INDEPENDENCE NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK AND PHILADELPHIA'S HISTORIC DISTRICT are the best places to make memories this summer, with events and activities for all ages to enjoy.

Now through Labor Day, the Independence Visitor Center, Independence Hall, and the Liberty Bell are open daily until 7:00 p.m. No timed tickets are required to tour the Hall after 5:00 p.m.

New this summer: Celebrate the 4th all season long with the Historic Philly Pass, your free passport to explore Philadelphia's Historic District with exclusive discounts!

Enjoy #SummerInPhilly

Independence Mall Café
Independence Mall 
Enjoy al fresco dining as you take in spectacular views of America’s Most Historic Square Mile. This pet-friendly outdoor café features free wifi, cell phone charging stations, and the best of Philly treats, including cheesesteaks, soft pretzels, salads, and beginning July 1, hot and cold breakfast items!
Open Daily, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Open for Breakfast, July 1 – 30, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

History Hunt! 
Christ Church Burial Ground
Each child that visits the burial ground will receive a “History Hunt” booklet, which contains questions about the seven signers of the Declaration of Independence buried on Christ Church grounds. 
Daily, July 1 – 6; And every Saturday and Sunday in July, Noon - 3 p.m.

Brethren of the Same Principle
Congress Hall
This year, before stepping out onto Independence Square to experience the annual reenactment of the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence, stop by Congress Hall first. In this FREE living history program, you will hear Thomas Jefferson argue the merits of the Declaration of Independence with colleague John Dickinson. This National Park Service program is a new addition to the park’s July 8 tradition, and will help visitors understand why these great men, and others like them, felt the way they did about the Declaration of Independence.
July 8, 10:30 a.m.

Living History: Reenactment of First Public Reading of the Declaration of Independence
Independence Hall  
On July 8, 1776, Colonel John Nixon stepped out into the State House Yard (now Independence Square) and read aloud the stirring words of the Declaration of Independence. For many, this was their first chance to hear these words, and to know that independence was possible. For others, it was a cry of treason. Join National Park Service Rangers and the animated crowd on Independence Square, behind Independence Hall, for this FREE event. Visitors will be given a copy of the Declaration of Independence to read along, and cheer or jeer. In order to view the National Park Service event from within the secure area around Independence Hall, visitors must pass through security screening at 5th and Chestnut Streets. The event can also be watched from the south side of the square, entering from 5th Street, Walnut Street, or 6th Street.
July 8, 11:45 a.m.

Twilight Tours
Independence Visitor Center
FREE walking tours of Independence National Historical Park depart from the Ranger’s Desk inside Independence Visitor Center every evening. A guide will lead visitors along the footpaths of America’s Most Historic Square Mile, connecting the present with history. The twilight is a magical time to discover the stories of America’s Birthplace, learn about the people who forged our nation, and understand its relevance to today.
Daily, 6 p.m. (No tour on July 3)

Revolutionary Americans Tour
Christ Church Burial Ground
The burial ground is the final resting place of many founding fathers including Benjamin Franklin. The 15 minute guided tour features the history of the burial ground and stories of the revolutionary people buried here who have connections to Christ Church.
Daily, Guided tours offered between 11:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Fridays with Franklin
Christ Church Burial Ground
Alongside his very grave, Ben Franklin himself captivates kids and adults alike with stories about his life, his fellow patriots, and America’s early leaders that played a pivotal role in our nation’s birth.
Fridays in July and August, 1 - 3 p.m.

Soldiers, Sailors, Stars, and Stripes
Christ Church Burial Ground
Join us for a tour of the Christ Church Burial Ground which commemorates over 300 years of military history. The tour includes stops at the graves of Revolutionary War heroes, the designer of the American flag, the Commander of Old Ironsides, two Civil War generals and Benjamin Franklin.
Fridays in July, 5:30 p.m. (Weather permitting)

Jefferson in Philadelphia
Declaration House
Join a park ranger for a talk about Thomas Jefferson’s life in Philadelphia while he was renting rooms in this house during the summer of 1776. This FREE, National Park Service event is a 15-minute program.
Daily, June 27 – September 7, 1:30 and 4:00 p.m. (Limited to 15 people)

Protesting for Equal Rights: 50th Anniversary - Reminder Day
Liberty Bell Center
Discover the courageous actions that members of the gay and lesbian community took to gain civil rights in this temporary exhibit.  Across from Independence Hall, on July 4, 1965 forty men and women carried signs saying, "HOMOSEXUALS CITIZENS DEMAND THEIR CIVIL RIGHTS." Risking harassment, career loss, and arrest, these protestors openly marched for equality. Called the Reminder Day, this action marked one of the earliest gay and lesbian civil rights protests in the United States. This FREE, temporary exhibit illustrates their struggle to overcome intolerance and gain equal rights for the LGBT community.
Daily through July 26, 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

For Kids: Junior Ranger Induction Ceremony
Independence Visitor Center
After completing the five free, interactive games on the Jr. Ranger app for iPad or iPhone or the Junior Ranger Booklet, children can meet a park ranger inside the Visitor Center to receive their official badge and be "sworn in" as National Park Service junior rangers.
Daily, 4:00 p.m.

Family Fun: National Park Fun Zones
Liberty Bell Center  or
Independence Visitor Center
Discover some family fun with the help of FREE puzzles, games, and the park's mobile app. Try a ranger's hat on for size, and share your knowledge of America's National Parks during this National Park Service Program.
Daily, beginning June 27
Liberty Bell Center hours:  9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Independence Visitor Center hours: throughout the day, 8:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

For Kids: Barnacles and Bullets
New Hall Military Museum
George Washington wants you! Come learn about life as a soldier or sailor. Have some fun trying on kid-sized military uniforms and colonial dress.  Find out what it would have been like to serve in the Continental Army or Navy during the American Revolution during this FREE, hands-on National Park Service program.
Daily, beginning June 27, 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. 

National Park Ranger Program: Ladies of Liberty, Justice, and Equality

Independence Visitor Center
Learn about the women who helped further the cause of liberty, justice, and equality for all. Topics include women of the American Revolution, abolition, and women's suffrage.  A park ranger leads this free, 30-minute slide program with inspiring stories of the crusades for women's rights.
Daily, August 16 – 23, Noon

National Park Ranger Walking Tour: The Women's American Revolution
Signers Garden
March on to victory with a park ranger and discover the women's suffrage campaigns that took place in the shadow of Independence Hall. Follow in the footsteps of the women who used Independence Square to fight their own revolution in this FREE, one-hour tour.
Daily, August 16 – 23, 2:30 p.m.

’70s Summer Cinema Series 
National Museum of American Jewish History
Politics. Power. Scandal. Disco. However one defines the ’70s, no definition is complete without the films from and about this pivotal era. This film series will explore American social and political life in the 1970s. July 1: Milk; July 8: Shampoo; July 15: Being There; July 22: The Candidate;  July 29: Funny Face.
Wednesdays in July at 7:00 p.m.

Money in Motion Exhibit
The Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia
Philadelphia is the home of the first Bank of the United States, so learn about the nation's financial history in this free exhibit! View money from the 13 colonies; examine a rare $100,000 bill; marvel at a 25-foot tower of shredded bills totaling $100 million; and test your skill at detecting counterfeits. You can even match wits with Benjamin Franklin as you test your knowledge of money.
June – August: Monday–Friday, 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.; Saturday, 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m
Holiday Schedule: June 29 & 30; July 2 & 3, 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
July 1, 4 & 5: Closed

Paddle Penn’s Landing
Independence Seaport Museum
Make some waves paddling down the Delaware River basin with friends. Paddle Penn's Landing has kayaks, tandem kayaks, rowboats, and swan boats docked right at the dock at Independence Seaport Museum. Soak up some sun and enjoy the scenery as you float across the water.
May through October, Daily, Noon – Sunset, Weather permitting.

Summer of Science
American Philosophical Museum
Get inspired by Thomas Jefferson (president AND scientist!) during the APS Museum’s Summer of Science. Each week will focus on a new topic Jefferson would have researched, from fossils and plants to maps and surveying. These kid-friendly activities and programs are inspired by the exhibition Jefferson, Science, and Exploration. FREE!
June 25 - September 6, Thursday - Sunday, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Pay-What-You-Wish Wednesday Evenings
National Museum of American Jewish History
Through Labor Day, the National Museum of American Jewish History stays open until 8:00pm on Wednesday evenings, with Pay-What-You-Wish admission after 5:00 p.m.
Through September 2, Wednesday Evenings, 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Speaking out for Equality: the Constitution, Gay Rights and the Supreme Court
National Constitution Center 
This new exhibit chronicles the gay rights movement and the ongoing debate over how much the Constitution protects gay rights. Come hear the story, see articles and photos, and tell us what you think about the Supreme Court’s life-altering decision to allow same-sex marriage nationwide.
June 5 – September 7

Officer's Candidate School
Independence Visitor Center
Kids, enroll and receive an assignment that will require you to solve problems and prove your worth to the army during this National Park Service program. Report to the New Hall Military Museum to drill with your fellow recruits and receive your commission.  
June 27 - July 5, Daily 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Richard Avedon: Family Affairs
National Museum of American Jewish History
Richard Avedon’s striking photographs helped define America’s perceptions of beauty, politics, and power."Family Affairs" features more than 70 works by the renowned photographer, including a massive mural of Beat poet Allen Ginsberg and his family, a group portrait of Andy Warhol and the Factory, and a series of portraits published by Rolling Stone on the eve of the 1976 presidential election.
Open through August 2

Creating Camelot: The Kennedy Photography of Jacques Lowe
National Constitution Center 
This new exhibit showcases more than 70 intimate photographs and iconic images of President John F. Kennedy, his wife, Jacqueline, and their children, Caroline and John Jr. — photos that helped create the legend of the Kennedy presidency known as “Camelot.”
Open through September 7

Flag-Raising at the Betsy Ross House
Betsy Ross House
Start your day in the charming Betsy Ross House courtyard with Betsy Ross and one of her Colonial friends, raising the thirteen-star flag with pomp and circumstance.
May 23 - September 7, Daily at 10:00 a.m

Meet Ben Franklin at the Historic Philadelphia Center
Historic Philadelphia Center
New this summer, come face-to-face with Philadelphia’s favorite “electrifying” Founding Father – only at the Historic Philadelphia Center. Learn about Dr. Franklin’s trailblazing experiments with electricity, interact with a collection of his revolutionary inventions, and listen as he shares captivating tales from his life as a statesman, inventor, and diplomat. 
June 9 - August 15: Tuesday – Saturday, Noon - 2:00 p.m.
August 21- September 5: Friday and Saturday, Noon - 2:00 p.m.

Declaration of Independence Reading at Independence Hall
Independence Hall
Greet the History Makers and hear moving readings from the Declaration of Independence.
June 9 - August 15: Tuesdays – Saturdays, 3:45 p.m.
August 21 - September 5: Fridays and Saturdays, 3:45 p.m.
September 6 and 7, Labor Day Weekend: 3:45 p.m. 

Military Muster
Signers Garden
The marching drum is a sure sign: the Continental Army is looking for a few good kids for drills in the art of marching and musket etiquette.
June 9 - August 15: Tuesday – Saturday, 2:00 and 3:00 p.m.
August 21 - September 5: Friday and Saturday, 2:00 and 3:00 p.m.
September 6 & 7, Labor Day Weekend: 2:00 and 3:00 p.m.

Once Upon A Nation Storytelling Benches
Independence National Historical Park
Specially-trained, uniformed storytellers delight and entertain with free, short five- minute stories while sharing the secrets of Philadelphia’s and America’s history. Children can pick up a Story Flag at any storytelling bench, then collect a starfrom every storyteller on their journey. Flags with all the stars can be redeemed for a History Hero Certificate and a free carousel ride on the Parx Liberty Carousel.
June 9 - August 15: Tuesday – Saturday, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
August 21 - September 5: Fridays and Saturdays,
11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
September 6 and 7, Labor Day Weekend: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Twilight Tours of Independence National Historical Park
Independence Visitor Center 
FREE walking tours of Independence National Historical Park every evening in the summer.  Follow our guides as they lead you along the brick and cobblestone footpaths of the park and connect you to our history.  Discover the stories of America’s Birthplace, learn about the men and women who forged our nation and understand how it is all relevant to today.
June 17 – September 7, Daily at 6:00 p.m.

Constituting Liberty: From the Declaration of to the Bill of Rights
National Constitution Center
Experience America’s founding documents up close! The National Constitution Center is proud to display one of the 12 surviving copies of the Bill of Rights. It is right alongside a first edition Stone Engraving of the Declaration of Independence and a rare copy of the first public printing of the U.S. Constitution in the brand new George H.W. Bush Gallery.
Open through Fall 2017

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