INDEPENDENCE NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK & PHILADELPHIA'S HISTORIC DISTRICT are the best places to experience a vibrant colonial summer with one-of-a-kind activities for all ages to enjoy. 

Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell and the Ben Franklin Museum are open daily until 7:00 p.m. through Labor Day. No tickets are required to visit the Hall from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. 

Celebrate July 4 in Independence National Historical Park 

Wawa Hoagie Day
Independence Mall
Hoagie Day is Life, Liberty & the Pursuit of Deliciousness at it finest as 5 tons of hoagie will be assembled at the National Constitution Center and served free to thousands of people outside the Independence Visitor Center on Independence Mall. Join in this patriotic event as Wawa salutes our military, fire, and police men and women. For the third straight year, the National Constitution Center is partnering with Wawa for Wawa Hoagie Day. Admission to the Constitution Center is free on July 2, courtesy of Wawa.
July 2, 12:00 p.m. 

POPS! on Independence
Independence Mall 
Independence National Historical Park welcomes the Philly POPS for their return engagement for another music-filled evening set against the backdrop of Independence Hall. A signature event of the Wawa Welcome America festival, the concert is free. Bring a picnic blanket, some good food and drink, and sit back and enjoy the show under the stars.

July 3, 8:00 p.m. 

Independence Day Celebration
National Constitution Center
Free for all! Celebrate America’s birthday with free admission for all at the National Constitution Center.
July 4 

A Celebration of Freedom
Independence Hall
Enjoy a free, patriotic and inspiring morning full of music, speeches and readings from the Declaration of Independence, hosted with the City of Philadelphia and Wawa Welcome America.
July 4, 10:00 a.m.

Independence Day Parade
Independence Mall

The old-time Fourth of July parade! Hosted by the City of Philadelphia and Wawa Welcome America, the parade features floats, marching bands from around the country, military groups and much more winding through the streets of the historic district. 
July 4, 11:00 a.m. 

Let Freedom Ring
Independence Mall
Join the Descendants of the Signers of the Declaration of Independence and the Pennsylvania Society of the Sons of the American Revolution for a program of history, pomp and circumstance on Independence Mall. 
July 4, 1:00 p.m.

America's Birthday Party with Betsy Ross and Termini Bros Bakery
Independence Visitor Center
Join Betsy Ross and Termini Brothers Bakery as they unveil the world’s largest American Flag made entirely of cupcakes then stay for a free taste of the red, white and blue!
July 4, 1:00 p.m.  

50th Anniversary Celebration of the LGBT Civil Rights Movement
Independence Mall 
Join speakers and special guests for the commemoration of the first organized Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender civil rights demonstration held in front of Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell on July 4, 1965. Calling their demonstrations “Annual Reminders,” these courageous individuals held them every Fourth of July from 1965 through 1969. 
July 4, 3:00 p.m. 

Declaration of Independence Public Reading
Independence Visitor Center
Join us for a dramatic reading of the Declaration of Independence. 
July 4, 9:30 a.m. & 2:30 p.m. 

Summer on Independence Mall

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 upcoming decision about whether the Constitution protects the right to same-sex marriage.

June 5 through September 7, 2015

Stripes and Stars Festival
National Constitution Center
It promises to be a red, white and blue celebration as the National Constitution Center honors the birth of the United States Army and the American Flag!   Take advantage of $5 admission courtesy of Macy’s.
June 14

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. Report to the New Hall Military Museum at 12:30pm or 3:30pm to drill with your fellow recruits and receive your commission.  
June 27 - July 5, 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, 2015.

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, 2015.

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.
May 29 - June 6: Noon - 2:00 p.m., Fridays & Saturdays 
June 9 - August 15: Noon - 2:00 p.m. Tuesdays - Saturdays
August 21- September 5: Noon - 2:00 p.m., Fridays & Saturdays 

Declaration of Independence Reading at Independence Hall
Independence Mall

Greet the History Makers and hear moving readings from the Declaration of Independence.
May 29 - June 6: 3:45 pm, Fridays and Saturdays
June 9 - August 15: 3:45 pm, Tuesdays – Saturdays
August 21 - September 5: 3:45 pm, Fridays and Saturdays
September 6 & 7, Labor Day Weekend: 3:45 p.m., daily 

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.

May 29 - June 6: 2:00 and 3:00 pm, Fridays and Saturdays
June 9 - August 15: 2:00 and 3:00 pm, Tuesdays – Saturdays
August 21 - September 5: 2:00 and 3:00 pm, Fridays and Saturdays
September 6 & 7, Labor Day Weekend: 2:00 and 3:00 p.m., daily

Once Upon A Nation Storytellling Benches
Independence National Historical Park

Specially-trained, uniformed storytellers delight and entertain with free, short 5- 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 star
from 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.

May 29 - June 6: 11 am - 4 pm, Fridays and Saturdays
June 9 - August 15: 11 am - 4 pm, Tuesdays – Saturdays
August 21 - September 5: 11 am - 4 pm, Fridays and Saturdays
September 6 & 7, Labor Day Weekend: 11 am - 4 pm

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.
Tours begin daily at 6:00 p.m. June 17 through September 7, 2015. 

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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