Red, White, & Blue To-Do

July 2 will be a day of ‘pomp and parade’ as envisioned by John Adams

A vibrant display of patriotic celebration, Red, White, & Blue To-Do will bring together museums, historic sites, and local businesses in America’s most historic square mile to honor our nation’s founding. This monumental occasion promises to be a memorable experience for all, featuring the Red, White, & Blue To-Do Pomp & Parade, festooned decor, concerts, games, extended visitation hours at area historic attractions, restaurant specials, and much more.

Learn more about:
Decorating Days

Decorating Days

Decorating Days

Musical Performances

pomp and parade

Pomp & Parade

Discover what's happening at other participating museums and organizations on July 2, including their hours, special programming, and more!

Participating Museums & Organizations

African American Museum in Philadelphia


American Philosophical Society

Arch Street Meeting House

Arch Street Meeting House

phila anthenaeum

Athenaeum of Philadelphia

betsy ross

Betsy Ross House

carpenters hall

Carpenters' Hall

elfreths alley

Elfreth's Alley

franklin square

Franklin Square

storytelling bench

Historic Philadelphia Inc.


Historical Society of Pennsylvania


Independence Historical Trust

seaport museum

Independence Seaport Museum


Independence Visitor Center

Museum of the American Revolution

Museum of the American Revolution


National Constitution Center

national liberty museum

National Liberty Museum

sci history institute

Science History Institute


Weitzman National Museum of American Jewish History

Schedule of Events

9 - 11 am: The fun begins with flag raisings, museums, and historic sites openings, special recognitions, and Children's Naturalization Ceremony at the Betsy Ross House (9 a.m.)

11 am: Red, White, Blue To-Do Pomp & Parade kicks-off at the National Constitution Center, traveling along Independence Mall (Pre-registration to march in the Pomp & Parade is required. Stay tuned to the website for information)

11 am. - 3 pm: Welcome America's Go 4th and Learn: Carpenters' Hall 250th Anniversary 

12 pm: Parade arrives at the end point at Carpenters' Hall

12 - 2 pm: Independence Barbeque with lunch specials throughout Old City

2 - 5 pm: Musical performances at four locations throughout the Historic District (Arch Street Meeting House, African American Museum in Philadelphia, National Liberty Museum and Elfreth's Alley)

4 - 7 pm: Extended hours and special events at various historical sites and food and specials throughout Old City

Know the History

The official Independence Day—July 2, 1776—came to be when the Second Continental Congress voted in Independence Hall to approve a resolution declaring: “That these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent States, that they are absolved from all allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain is, and ought to be, totally dissolved.” 

John Adams thought July 2 should be marked as a national holiday for generations to come: “The Second Day of July 1776, will be the most memorable Epocha, in the History of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated, by succeeding Generations, as the great anniversary Festival…It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade with shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this continent to the other from this Time forward forever more,” Adams wrote to his wife, Abigail Adams. 

The Declaration of Independence was signed by representatives from the Colonies two days later, on July 4, 1776.

For more details on the Red, White, & Blue To-Do, check out our latest press release!