Coming Up in Historic Philadelphia!


Historic Philadelphia, Inc. has added additional FREE programs for this historic occasion in Philadelphia!

Special added FREE programs for the Democratic National Convention are sponsored by CHUBB.

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Franklin Square's 10th Birthday Celebration

Date: Sunday, July 31

Times: 11 am

Franklin Square is turning 10! Join Ben Franklin as he blows out the candles for the Square's 10th birthday celebration with cake and plenty of fun, FREE activities.

Dhyana Yoga Presents FREE Outdoor Yoga

Dates: Saturday, July 30

Times: 9:30 - 10:30 am

Join Dhyana Yoga in Franklin Square for a practice that will make you sweat, laugh, breathe, and believe in the powerful effects of Yoga. All are welcome! Bring a Yoga mat or a big towel to practice on, some water, and your friends to stretch and tone your way through the summer with Dhyana Yoga!

FREE Outdoor Yoga is weather permitting. Please check the Dhyana Yoga Outdoor Yoga Classes Facebook Page for weather updates and other information.

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Meet Phillis the Laundress

Dates: Fridays - Sundays in July

Time: Noon - 5 pm

Betsy Ross House (239 Arch Street)

Meet Phillis, a free African American woman who was born into slavery in Philadelphia. She went to school to learn to read and was then indentured where she acquired valuable domestic skills, such as cooking and laundry, which she used to support herself when she received her freedom at the age of 21. As a free woman of color, Phillis lived in a growing and active community of free blacks in 18th century Philadelphia.

Sponsored by the Connelly Foundation.

First Friday Movies Under the Stars and Stripes

Time: 5 - 9 pm

$5 admission includes a tour of the Betsy Ross House and a movie in the courtyard. Visitors are encouraged to bring food and a bottle of wine to watch the movie.

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Tippler’s Tour: Ben’s Kites & Flights

Dates:Thursdays, May 26 – August 11

Time: 5:30 pm

Departing Location: Independence Visitor Center (6th & Market Streets)

Toast with Dr. Benjamin Franklin as he joins part of the tour and guests hear stories and talk with the Founding Father. Stops include Independence Mall Cafe at the Independence Visitor Center, Salon 401 at The Franklin, National Mechanics, and City Tavern.

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Independence After Hours

Dates: Tuesdays-Saturdays, June 14 – August 13

Time: 5:30 pm, Note: July 1 - July 4 begins at 6:30 pm

Departing Location: Independence Visitor Center (6th & Market Streets)

Visit inside Independence Hall at night after public hours and experience what those late nights of the summer of 1776 were like for the Founding Fathers. The evening begins with a delicious three-course meal at the Historic City Tavern. Inside the Hall, visitors witness several Founding Fathers deep in discussion over the creation of the Declaration of Independence.

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Once Upon A Nation Free Programming

Historic Philadelphia, Inc. is further expanding its memorable encounters with additional free programming that allows History Makers to regale visitors with first-hand, interactive accounts of historical times that are second to none.

Additional programming is funded by Gerry Lenfest and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Department of Community and Economic Development in partnership with VISIT PHILADELPHIA®.

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Ways to Give

To designate your United Way workplace program gifts to Historic Philadelphia, Inc., please use our Donor Choice Number: 14106. Contributions made through the United Way support our education outreach program.

Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package

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The Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package includes a one- or two- night hotel stay in one of the dozens of participating hotels, FREE hotel parking (up to a $100 value) and a free welcome gift from VISIT PHILADELPHIA®

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