Coming Up in Historic Philadelphia!

JULY 4th

Plan your July 4th weekend with Historic Philadelphia, Inc.! From the Once Upon A Nation Storytelling Benches, to the fun all weekend at Franklin Square, Historic Philadelphia, Inc. has programming for everyone to celebrate America's birthday!

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Independence Day Family Fun

Date: Saturday - Monday, July 2 - 4

Times: Noon - 3 pm

Celebrate America's birthday with fun featuring the Lightning Bolt Express Train. Tickets required for all attractions.


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.

Betsy’s Independence Day Bash

Monday, July 4, 11 am - 3 pm

Celebrate Independence in the birthplace of Old Glory! There will be plenty of activities for kids, a children’s naturalization ceremony at 1:30 pm, and a ceremonial bell ringing at 2 pm. FREE.

Meet Phillis the Laundress

Dates: Fridays - Sundays in June

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.


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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In Perfect Felicity

Date: Thursday, June 30

Time: 6 pm

Location: American Philosophical Society, 5th and Chestnut Streets

Come see George and Martha Washington look back over their 40-year marriage. Recommended for ages 12 and up.

We Differ As Rational Friends

Date: Thursday, June 30

Time: 1 pm

Location: National Constitution Center

Hear a spirited debate between John Adams and Thomas Jefferson. Recommended for ages 12 and up.

Future Storytellers!

Historic Philadelphia, Inc. is looking for the next generation of storytellers! For the more than a decade, Historic Philadelphia, Inc.'s award-winning Once Upon A Nation Storytelling program has transported adults and children alike back in time with true stories of Philadelphia's past.

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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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