Betsy Ross House

Special Events

Betsy Ross House

Funding for The Betsy Ross House public programs is supported by a grant from the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Colonial Chocolate making with Mars Chocolate Ambassadors

  • October 12: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • October 13: 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. at Old City Fest
  • November 30: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • December 31: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Meet three female entrepreneurs and learn how women played an active role during the American Revolution - from making important military supplies, like flags and musket cartridges, to choosing "patriotic" beverages like chocolate and coffee, rather than tea. Sample the hot chocolate drink that colonists enjoyed. Sponsored by Mars Wrigley Confectionery.

    Meet Phillis the Washerwoman

  • July 4 - November 30: Thursdays - Sundays, noon - 5 p.m.
  • 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. Though her work was hard as a free and educated woman, she enjoyed a degree of independence that many were looking for in 18th century Philadelphia.

    Historic Holidays in Old City Tree Lighting Ceremony

  • Thursday, December 5: 5 – 7:30 p.m.
  • Carolers, History Makers and a tree lighting ceremony in the House's courtyard will signal the start of Historic Holidays in Old City. Meet Betsy Ross, enjoy musical performances and seasonal sips and bites, and get the first peek at the new Old City District holiday tree designed by Old City's Petit Jardin en Ville and, of course, say hello to Santa! Visitors can enjoy buy-one-get-one off admission at the Betsy Ross House, as well as 10% off apparel at the Museum Store.

    Community Menorah Lighting

  • Sunday, December 22: 4:30 p.m.
  • The House will join the Old City Jewish Arts Center to host a community menorah lighting celebrating the first night of Chanukah, complete with traditional foods like latke, doughnuts, and more. The OCJAC plans holiday-related children's activities and a nightly menorah lighting during the Jewish holiday.

    Betsy's Birthday Bash

  • Tuesday, December 31: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Everyone's favorite New Year's Eve party returns to the Betsy Ross House. Betsy's Birthday Bash celebrates the January 1, 1752 birth of America's most famous flag maker with colonial chocolate making, entertainment, and, at 1 p.m., cake courtesy of City Tavern.


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Group Activities, Tours, and Unique Experiences

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Plan your group trip to Historic Philadelphia with unique experiences from the Betsy Ross House, Franklin Square, and Once Upon A Nation! From interactive Storytelling tours and Philadelphia-themed mini golf to performances by historic reenactors, it's all listed right here!

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