Betsy Ross House
Betsy Ross House Open for Extended Hours
Now through July 31, Betsy Ross House will stay open until 6 pm each day! Hear about the change Betsy made to the original design for the American flag and see the bedroom where Betsy could have sewn the first Stars & Stripes.
Flag Raising at the Betsy Ross House
Daily, May 26 - September 3, 10 am
Start your day at the Betsy Ross House, as Betsy Ross and one of her Colonial friends, raise the 13-star flag with pomp and circumstance.
Little Rebel Beer Garden Series presented by Devil’s Den
5 - 10 pm
Presented by South Philadelphia’s popular Devil’s Den, the Beer Garden features craft beers by several different local brewers each month, as well as tasty treats from some of the city’s most popular food trucks. The July and September dates will also feature live jazz performances by the Melange Jazz Collective. Food and drink are pay-as-you-go and after-hours tours of the House are just $5. Below are the dates for The Beer Garden Series:
- Thursday, August 9
- Friday, September 14
- Thursday, October 11
First Friday Movies Under the Stars & Stripes
Enjoy $5 admission, a tour of the Betsy Ross House, and a movie in the courtyard. Visitors are encouraged to arrive early and bring food and a bottle of wine to watch the movie. Below are the dates for First Friday Movies:
- August 3: Invaders from Space
- September 7: Revenge of the Creature
- October 5: Bucket of Blood and Night of the Living Dead (double feature)
Meet Phillis the Laundress
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. Below are future dates Phillis will be at the Betsy Ross House.
- Now - November 30: Thursday - Sunday, Noon - 5 pm
Phillis' programming is sponsored by the Philadelphia Abolitionist Society Endowment Fund of the Philadelphia Foundation.
Colonial Chocolate Making
11 am - 4 pm (unless stated otherwise)
FREE in the Betsy Ross House Courtyard
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. Below are the dates for the upcoming demonstrations.
- October 6
- October 7 (11 am - 6 pm)
- November 24
- December 1
- December 31
Sponsored by AMERICAN HERITAGE® Chocolate.
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!