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Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival

Dates: Friday, April 22 - Sunday, June 12

Times: 6 - 10 pm, Sunday - Thursday; 6 - 11 pm, Friday & Saturday






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The Festival, appearing for the first time in the Northeast United States, is a celebration of light and culture that features artisans from China and the Philadelphia region. Franklin Square will glow with more than 25 larger-than-life illuminated displays of giant flowers, a three-story pagoda, a huge Chinese dragon and much more, created using traditional Chinese methods with thousands of LED lights in brilliant colors.


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Meet Phillis the Laundress

Dates: Saturdays & Sundays in May

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.

First Friday Movies Under the Stars and Stripes

$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 Ross House Flag Festival

Dates: June 11 - 18

Time: 10 am - 5 pm

Celebrate Flag Day in the birthplace of Old Glory with a week of fun festivities for the whole family at the Betsy Ross House. Flag Festival 2016 kicks off at the start of National Flag Week on June 11 with Stars & Stripes Saturday, a mini carnival in the Betsy Ross House courtyard with carnival games, juggling and circus acts, and a Punch and Judy Puppet show. Highlights of the week include visits from Benjamin Franklin and George Washington, crafts for kids, a Flag Day Proclamation and the Philadelphia Flag Day Association’s Naturalization Ceremony. Stars & Stripes Saturday event is free with admission. All other Flag Festival activities are free.


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: Fridays and Saturdays, May 27 – June 11

Time: 5:30 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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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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