All-American Celebration July 1, 2016

July 1, 2016

Join the National Constitution Center for an array of patriotic festivities surrounding Independence Day, including the interactive Independence Day show, exploring the history of the Declaration of Independence and how the definition of “We the People” has expanded since Thomas Jefferson penned the famous words “…all men are created equal…” in 1776. Visitors can create Colonial-era arts and crafts and stop by the museum’s Revolutionary War encampment on the museum’s front lawn. Colonial musical performances will take place throughout the week as well as appearances by some other famous historical figures (in the form of reenactors).  


All-American Celebration Programming
Friday, July 1, 2016, 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Family Fun Activities
10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
•    Make-and-Take Projects
•    Colonial Demonstrations
•    Eighteenth Century Games
•    Thank-A-Vet Postcards

Independence Day Show
10:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m., 4:00 p.m.
Grand Hall Overlook Stage
From parades to protests, cannons to flag waving, explosive words to fiery demonstrations, this show takes an in-depth look at this exciting celebration of freedom from the early days of American independence to the present day.

A Republic, Madam
10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m.
A Republic, Madam is a four actor performance imagining how Mrs. Elizabeth Powel and the citizens of Philadelphia reacted to Benjamin Franklin’s advice that “you” the citizen is ultimately responsible for upholding the principles of the new government. Written by a trio of local Philadelphia high school seniors, A Republic, Madam is part of the Founding Freedoms Essay and Playwriting Contest generously sponsored by the John Templeton Foundation.

Flag Etiquette Workshop
10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m.
Join the National Constitution Center staff each morning for a spirited Flag Raising Ceremony, and then again in the evenings as we reverently lower it.  In special workshops, visitors will discover the history and symbolism of the American flag and learn all about the proper way to treat it.

Presidency 101: Article II and the Constitution
11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
Grand Hall Overlook Stage
At Constitution 101 – Article II and The Presidency, visitors explore Article II and the duties and requirements of the executive office and take part in “Who am I?” questions as well as presidential role-play scenarios.

The Star-Spangled Banner: A History of Our National Anthem Show
12:00 and 3:00 p.m.
Grand Hall Overlook Stage
Learn the story of Francis Scott Key, the Battle of Fort McHenry, and the flag that inspired our national anthem.

Giant Flag Folding
12:45 p.m.
Families can participate as members of the museum’s staff fold our 20X30 foot American flag!

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