All American Celebration July 5

July 5, 2015 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

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).  

Independence Day Show
12:15 p.m. and 2:15 p.m.
Grand Hall Lobby
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.

The Star-Spangled Banner: A History of Our National Anthem Show
3:30 p.m.
Main Exhibition
Learn the story of Francis Scott Key, the Battle of Fort McHenry, and the flag that inspired our national anthem.

Flag Etiquette Workshop
1:00 p.m.
Front Lawn
In this workshop, visitors will discover the history and symbolism of the American flag and learn all about the proper way to treat it.

Giant Flag Folding
1:30 p.m.
Front Lawn
Families can participate as members of the museum’s staff fold our 20X30 foot American flag!

Flag Ceremonies
9:15 a.m., 4:45 p.m.
Front Lawn
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.

Family Fun Activities
o    Make-and-Take Projects
At patriotic craft stations, children and their families can make Uncle Sam, Lady Liberty, and George Washington hats; star wands and wreaths; and crepe paper flags.
o    Colonial Demonstrations
Experience what life was like before modern technology with hands-on, Colonial-era demonstrations at a special paper and candle-making stations.  
o    Eighteenth Century Games
Try your hand at Hoop-and-Stick, Graces, Nine Pin, and other popular games played by children during the Revolutionary period on the museum’s front lawn.
o    Thank-A-Vet Postcards
Take a moment to write letters of gratitude to the men and women who have served in the country’s Armed Forces.

Join our virtual All American Celebration scavenger hunt! Show your smarts and complete against other festival goers in real time.  Getting started is easy:

1.            Download the Scavify App on your iPhone or Android
2.            Search for the All American Celebration Hunt
3.            Join the Hunt and Start Completing Tasks

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