All-American Celebration June 30, 2016

June 30, 2016

Free Admission Courtesy of Wawa

All-American Celebration Programming: Wawa Hoagie Day
Thursday, June 30, 2016, 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Free Admission Courtesy of Wawa
Wawa's Hoagie Day event is back and bigger than ever.  Wawa chefs, hundreds of Wawa associates, and hoagie-lovers from across Philadelphia will come together to build more than 20,000 hoagies weighing five tons.  A portion of the hoagies will be given to Philabundance and to Veteran's centers before the Hoagie Day event.  The remainder will be served later that day to the crowd in Independence Mall!

Wawa invites you to enjoy a free day at the National Constitution Center including Freedom Rising, The Story of We the People and Signers' Hall and the newest feature exhibition, Headed to the White House.

The 1776 Experience—Revolutionary War Encampment
All Day
Front Lawn
Join Revolutionary War re-enactors as you step into a re-created military encampment right on the National Constitution Center’s front lawn. Your training starts right away as you practice mustering with the troops, stop by the medical tent to visit the wounded, visit the blacksmith shop for a new sword, or try your hand at carpentry or leatherwork. You’ll see if a soldiers’ life is for you!

Hoagies for Heroes Displays and Activities
10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Grand Hall Overlook
Join Wawa in supporting our troops with activities, including letter writing and assembling a care package to send to the troops, and arts and crafts.

History of the Hoagie Exhibit
10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Grand Hall Overlook
Explore the story of one of Philadelphia most beloved companies.

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., 2:00 p.m., 4 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.

What America Eats: The History of the Hoagie Show
11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
Grand Hall Overlook Stage
This fun and engaging program will explore the history of the American hoagie and the many names “We the People” use for this sandwich. (Do you call it a sub? A hero? A grinder?).

A Historic Debate Between John Adams and Thomas Jefferson
1:00 p.m.
Kirby Auditorium
Founding Fathers John Adams and Thomas Jefferson were good friends and allies during the revolutionary period, but after our republic was established, their differing philosophies eventually drove a wedge between them.  In this unique program, Adams and Jefferson actors will stage their interpretation of a debate between these two historic figures.

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!

Sworn-Again America Ceremony
1:00 p.m.
Grand Hall Overlook
In this patriotic ceremony, visitors will have the opportunity to take the same oath that naturalized citizens take!  
When naturalizing immigrants become American citizens, they learn the history and the civic scripture of our nation. They take a test. They come together to take an oath. Sworn-Again America got to thinking: What would it look like for all of us to take an oath? For citizens of long standing and Americans new and old to renew our civic vows? To become Sworn-Again?
Inspired by Eric Liu and Sworn-Again America

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