One of the Center’s biggest civic holidays—the joint birthday of the American flag and the U.S. Army—falls on the same day we open the doors to our must-see feature exhibition, The 1968 Exhibit. On opening weekend, we will explore what the year 1968 meant to our flag, our military, and our country!
Flag Raising Ceremony
9 a.m. and 4:45 p.m.
The day kicks off with a special flag raising ceremony on the Center’s front lawn, followed by military drill exercises.
The 1968 Exhibit will open with a special ribbon-cutting ceremony featuring Army veterans who served during the Vietnam War, and a special performance of the national anthem in the style of ’60s icon Jimi Hendrix. The ribbon cutting will be followed by the raising of a Vietnam-era flag on the Center’s front lawn and Independence Mall’s annual Flag Day–Army Day Parade.
The ribbon-cutting will be followed by Independence Mall’s annual Flag Day/Army Day Parade from the Center to Independence Hall, where the celebration will continue!
Artifact Workshop: The Huey
10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.
Grand Hall Lobby
Learn about one of the biggest primary sources the Center has ever had on display—A Vietnam-era helicopter—and discover what this artifact can tell you about that moment in history.
Main Exhibition Tours
11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Meet at Preamble Wall, Main Exhibition
Special tours of the Center’s main exhibitions will explore the history of the United States Army from its founding on June 14, 1775 when George Washington was named our first commander-in-chief, through the tumultuous years of the Vietnam War, to current operations.
Flag Etiquette Workshop
12 p.m. and 2 p.m.
A special edition of this popular workshop will explore the history of the American Flag from the revolution to today, including the fascinating road the flag took during the 1960s—we’ll explore everything from the people who burned the flag in protest to the moment Neil Armstrong planted it on the surface of the moon!
Make and Take Stations
9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Visitors can get into the ’60s spirit by designing an American flag with special tie-dye effects as well as creating other patriotic crafts!
The Star-Spangled Banner: A History
11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
Learn the story of Francis Scott Key, the Battle of Fort McHenry, and the flag that inspired America’s national anthem.