Celebrate the American flag at the National Constitution Center’s Macy’s Family Day, a part Philadelphia’s Stripes and Stars Festival!
From star-spangled banners to five-star generals, Philadelphia celebrates the shared birthday of two of our country’s greatest institutions—the American flag and the U.S. Army! This patriotic, fun-filled day will include special ceremonies, parades, musical performances, military demonstrations, and much more. The National Constitution Center will take part in the Festival, hosting a brand new exhibit on the history of the American Flag, as well as educational workshops and family friendly activities!
Admission to the National Constitution Center will be $5 on June 14, courtesy of Macy’s
For more information on the Stripes and Stars Festival, visit: www.constitutioncenter.org/stripesandstars
History of the American Flag Exhibit
Annenberg Lobby, 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
View historic American flags on loan from the Philadelphia Flag Day Association.
Family Fun Activities
Grand Hall Lobby, 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Step back in time and play 18th century games, or have a portrait done by our silhouette artist! Families can also create fun craft projects at special activity tables and hear tales of the American Revolution at our story corner.
Flag Raising Ceremony and Grand Parade
Front Lawn, 10 a.m.
Following a 50-star flag raising, troops—past and present—will join a patriotic parade to Independence Hall.
Philadelphia Flag Day Association Exhibit Ribbon Cutting and Awards Ceremony
Annenberg Lobby, 12:15 p.m.
The museum hosts our partners, the Philadelphia Flag Day Associate, as they celebrate the opening of a unique display of historic American Flags.
Flag Etiquette Workshop
Main Exhibit Space, 11 a.m., 1:15 p.m., 3:30 p.m.
You might know that the flag should never touch the ground, but did you realize that there are many more rules about the care of our national symbol? Learn everything you need to know at this interactive workshop.
The Star-spangled Banner: A History of our National Anthem
Main Exhibit Space, 11:45 a.m., 2 p.m., 4:15 p.m.
Learn the fascinating story of Francis Scott Key, the Battle of Fort McHenry, and the flag that inspired our national anthem.
In the Army Now Show
Main Exhibit Space, 12:30 p.m., 2:45 p.m., 5 p.m.
Discover the ins and outs of Army life, including a brief history lesson, insider lingo, and the proper way to salute!
Demonstrations by the U.S. Army Drill Team
Front Lawn, 12:45 p.m., 2:15 p.m.
Watch a spectacular patriotic performance and help celebrate the Army’s birthday!
Performances by the United States Army Voices
Front Lawn, 1:45 p.m., 3:15 p.m.
“Raise it Up! Anthem for America” Performance and Flag Lowering Ceremony
Front Lawn, 4 p.m.
Join the chorus for a rousing rendition of the Star Spangled Banner in honor of its 200th anniversary.
Presented in partnership with the Historical Society of Pennsylvania