Memorial Day Weekend
Saturday, May 24 – Monday, May 26, 2014
Admission: Free with museum, admission.
Program times vary; check the museum Visitor Guide upon arrival for the schedule. During Memorial Day weekend, the National Constitution Center will pay tribute by exploring how Americans honor our military heroes. The American flag will be raised each morning during a special ceremony at the museum.
Guests also can learn proper flag protocol at special workshops and demonstrations throughout the weekend. During the special program Memorials: How a Nation Remembers, visitors will learn about monuments across the country, including Little Bighorn, the U.S.S. Arizona, and the Lincoln Memorial. Visitors can sing their favorite American anthems at a patriotic karaoke station. Children and their families can create memorial poppy pins, American flags, and American star memorial wreaths at special craft activity stations as well as write letters to soldiers stationed overseas.
At opening and closing of the museum
The American flag will be raised every morning and lowered every evening on the museum’s front lawn. Visitors will have the opportunity to participate as they learn the proper protocol for this poignant ceremony.
Patriotic Karaoke Station
10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Saturday and Monday
Visitors will have an opportunity to sing their favorite songs about America.
Craft Activity Stations
10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Visitors can create patriotic crafts including poppy pins, star wreaths, and crepe paper American flags.
Thank-A-Vet Letter Station
10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Through a special partnership with the Thank-A-Vet organization, send a message to a veteran thanking him or her for supporting and defending the Constitution.
Memorials: How a Nation Remembers Show
10 a.m., 12 p.m., and 2 p.m.
This special program illuminates the history of our nation’s famous memorials and how they contribute to popular memory.
Liberty Tree Show
10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., and 2:30 p.m.
Memorial Day Weekend marks the “birthday” of the National Constitution Center’s very own living memorial, the Liberty Tree. Visitors can learn about the history of Liberty Trees in America and the story of how Pennsylvania’s Liberty Tree came to live on the museum’s lawn.
Flag Etiquette Workshop
11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday and Monday
Explore the history and meaning behind America’s national symbol and learn about the ways to treat the flag with reverence and respect.
Giant Flag Folding Activity
After learning the ins and outs of flag etiquette, visitors can use their new knowledge to help fold the National Constitution Center’s giant American flag!