Stripes and Stars Festival

Stripes and Stars Festival

June 14, 2014

Philadelphia’s Stripes and Stars Festival
Saturday, June 14, 2014, 8 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Independence National Historical Park and surrounding locations throughout Historic Philadelphia
Admission: Most events are free. The National Constitution Center is offering $5 admission on June 14 courtesy The Macy’s Foundation.  Admission to the Betsy Ross House is $5 on June 14.

Directions and Parking Suggestions

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!

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Festival Highlights

Stripes and Stars Community Fair
Independence Mall, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Visit booths staffed by community partners, include several veterans organizations. Military vehicles, including a World War II Era Jeep, will be on display.  Performances include the Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps and the U.S. Army Silent Drill Team.

50 Star Flag Raising and Grand Parade
National Constitution Center Front Lawn, 10 a.m.

Stripes and Stars Festival Opening Ceremony
Independence Hall, 10:25 a.m.
Independence National Historical Park Superintendent Cynthia McLeod will read the original act that established the flag of the United States, followed by a reading of the Mayor’s Army Birthday Proclamation, remarks by military dignitaries, and a special enlistment ceremony.

Philadelphia Flag Day Association Awards Ceremony
National Constitution Center, 12:15 p.m.

Naturalization Ceremony
Betsy Ross House, 1:30 p.m.
Watch as 13 new citizens become naturalized during a special ceremony.

Giant Flag Folding
National Constitution Center, 4:15 p.m.

U.S. Army Brass Quintet Family Concert
Independence Hall, 6:30 p.m.

Daylong Events

Macy’s Family Day
National Constitution Center, 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Admission: $5 courtesy of The Macy’s Foundation
Enjoy arts and craft activities, educational programs on the history of the flag, musical performances, and tons of patriotic fun in honor of the red, white, and blue!

History of the American Flag Exhibition
National Constitution Center, 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Admission: $5 courtesy of The Macy’s Foundation
View historic American flags on loan from the Philadelphia Flag Day Association.

Flag Fest: Stars and Stripes Saturday
Betsy Ross House, 10 a.m.to 5 p.m.
Admission: $5
Family-friendly activities include performances by the Give & Take Jugglers, the Funicular Aerial Circus, and the Mummers.

Featured Partners

Philadelphia Flag Day Association, William Penn Chapter of the Association of the United States Army (AUSA), City of Philadelphia, Historic Philadelphia, Inc., National Constitution Center, Independence National Historical Park, Fort Mifflin, Independence Visitor Center, Pennsylvania National Guard, Daughters of the American Revolution, Sons of the American Revolution (Philadelphia Continental Chapter), Thank-A-Vet, and Veterans Multi-Service Center.

In the Classroom

Lesson Plans and Activities

From Constitution Daily