Stripes and Stars Festival

Stripes and Stars Festival

June 14, 2016

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Stripes and Stars Festival: Flag Day and Army Birthday

Philadelphia’s Stripes and Stars Festival 2016

Location: Independence National Historical Park and surrounding locations throughout Historic Philadelphia

About the 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! The Stripes and Stars Festival takes place annually on June 14 at locations throughout Independence National Historical Park and Historic Philadelphia, including Independence Hall, Betsy Ross House, and the National Constitution Center. Events include flag raising ceremonies, a patriotic parade, giant flag folding demonstrations, and a moving naturalization ceremony.

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Festival Highlights

13 Star Flag Raising

  • Betsy Ross House, 10 a.m. Betsy Ross herself raises a 13-star flag in the Betsy Ross House courtyard to kick off the day’s events.

50 Star Flag Raising and Grand Parade

  • National Constitution Center Front Lawn, 10:30 a.m. Following a 50-star flag raising, troops—past and present—will join a patriotic parade to Independence Hall.

Stripes and Stars Festival Opening Ceremony

  • Independence Hall, 11 a.m. Independence National Historical Park Superintendent Cynthia MacLeod 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.

Spirit of Liberty Sky Diving Team

  • Independence Mall, 11:30 a.m. See a spectacular display as members of the Spirit of Liberty Sky Diving Team land on Independence Mall.

Naturalization Ceremony

  • Betsy Ross House, 1 p.m. Welcome 13 new Americans in a moving naturalization ceremony, hosted by the Philadelphia Flag Day Association.

Giant Flag Folding

  • National Constitution Center, 2 p.m. The day concludes as festival visitors help fold a giant American flag!

Ongoing Events

Festival Partners

Presenting partners of the Stripes and Stars festival include the Philadelphia Flag Day Association, the Association of the United States Army: William Penn Chapter, Independence National Historical Park, the National Constitution Center, Historic Philadelphia, Inc., and the Betsy Ross House.

Additional partners include the City of Philadelphia, the United States Army, the Pennsylvania National Guard, Christ Church, Spirit of Liberty Foundation, Redball Military Transport Club, Daughters of the American Revolution (Flag House Chapter), Sons of the American Revolution (Philadelphia Continental Chapter).

In the Classroom

Lesson Plans and Activities

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