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.
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!
13- Star Flag Raising
Betsy Ross House, 9 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 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, 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. After the ceremony, watch as the U.S. Army’s Black Daggers parachute onto Independence Mall!
Philadelphia Flag Day Association Exhibition Ribbon Cutting and Awards Ceremony
National Constitution Center, 12:15 p.m.
Celebrate the opening of a unique display of historic American Flags.
Betsy Ross House, 1:30 p.m.
Welcome 13 new Americans in a moving naturalization ceremony.
“Raise it Up! Anthem for America” Performance and Flag Lowering Ceremony
National Constitution Center, 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
Giant Flag Folding and Family Concert
Independence Hall, 5:00 p.m.
Participate in a giant flag folding followed by a performance by the U.S. Army Brass Quintet.
Betsy Ross House 7th Annual Stars and Stripes Saturday
Betsy Ross House, 9 a.m.- 5 p.m.
Admission is $5
Family-friendly activities in the courtyard include performances by the Give & Take Jugglers, Bag Lady Theater, the Mummers’ String Band Connection, and the Funicular Aerial Circus.
In the week leading up to the festival, the Betsy Ross House will celebrate National Flag Week with Flag Festival 2014. Highlights of the week include a scavenger hunt for kids, a flag retirement ceremony, meet-and-greets with Ben Franklin and George Washington, and a flag history program with Betsy Ross. Events begin on Sunday, June 8 and run through June 14.
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 will be on display.
Macy’s Family Day at the National Constitution Center
9:30 a.m.- 6 p.m.
Admission: $5 courtesy of The Macy’s Foundation
Enjoy craft activities, educational programs, musical performances, and tons of patriotic fun in honor of the red, white, and blue! At a new exhibition, visitors can view historic American flags on loan from the Philadelphia Flag Day Association. Click here for more information
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.
The images used on national and state flags are not just pictures—they have significant meanings. What symbols would you incorporate if you were to design a flag for your class, school, or community?