Philadelphia’s Stripes and Stars Festival
Saturday, June 14, 2015, 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.
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?