Stripes and Stars Festival
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Philadelphia’s Stripes and Stars Festival 2016
Date and Time: Tuesday, June 14, 2016, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
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 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)
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, including Sergeant Major of the Army Daniel A. Dailey, and a special enlistment ceremony. There will also be a special welcome from Fox News’s Juan Williams.
Spirit of Liberty Sky Diving Team
Independence Mall, 12 p.m.
See a spectacular display as members of the Spirit of Liberty Sky Diving Team land on Independence Mall.
Betsy Ross House, 1 p.m.
Welcome 13 new Americans in a moving naturalization ceremony, hosted by the Philadelphia Flag Day Association.
U.S. Army Fife and Drum Performances
National Constitution Center, 1:45 p.m.
Independence Hall, 2:45 p.m.
In connection with the Army’s 241st birthday, the festival will also feature appearances by the Army’s elite ceremonial units, including the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) Fife and Drum Corps, the Commander-in-Chief’s Guard, and the Continental Color Guard.
Giant Flag Folding
National Constitution Center, 2 p.m.
Independence Hall, 3 p.m.
The day concludes as festival visitors help fold a giant American flag!
All Day Events
Stripes and Stars Community Fair
Independence National Historical Park
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Visit booths staffed by community partners include museums and several veterans organizations. Military vehicles and other equipment will be on display!
Macy’s Family Day
National Constitution Center
9:20 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Admission: $5 courtesy of The Macy’s Foundation
Enjoy arts and craft activities, lawn games, educational programs on the history of the flag, and tons of patriotic fun in honor of the red, white, and blue!
Flag Week Festival
Betsy Ross House
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Everyone will love meeting Betsy Ross, playing old-time carnival games and touring the birthplace of the American Flag.
Christ Church Burial Ground
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Admission: $2 for adults, $2 for Children
Visitors can explore this historical burial ground! A meet-and-greet with Benjamin Franklin will take place from noon to 3 p.m., and special history hunts will take place throughout the day. Guided tours of the burial ground will be available for an additional fee.
In the Classroom
Lesson Plans and Activities
- The History of the U.S. Flag Video
- The History of Flag Day Lesson Plan
- American Flag Pinwheels Craft Activity
- Design Your Own Flag Craft Activity
- Patriotic Wreaths Craft Activity