Stripes and Star Festival: Flag Day and Army Birthday
The museum will have extended hours on Sunday, June 14, 2015 (9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
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! This year’s festival includes special programs at Independence National Historical Park, the Betsy Ross House, and the National Constitution Center. Events include special mayoral proclamations, flag raisings, a moving naturalization ceremony, appearances by military dignitaries, arts and crafts, musical performances, education demonstrations, and much more!
The Flag Day activities are part of a series of Macy’s Family Days at the Constitution Center. Admission on June 14, 2015 will be $5, courtesy of Macy’s—visitors will receive access to the museum and all activities in connection with the important civic holiday.
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?