The All-American Celebration

The All-American Celebration

July 2 – 5, 2015

Do-Now Discussion

Eleven years before the Constitution was drafted, Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence, in which he described certain essential human rights. What would you include in a list of rights that you think are important and why?

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At The Museum

Join the National Constitution Center for an array of patriotic festivities surrounding Independence Day, including the interactive Independence Day show, exploring the history of the Declaration of Independence and how the definition of “We the People” has expanded since Thomas Jefferson penned the famous words “…all men are created equal…” in 1776. Visitors can create Colonial-era arts and crafts and stop by the museum’s Revolutionary War encampment on the museum’s front lawn. Colonial musical performances will take place throughout the week as well as appearances by some other famous historical figures (in the form of reenactors).  

•    The museum will offer extended hours (9:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.) on July 2 and July 3, 2015
•    The museum will offer free admission on July 2, 2015, courtesy of Wawa
•    The museum will offer free admission on July 4, 2015, courtesy of the John Templeton Foundation
•    For tickets please call 215-409-6700


Wawa Hoagie Day: Hoagies for Heroes
July 2, 2015

Celebrating the men and women who show us the significance of independence and freedom, Wawa's Hoagie Day event is back and bigger than ever. Celebrity Chef Robert Irvine of the Food Network and Restaurant Impossible and Mayor Michael Nutter will join award-winning Wawa Chefs and hoagie-lovers across Philadelphia to celebrate Wawa's most patriotic sandwich, held at Independence Visitor's lawn across from the Liberty Bell!  Hundreds of Wawa associates will come together to build more than 20,000 hoagies weighing five tons.  A portion of the hoagies will be given to Philabundance and to Veteran's centers before the Hoagie Day event.  The remainder will be served to the crowd FREE later that day.

Wawa invites you to enjoy a free day at the National Constitution Center including Freedom Rising, The Story of We the People and Signers' Hall and new feature exhibits.  A special display will feature Wawa's commitment to military, fire and police.

Wawa Hoagie Day Event
July 2: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Independence Mall

Wawa Hoagie Day will again focus on honoring our troops and expand on Wawa's partnership with the USO.  The event will include a salute to our local and national Heroes - our military, firemen and police officers.  This includes a hoagie march by military heroes and re-enactors and a performance of the national anthem by USAF veteran Jenny Pappas.  

Wawa President and CEO, Chris Gheysens, will announce the launch of the Wawa Foundation's annual USO campaign, kicking off in ALL Wawa stores chainwide.  Mayor Nutter will proclaimed it Hoagie Day and encourage everyone to help our local and national Heroes by participating in the campaign.

During the event, guests will also have the chance to visit the Letters from Home station and write their thoughts and thanks to share with our troops.  At the conclusion of the event, guests will be treated to a free performance by hometown heroes from NBC's The Voice: Matthew Schuler and Audra McLaughlin.  

Hoagies for Heroes Displays and Activities
July 2: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Grand Hall Overlook

Join Wawa in supporting our troops with activities, including letter writing and assembling a care package to send to the troops, and arts and crafts.

History of the Hoagie Exhibit
July 2: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Grand Hall Overlook

Explore the story of one of Philadelphia most beloved companies.

What America Eats: The History of the Hoagie Show
July 2: 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
Grand Hall Overlook

This fun and engaging program will explore the history of the American hoagie and the many names “We the People” use for this sandwich. (Do you call it a sub? A hero? A grinder?).

Go 4th & Learn About History
10:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m.
Annenberg Lobby

A free, interactive series, Go 4th & Learn offers educational fun for the whole family during the Wawa Welcome America! Festival. Bonus: The first 800 children at Go 4th & Learn will receive a free book from Duffy Books in Homes USA.

Sworn-Again America Ceremony
July 2: 1:00 p.m.
Grand Hall Overlook

In this patriotic ceremony, visitors will have the opportunity to take the same oath that naturalized citizens take!  Presented in partnership with Eric Liu and Sworn-Again America. When naturalizing immigrants become American citizens, they learn the history and the civic scripture of our nation. They take a test. They come together to take an oath. Sworn-Again America got to thinking: What would it look like for all of us to take an oath? For citizens of long standing and Americans new and old to renew our civic vows? To become Sworn-Again?

                
Finding the Founders Scholarly Talks and Walking Tours
July 2, 2015

Visit the National Constitution Center and neighboring sites throughout Historic Philadelphia to join fascinating conversations with scholars, who will share their insights on equality and freedom through the lens of the American Revolution. The program will provide an expanded understanding of Independence Day—one that sees the holiday as both a celebration and an acknowledgment of America’s ongoing struggle to achieve the ideals expressed in the nation’s founding documents.

13th Amendment and Reconstruction
July 2: 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.
Congress Hall, Independence National Historical park (Enter Park at 5th and Chestnut Streets)

Explore the post-Civil War era  from a different perspective in this fascinating gallery talk about racial equality. Dr. Matthew Pinsker of Dickinson College will use the 150th anniversary of the Passage of the Thirteenth Amendment to illustrate its importance in the history of race in America.

Women in Revolutionary America
July 2: 11:00 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.
Betsy Ross House (239 Arch Street)

Join historian Sandra Lloyd to discover the important roles women played during revolutionary moments in our country’s history. This exciting, family-friendly program will give you the chance to hear stories about remarkable yet little-known women from the past. Some served as spies, a few outwitted the British army, and many stood up for freedom for all people.

Equality in America Walking Tour
July 2: 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m.
Meet at National Constitution Center (5th and Arch Streets)

Discover the historic district on a walking tour with Dr. George Boudreau of La Salle University! Learn about the history of Philadelphia and the people, famous and common, who lived and visited here and explore the topic of racial, gender, and class equality. Discover the role this city and Pennsylvania culture played in the transformation of equality in America by visiting different sites in the historic district!

Civil Rights: The 1960s and Today
July 2: 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m.
African American Museum (7th and Arch Streets)

Learn about how the history of the Civil Rights Movement is part of a still-incomplete history on the African American freedom struggle in the industrialized urban north. With emphasis on the strategic use of Independence Hall and electoral activism, Dr. Clemmie Harris of Wesleyan University will establish why Philadelphia is significant to the national story and what lessons it may offer for the present day.

Radicalism and Dissent in 1776
July 2: 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.
Independence Visitors Center (6th and Market Streets)

Dr. Jessica Roney of Temple University will discuss the contentious decision in 1776 in Pennsylvania to embrace independence.  Why did Pennsylvania, which lagged behind sister colonies like Virginia and Massachusetts all through the 1760s and early 1770s, suddenly pole-vault them all to become the most radical new state of all?  Her talk will look at the tensions between a radical new idea of patriotism and a principled dissent from that new vision.

Reminder Day and the LGBT Rights Movement
July 2: 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
National Constitution Center (5th and Arch Streets)

Join us as the William Way Community Center’s archivist and curator Bob Skiba chronicles the gay rights movement and the ongoing debate over how much the Constitution protects gay rights. Hear and see this new exhibition on the 50th anniversary of the July 4, 1965 Annual Reminder demonstration, which took place in front of Independence Hall in Philadelphia and was the first in a series of gay rights marches to specifically demand equal rights.

                
Ongoing All American Celebration Programming

The 1776 Experience—Revolutionary War Encampment
July 2 to July 4: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Front Lawn

Join Revolutionary War re-enactors as you step into a re-created military encampment right on the National Constitution Center’s front lawn. Your training starts right away as you practice mustering with the troops, stop by the medical tent to visit the wounded, visit the blacksmith shop for a new sword, or try your hand at carpentry or leatherwork. You’ll see if a soldiers’ life is for you!
Daily Demonstrations Include:
o    Military Muster Demonstrations
o    Kids Drills
o    Revolutionary War Medicine
o    Blacksmith and Craftsman Shop & Home Front Demonstrations

Com[promising] Future Theatrical Performance
July 2: 10:30 a.m., 12:45 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m.
July 3 to July 4: 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m.

Com[promising] Future is a four actor performance imagining how Mrs. Elizabeth Willing Powel and the citizens of Philadelphia reacted to Benjamin Franklin’s advice that “you” the citizen is ultimately responsible for upholding the principles of the new government. Written by a local Philadelphia high school senior, Com[promising] Future is part of the Founding Freedoms Essay and Playwriting Contest, generously sponsored by the John Templeton Foundation.

Independence Day Show
July 2 to July 4: 10:15 a.m., 11:45 a.m., 1:15 p.m., 2:45 p.m., 4:15 p.m.
July 5: 12:15 p.m. and 2:15 p.m.
Grand Hall Lobby

From parades to protests, cannons to flag waving, explosive words to fiery demonstrations, this show takes an in-depth look at this exciting celebration of freedom from the early days of American independence to the present day.

The Star-Spangled Banner: A History of Our National Anthem Show
July 2 to July 4: 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2:00 p.m.
July 5: 3:30 p.m.

Main Exhibition
Learn the story of Francis Scott Key, the Battle of Fort McHenry, and the flag that inspired our national anthem.

Flag Etiquette Workshop
July 2 to July 4: 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m.
July 5: 1:00 p.m.

Front Lawn
In this workshop, visitors will discover the history and symbolism of the American flag and learn all about the proper way to treat it.

Giant Flag Folding
July 2 to July 4: 12:00 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.
July 5: 1:30 p.m.
Front Lawn

Families can participate as members of the museum’s staff fold our 20X30 foot American flag!

National Constitution Center Flag Ceremonies
July 2 to July 4/5 9:15 a.m., 4:45 p.m.
Front Lawn

Join the National Constitution Center staff each morning for a spirited Flag Raising Ceremony, and then again in the evenings as we reverently lower it.

Family Fun Activities
July 2 to July 4: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
July 5: 12:00 to 5:00 p.m.

o    Make-and-Take Projects
At patriotic craft stations, children and their families can make Uncle Sam, Lady Liberty, and George Washington hats; star wands and wreaths; and crepe paper flags.
o    Colonial Demonstrations
Experience what life was like before modern technology with hands-on, Colonial-era demonstrations at a special paper and candle-making stations.  
o    Eighteenth Century Games
Try your hand at Hoop-and-Stick, Graces, Nine Pin, and other popular games played by children during the Revolutionary period on the museum’s front lawn.
o    Thank-A-Vet Postcards
Take a moment to write letters of gratitude to the men and women who have served in the country’s Armed Forces.

Join our virtual All American Celebration scavenger hunt! Show your smarts and complete against other festival goers in real time.  Getting started is easy:

1.            Download the Scavify App on your iPhone or Android
2.            Search for the All American Celebration Hunt
3.            Join the Hunt and Start Completing Tasks

In The Classroom

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From Constitution Daily