The All-American Celebration

The All-American Celebration

July 2 – 5, 2015

At The Museum

Extended hours on Thursday, July 2  and Friday, July 3, 2015  9:30 a.m. – 8 p.m.

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•    The museum will offer free admission on July 2, 2015, courtesy of Wawa
•    The museum will offer free admission on July 4, 2015—The National Constitution Center’s Independence Day was made possible through the support of a grant from the John Templeton Foundation

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. Programs will include special scholarly talks at the Constitution Center and other locations throughout Historic Philadelphia. Visitors also can create Colonial-era arts and crafts and visit a 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).  

In the case of inclement weather colonial programming will take place inside the museum.

Special Programs for July 2, 2015

Finding the Founders Scholarly Talks and Walking Tours
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.
Wawa Hoagie Day
Wawa Hoagie Day is Life, Liberty, & the Pursuit of Deliciousness at its finest as 5 tons of hoagies will be assembled at the National Constitution Center and served free to thousands of people outside the Independence Visitor Center on Independence Mall starting at noon.  Join in this patriotic event as Wawa salutes our military, fire, and police.  The National Constitution Center will offer free admission to all visitors on July 2, courtesy of Wawa, as well as special programs and an exhibition on the history of the hoagie.

History of the Hoagie Exhibit
Grand Hall Overlook
Explore the story of one of Philadelphia most beloved companies.

What America Eats: The History of the Hoagie Show
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?).
Ongoing Programs July 2 to July 5, 2015

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

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 45 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 5
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.


In The Classroom

Lesson Plans


From Constitution Daily