The All-American Celebration

The All-American Celebration

June 30 – July 5, 2016

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?

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.) from June 30 to July 2, 2016
•    The museum will offer free admission on June 30, courtesy of Wawa
•    The museum will offer free admission on July 4, 2016, courtesy of the John Templeton Foundation
•    For tickets please call 215-409-6700

Wawa Hoagie Day
June 30

Wawa's Hoagie Day event is back and bigger than ever.  Wawa chefs, hundreds of Wawa associates, and hoagie-lovers from across Philadelphia 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 later that day to the crowd in Independence Mall!

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 the newest feature exhibition, Headed to the White House.

Finding the Founders Scholarly Talks and Walking Tours
July 2

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.
Ongoing All-American Celebration Programming
June 30 to July 4

The 1776 Experience—Revolutionary War Encampment
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:
•    Military Muster Demonstrations
•    Kids Drills
•    Revolutionary War Medicine
•    Blacksmith and Craftsman Shop & Home Front Demonstrations

Independence Day Show
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
Learn the story of Francis Scott Key, the Battle of Fort McHenry, and the flag that inspired our national anthem.

Flag Ceremonies and Etiquette Workshop
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.  In special workshops, visitors will discover the history and symbolism of the American flag and learn all about the proper way to treat it.

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

Family Fun Activities
•    Make-and-Take Projects
•    Colonial Demonstrations
•    Eighteenth Century Games
•    Thank-A-Vet Postcards

In The Classroom

Lesson Plans


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