Memorial Day

Memorial Day

May 24 – 26, 2014

Originally known as Decoration Day, an occasion to honor soldiers who gave their lives during the American Civil War, the Memorial Day civic holiday now honors all members of the military who have given their lives in defense of the Constitution and its legacy of freedom.
 

At the Museum

Memorial Day Weekend

Saturday, May 24 – Monday, May 26, 2014

Admission: Free with museum admission.

Program times vary; check the museum Visitor Guide upon arrival for the schedule.

Daily Programs

Flag Ceremonies
At opening and closing of the museum
Front Lawn
The American flag will be raised every morning and lowered every evening on the museum’s front lawn. Visitors will have the opportunity to participate as they learn the proper protocol for this poignant ceremony. 
 
Patriotic Karaoke Station
10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Saturday and Monday
Main Lobby
Visitors will have an opportunity to sing their favorite songs about America.
 
Craft Activity Stations
10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Saturday and Monday
Main Lobby
Visitors can create patriotic crafts including poppy pins, star wreaths, and crepe paper American flags.
 
Thank-A-Vet Letter Station
10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Saturday and Monday
Main Lobby
Through a special partnership with the Thank-A-Vet organization, send a message to a veteran thanking him or her for supporting and defending the Constitution.
 
Memorials: How a Nation Remembers Show
10 a.m., 12 p.m., and 2 p.m.
Main Exhibition
This special program illuminates the history of our nation’s famous memorials and how they contribute to popular memory.
 
Liberty Tree Show
10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., and 2:30 p.m.
Main Exhibition
Memorial Day Weekend marks the “birthday” of the National Constitution Center’s very own living memorial, the Liberty Tree. Visitors can learn about the history of Liberty Trees in America and the story of how Pennsylvania’s Liberty Tree came to live on the museum’s lawn.
 
Flag Etiquette Workshop
11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday and Monday
Main Lobby
Explore the history and meaning behind America’s national symbol and learn about the ways to treat the flag with reverence and respect.
 
Giant Flag Folding Activity
1:30 p.m.
Front Lawn
After learning the ins and outs of flag etiquette, visitors can use their new knowledge to help fold the National Constitution Center’s giant American flag!

In the Classroom

Honor those who gave their lives in service to the U.S. Constitution with a variety of Memorial Day resources for the classroom.

Lesson Plans

Activities