All-American Celebration July 2, 2016
Celebrate America’s birthday at American’s birthplace: Independence mall!
All-American Celebration Programming: Finding the Founders Day
Saturday, July 2, 2016, 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Free Admission Courtesy of Wawa
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.
• Equality in America Walking Tour
July 2: 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
Meet at National Constitution Center Front Lawn (525 Arch Street)
Historic District on a walking tour with Dr. George Boudreau of La Salle University
• Women in Revolutionary America
July 2: 12:00 and 2:00 p.m.
Betsy Ross House (239 Arch Street)
Discussion with Historic Philadelphia Inc. resident historian Sandra Lloyd
• The Declaration in the 20th Century
July 2: 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.
Congress Hall, Independence National Historical Park (Enter Independence Square at 5th and Chestnut Streets)
Discussion with Dr. Abigail Perkiss of Kean University
• A Revolution in Print: African American Newspapers During Reconstruction
July 2: 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
Independence Visitors Center, (6th and Market Streets)
Discussion with National Constitution Center ACLS Public Fellow Dr. Jen Moses
• The Fourteenth Amendment: The Declaration in the Reconstruction Era
July 2: 11:30 a.m.
Discussion with National Constitution Center Fellow Thomas Donnelly
• Headed to the White House Exhibit Tour
July 2: 12:30 and 2:30 p.m.
Meet at National Constitution Center Lobby (525 Arch Street)
Tour of the Headed to the White House Exhibition with Dr. Bruce Murphy, Lafayette College.
The 1776 Experience—Revolutionary War Encampment
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!
A Republic, Madam
10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m.
Bank of America Family Theater
A Republic, Madam is a four actor performance imagining how Mrs. Elizabeth 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 trio of local Philadelphia high school seniors, A Republic, Madam is part of the Founding Freedoms Essay and Playwriting Contest generously sponsored by the John Templeton Foundation.
Independence Day Show
12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m.
Grand Hall Overlook Stage
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
1:00 and 3:00 p.m.
Grand Hall Overlook Stage Learn the story of Francis Scott Key, the Battle of Fort McHenry, and the flag that inspired our national anthem.
Flag Etiquette Workshop
12:00 and 2:00 p.m.
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!