All American Celebration July 3
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 1776 Experience—Revolutionary War Encampment
10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
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
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
10:15 a.m., 11:45 a.m., 1:15 p.m., 2:45 p.m., 4:15 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
10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2:00 p.m.
Learn the story of Francis Scott Key, the Battle of Fort McHenry, and the flag that inspired our national anthem.
Flag Etiquette Workshop
11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m.
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
12:00 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.
Families can participate as members of the museum’s staff fold our 20X30 foot American flag!
9:15 a.m., 4:45 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.
Family Fun Activities
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.
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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