All-American Celebration on the Mall

Tuesday, July 2, 2013
Extended Hours: Open 9:30 a.m. – 8 p.m. RAIN OR SHINE!

Admission: FREE museum admission courtesy of Wawa

Join the National Constitution Center as we celebrate our milestone 10th anniversary as the museum of “We the People” and kick off an All-American Celebration on the Mall. The big day will be jam-packed with festive activities and fascinating programs for all ages and interests. Plus, museum admission is FREE courtesy of Wawa as the city celebrates Wawa Hoagie Day, part of Wawa Welcome America!


There are so many things to do in Philadelphia during the week of the Fourth of July—here’s how to make the most of your day! Check out our suggested itineraries for families, military history buffs, and civil rights history buffs, and for tackling a Historic Philadelphia bucket list or taking the Finding the Founders marathon challenge.

Program Details

Wawa Hoagie Day Exhibits & Programs »
Wawa Hoagie Day is Life, Liberty, & the Pursuit of Deliciousness at its finest as 4.5 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. 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, live musical performances, and an exhibition on the history of the hoagie.

Weeklong Independence Day Programs »
Enjoy an array of fun, family-friendly activities, including Colonial-era demonstrations, interactive educational programs, and patriotic craft stations.

Finding the Founders »
Visit the Center and sites throughout Historic Philadelphia for fascinating conversations with scholars, who will share their insights on equality and freedom through the lens of the American Revolution.

Social Media Scavenger Hunt

The Center is hosting a fun, large-scale, social media scavenger hunt in connection with the Finding the Founders program that hits all of the most important landmarks within Independence National Historical Park essential to the story of our nation’s founding. Participants will follow clues in order to find special life-size cardboard cutouts of some of America’s most notorious founding fathers (and mothers) hidden in “secret” locations throughout Historic Philadelphia. They will then be instructed to follow the National Constitution Center on Twitter or Instagram (@ConstitutionCtr), snap a picture of themselves with the cutout, and tag the photo using #PhillyFounders. Participants who share at least one photo are automatically entered into a raffle to win a great prize, including hotel stays and tickets to some of Philadelphia’s most popular tourist attractions!

Supreme Court Review 2013 »
Reserve your seat for a discussion on the significant rulings of the Supreme Court’s landmark 2012 – 2013 session. (Note: This event is not included in museum admission. Advance reservations required.)

The 1968 Exhibit »
The Vietnam War. Civil rights and women’s lib. MLK and RFK. Janis and Jimi. Laugh-In and love-ins. Bringing one of America’s most colorful, chaotic, culture-shifting years vividly to life, this feature exhibition illuminates the power of “We the People” to exercise and expand our freedoms.

Historic Philadelphia Treasures >>
Don’t miss these great historic sites and events during Independence Week in Philadelphia! 


Museum admission on July 2 is free courtesy of Wawa.

Finding the Founders has been supported in part by the Pennsylvania Humanities Council, the Federal-State Partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities.


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