An All-American Celebration on Independence Mall

Wednesday , July 2 - Sunday, July 6, 2014
Extended hours on July 2-3, 9:30 – 8 p.m.

FREE with museum admission; admission is FREE on July 2, courtesy of Wawa, as part of Wawa Hoagie Day.

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. Programs will include special scholarly talks on the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964—a pivotal moment in expanding those rights mentioned in Jefferson’s Declaration. Visitors also 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).

In the case of inclement weather colonial programming will take place inside the museum.

Independence Week Offerings include:

Flag Raising and Lowering Ceremonies
9:15 a.m. and 4:45 p.m.
Join our staff each morning for a spirited Flag Raising Ceremony, and then again in the evenings as we reverently lower it.

Independence Day Show
10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m.
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.

Flag Etiquette Workshop
10:45 a.m., 11:45 a.m., 1:45 p.m., 2:45 p.m.
Visitors will discover the history and symbolism of the American flag and learn all about the proper way to treat it.

The Star-Spangled Banner: A History of Our National Anthem Show
11:15 a.m., 12:15 p.m., 1:15 p.m., 2:15 p.m.
Learn the story of Francis Scott Key, the Battle of Fort McHenry, and the flag that inspired our national anthem, which is celebrating its 200th anniversary this year!

In the Army Now Military Etiquette Workshop
11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m.
Learn the ins and outs of army life, including a brief history of lesson (did you know George Washington was America’s only 6-Star General?), the military’s rank structure, the proper way to salute or march, and popular military phrases.

Giant Flag Folding
12 p.m.
Help us fold our giant 20X30 foot American flag on the front lawn!

Family Fun Activities
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

o    Patriotic Craft Stations
At our 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    Independence Story Corner
Families can spend some quiet time away from our other more lively activities at our story corner and listen to beloved tales of our nation’s founding. 

o    Patriotic Karaoke
Visitors can sing their favorite American tunes.

o    Thank-A-Vet Letter Writing Station
Take a moment to write letters of gratitude to the men and women who have served in the military.

o    Colonial Demonstrations
Experience what life was like before modern technology with hands-on, Colonial-era demonstrations, including paper and candle making.

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.

The 1776 Experience—Revolutionary War Encampment
(July 2 to July 4)
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Front Lawn

Revolutionary War re-enactors will set up encampment right on the National Constitution Center’s front lawn! Children and their families can practice mustering with the troops, stop by the medical tent to visit the wounded, visit the blacksmith shop for a new sword, or try their hand at carpentry or leatherwork.

Demonstrations include:
o    Military Muster Demonstrations
o    Revolutionary War Medicine
o    Blacksmith and Craftsman Shop & Home Front Demonstrations

Other special events include:

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Wawa Hoagie Day
9:30 a.m. – 8 p.m. Free Wawa hoagies will be distributed on the lawn in front of Independence Visitor Center at 12 p.m.
Admission to the National Constitution Center is FREE on July 2, courtesy of Wawa

Life, Liberty, & the Pursuit of Deliciousness. 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. Click here for more information.

Thursday, July 3

“Songs of Liberty, Loyalty, Libations and Love”
10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

A spirited concert of period music and folk songs as performed by Jan and John Haigis, specialists in early American music!

Meet & Greet with Thomas Jefferson
12 – 2 p.m.

Friday, July 4

“Songs of Liberty, Loyalty, Libations and Love”
10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

A spirited concert of period music and folk songs as performed by Jan and John Haigis, specialists in early American music!

Meet & Greet with Benjamin and Deborah Franklin
12 – 2 p.m.

Saturday, July 5

Meet & Greet with Martha Washington
10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.


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