From star-spangled banners to five-star generals, the National Constitution Center and our partners in the historic district celebrate the shared birthday of two of our country’s greatest institutions—the American flag and the U.S. Army.
Special events on Independence Mall include flag raising ceremonies, a swearing-in of Army recruits, displays and demonstrations of U.S. Army equipment, and a moving naturalization ceremony. These events will be outdoors and free to the public; no reservations are required.
- Philadelphia Flag Day Association Naturalization Ceremony
9 a.m., Betsy Ross House
- Opening Ceremony
10:30 a.m., Independence Hall
Includes a flag raising ceremony, a reading of the Flag Act of 1787, a keynote address by Former U.S. Under Secretary of the Army Patrick Joseph Murphy, the administration of the oath of enlistment for new soldiers, and performances by the U.S. Army Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps.
- The U.S. Army Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps Concert
12:30 p.m., Franklin Square
- U.S. Army Drill Team Demonstration
10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., Franklin Square
- Military Vehicle Displays
Throughout the Day, Chestnut Street
*All live, in-person events will be held outdoors in locations with plenty of room for distancing, and will be no longer than 30 minutes.
Resources on the Constitution and the American Flag
Explore the freedom of speech, the history of protests in the United States, and the role that the American Flag has played in these conversations.
- First Amendment Overview Part I and Part II
- Freedom of Speech Video Lesson Part I and Part II
- Podcast: Football, Faith, and the First Amendment
- Podcast: Dissent: An American Tradition
- From our blog: When the Supreme Court ruled to allow American flag burning
- From our blog: The history of legal challenges to the Pledge of Allegiance
- From our blog: The First Amendment and restricting professional athlete protests
More Resources for Flag Day
- The History of the U.S. Flag Video
- The History of Flag Day Lesson Plan
- From our Blog: How much do you know about the American flag?
- American Flag Pinwheels Craft Activity
- Patriotic Wreaths Craft Activity
More Resources for Army Birthday
- Town Hall Video: General Stanley McChrystal: History’s Greatest Leaders
- Podcast: George Washington’s Constitutional Legacy
- From our blog: On this day: Congress officially creates the U.S. Army
- From our blog: 10 facts about Presidents who were also Veterans