Memorial Day Weekend

Saturday, May 25 – Monday, May 27, 2013
9:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. (Saturday) and 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. (Sunday and Monday)

Admission: FREE with museum admission

Originally known as Decoration Day, an occasion to honor soldiers who gave their lives during the American Civil War, the Memorial Day civic holiday now honors all members of the military who have given their lives in defense of the Constitution and its legacy of freedom. During Memorial Day weekend, the National Constitution Center will pay tribute to those brave men and women by exploring how Americans today honor our military heroes.

The National Constitution Center will have extended hours on Sunday, May 26, 2013. The Center will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. that day.

Memorial Day Daily Programs

Memorials: How a Nation Remembers Show
10 a.m., 12 p.m., 2 p.m.
Main Exhibition
This special program illuminates the history of our nation’s famous memorials and how they contribute to popular memory.

Liberty Tree Show
10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m.
Main Exhibition
Memorial Day Weekend marks the “birthday” of the National Constitution Center’s very own living memorial, the Liberty Tree. Visitors can learn about the history of Liberty Trees in America and the story of how Pennsylvania’s Liberty Tree came to live on the Center’s lawn.

Flag Etiquette Workshop
11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Main Lobby
Explore the history and meaning behind America’s national symbol and learn about the ways to handle the flag with reverence and respect.

Flag Ceremonies
9:15 a.m. and 4:45 p.m.
Front Lawn
The American flag will be raised every morning and lowered every evening on the Center’s front lawn. Visitors will have the opportunity to participate as they learn the proper protocol for this poignant ceremony.

Giant Flag Folding Activity
1:30 p.m.
Front Lawn
After learning the ins and outs of flag etiquette, you can put your new knowledge to the test as you help fold the National Constitution Center’s giant American flag!

Patriotic Karaoke Station
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Grand Hall Lobby
Visitors will have an opportunity to sing their favorite songs about America.

Make and Take Craft Activities
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Grand Hall Lobby
Visitors can create patriotic crafts including poppy pins—the symbol of Memorial Day—as well as star wreaths and crepe paper American flags.

Educational Resources

The Center offers engaging educational resources for Memorial Day and civic holidays throughout the year.


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