Memorial Day Weekend

May 27 to 29, 2017

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.

Flag Ceremonies
Saturday, 9:30 a.m. and 4:45 p.m.
Sunday, 12 p.m. and 4:45 p.m.
Monday, 9:30 a.m., 12 p.m., and 4:45 p.m.
The American flag will be raised every morning and lowered every evening on the museum’s front lawn. Visitors will have the opportunity to participate as they learn more about this patriotic ceremony. On Memorial Day Monday, May 30, 2016, visitors can also join us for a special ceremony at 12 p.m. as we raise the flag from half to full staff, in accordance with U.S. tradition.   

American Flag Etiquette Workshop and Giant Flag Folding
Daily, 12:30 p.m.
Learn fun facts about the American flag’s history, as well as proper flag etiquette.  Then help out members of the museum’s staff as we fold our 20X30 foot American flag.  Remember—you can’t let it touch the ground!  

Memorials: How a Nation Remembers Show
Saturday and Monday, 11:30 a.m. and 1:30
Sunday, 1:30 p.m.
This special program illuminates the history of our nation’s famous memorials and how they contribute to popular memory.

The Star-Spangled Banner: A History of Our National Anthem Show
Daily, 2 p.m.
Learn the story of Francis Scott Key, the Battle of Fort McHenry, and the flag that inspired our national anthem.

Make-and-Take Projects
Daily, Available Throughout the Day
At patriotic craft stations, children and their families can make Uncle Sam and Lady Liberty hats; star wands and wreaths; and crepe paper flags.

Eighteenth Century Games
Daily, Available Throughout the Day
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.

Thank-A-Vet Postcards
Daily, Available Throughout the Day
Visitors can 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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