Flag Day: Stripes and Stars Festival
The images used on national and state flags are not just pictures—they have significant meanings. What symbols would you incorporate if you were to design a flag for your class, school, or community?
Celebrate on Independence Mall
About the Stripes and Stars Festival
From star-spangled banners to five-star generals, Philadelphia celebrates the shared birthday of two of our country’s greatest institutions—the American flag and the U.S. Army. This year’s Stripes and Stars Festival commemorates the U.S. Army’s anniversary and the American flag’s birthday. The festival takes place annually on June 14, at locations throughout Independence National Historical Park and Historic Philadelphia, including Independence Hall, Betsy Ross House, Christ Church Burial Ground, and the National Constitution Center. Events include flag raising ceremonies, a patriotic parade, a swearing-in of Army recruits, a dramatic skydiving performance, displays and demonstrations of U.S. Army equipment, giant flag folding activities, performances by the United States Army Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps, and a moving naturalization ceremony. Visitors can also participate in special Soldier Talks, in partnership with the “Meet Your Army” Campaign, at the National Constitution Center.
Most Stripes and Stars Festival events are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted below.
13-Star Flag Raising
10 a.m., Betsy Ross House, 239 Arch Street
50-Star Flag Raising and Grand Parade
10:30 a.m., National Constitution Center Front Lawn, 525 Arch Street
Stripes and Stars Festival Opening Ceremony
11 a.m., Independence Hall, 520 Chestnut Street
Team Fastrax Professional Skydiving Team
12 p.m., Independence Mall
1 p.m., Betsy Ross House
Giant Flag Folding Challenge
2 p.m., National Constitution Center Front Lawn
3 p.m., Independence Hall