Stripes and Stars Festival
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Philadelphia’s Stripes and Stars Festival
Date and Time: June 14, 2017 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Location: Independence National Historical Park and surrounding locations throughout Historic Philadelphia
About the 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! The Stripes and Stars Festival takes place annually on June 14 at locations throughout Independence National Historical Park and Historic Philadelphia, including Independence Hall, Betsy Ross House, and the National Constitution Center. Events include flag raising ceremonies, a patriotic parade, giant flag folding demonstrations, and a moving naturalization ceremony.
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Featured Stripes and Stars partner organizations include: the National Constitution Center, Independence National Historical Park, the Betsy Ross House, Philadelphia Flag Day Association, the United States Army, the Association of the United States Army: William Penn Chapter, and Historic Philadelphia, Inc.
Additional partners include the City of Philadelphia, the Pennsylvania National Guard, Christ Church, Spirit of Liberty Foundation, Daughters of the American Revolution (Flag House Chapter), and Sons of the American Revolution (Philadelphia Continental Chapter).
13-Star Flag Raising
Betsy Ross House, 10 a.m.
To kick off the day’s events, the 13-star flag raising in the Betsy Ross House courtyard will also include a reading of a mayoral proclamation recognizing the Betsy Ross House as the site of the City of Philadelphia’s official Flag Day celebration.
50 Star Flag Raising and Grand Parade
National Constitution Center Front Lawn, 10:30 a.m.
Following a 50-star flag raising, troops—past and present—will join a patriotic parade to Independence Hall.
Stripes and Stars Festival Opening Ceremony
Independence Hall, 520 Chestnut Street, 11 a.m.
Independence National Historical Park Superintendent Cynthia MacLeod will read the original act that established the flag of the United States, followed by a reading of the Continental Congress’ resolution establishing the U.S. Army, remarks by military dignitaries, a special enlistment ceremony, and the cutting of the Army birthday cake. The event will be hosted by the William Penn Chapter of the Association of the U.S. Army.
Team Fastrax Professional Skydiving Team
Independence Mall, 12 p.m.
Visitors on Independence Mall will have the opportunity to witness a spectacular display by the Team Fastrax Professional Skydiving Team.
Betsy Ross House
As part of its 74th annual Flag Day festivities, the Philadelphia Flag Day Association will welcome thirteen new citizens who will be taking the Oath of Allegiance in a patriotic ceremony at the Betsy Ross House. All are welcome to join them in their first Pledge of Allegiance as new American citizens.
Giant Flag Folding
National Constitution Center, 2 p.m.
Independence Hall, 3 p.m.
The day concludes as festival visitors help fold a giant American flag!
All Day Events
Stripes and Stars Community Fair
Independence National Historical Park
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Visit booths staffed by community partners include museums and several veterans organizations. Military vehicles and other equipment will be on display!
Family Day with $5 Admission Courtesy of Macy's
National Constitution Center
9:20 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Admission: $5 courtesy of The Macy’s Foundation
Enjoy arts and craft activities, lawn games, educational programs on the history of the flag, and tons of patriotic fun in honor of the red, white, and blue!
Christ Church Burial Ground
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Admission: $2 for adults, $1 for Children
Visitors can explore this historical burial ground! A meet-and-greet with Benjamin Franklin will take place from noon to 3 p.m., and special history hunts will take place throughout the day. Guided tours of the burial ground will be available for an additional fee.
In the Classroom
Lesson Plans and Activities
- The History of the U.S. Flag Video
- The History of Flag Day Lesson Plan
- American Flag Pinwheels Craft Activity
- Design Your Own Flag Craft Activity
- Patriotic Wreaths Craft Activity