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 In The Classroom
- The History of the U.S. Flag Video
- The History of Flag Day Lesson Plan
- From Our Blog:A Brief History of Flag Day
- American Flag Pinwheels Craft Activity
- Patriotic Wreaths Craft Activity
Celebrate at the Museum
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. This year’s Stripes and Stars Festival will take place on Wednesday, June 14, 2017, 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 led by the United States Army Field Band Brass Quintet, a swearing-in of Future Soldiers, a dramatic skydiving demonstration, displays and demonstrations of U.S. Army equipment, giant flag folding demonstrations, and a moving naturalization ceremony.
Most Stripes and Stars Festival events are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted below.
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Annual Festival Highlights
13-Star Flag Raising
Betsy Ross House, 239 Arch Street, 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, 525 Arch Street, 10:30 a.m.
Following a moving 50-star flag raising ceremony, 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.
Team Fastrax Professional Skydiving Team
Independence Mall, 12 p.m.
Visitors on Independence Mall will have the opportunity to witness a spectacular skydive demonstration by the Team Fastrax Professional Skydiving Team.
Betsy Ross House, 1 p.m.
As part of its 75th annual Flag Day festivities, the Philadelphia Flag Day Association will welcome thirteen new citizens who will take 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. and Independence Hall, 3 p.m.
The day concludes as festival visitors help fold a giant American flag.