Independence Day: All-American Celebration

Independence Day: All-American Celebration

July 2– July 4, 2019

Do-Now Discussion

Eleven years before the Constitution was drafted, Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence, in which he described certain essential human rights. What would you include in a list of rights that you think are important and why?

At The Museum

Join the National Constitution Center for an array of patriotic festivities surrounding Independence Day, including the interactive Independence Day show, exploring the history of the Declaration of Independence and how the definition of “We the People” has expanded since Thomas Jefferson penned the famous words “…all men are created equal…” in 1776. Visitors can create Colonial-era arts and crafts and stop by the museum’s Revolutionary War encampment on the museum’s front lawn. Colonial musical performances will take place throughout the week as well as appearances by some other famous historical figures (in the form of reenactors).

Special Events

Finding the Founders Event
Tuesday, July 2, 2019
Visit the National Constitution Center and neighboring sites throughout Historic Philadelphia to join fascinating conversations with scholars, who will share their insights on equality and freedom through the lens of the American Revolution. The program will provide an expanded understanding of Independence Day—one that sees the holiday as both a celebration and an acknowledgment of America’s ongoing struggle to achieve the ideals expressed in the nation’s founding documents.

Revolutionary War Encampment
July 2-4, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m.
Front Lawn
Join Revolutionary War re-enactors as you step into a re-created military encampment right on the National Constitution Center’s front lawn. Stop by the medical tent to visit the surgeon, watch the blacksmith forge iron, and see Continental Army soldiers march and drill on the grounds. You can even practice being a soldier with a wooden musket and find out if a soldiers’ life is for you!

The National Constitution Center is pleased to once again partner with the 6th Pennsylvania Regiment to present our 9th Annual Revolutionary War Encampment.

Daily Activities

National Constitution Center Exhibits
Visitors to the National Constitution Center will have the opportunity to explore all of our signature exhibits including The Story of We the People, Signers’ Hall, American Treasures, and Constituting Liberty, and view Freedom Rising, our live theatrical production.  Visitors can also experience out newest feature exhibit Hamilton: The Constitutional Clashes That Shaped a Nation.

Family Fun Activities
Daily, 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

  • At Historic Character Meet and Greets, visitors can interact with famous figures from history, including founding fathers like Ben Franklin and George Washington.
  • Visitors themselves can don colonial outfits at our Dress Up station, and pose for one-of-a-kind photos!
  • Outside, visitors can play graces, hoop and stick, nine pin, and other games popular during the Revolutionary era.
  • Visitors will also have the opportunity to step inside an actual voting booth and cast their vote for their favorite founding figure!  In partnership with the Philadelphia City Commissioner’s Office.
  • There is also be great make-and-take craft projects for visitors to create!

What America Eats: The History of the Hoagie Show
Wawa Hoagie Day
Grand Hall Overlook Stage
This fun and engaging program will explore the history of the American hoagie and the many names “We the People” use for this sandwich.

Alexander Hamilton: The Early Years
Presented in conjunction with our newest feature exhibit, Hamilton: The Constitutional Clashes That Shaped a Nation,  interactive lobby show introduces visitors to the story of Hamilton’s early life! Learn about his experience growing up in the Caribbean and his journey to the United States, his struggle to obtain an education, and his time as a Revolutionary soldier at the right hand of George Washington.

Independence Day Show
Grand Hall Overlook Stage
From parades to protests, cannons to flag waving, explosive words to fiery demonstrations, this show takes an in-depth look at this exciting celebration of freedom from the early days of American independence to the present day.

Flag Etiquette Workshop
Grand Overlook Stage
Join the National Constitution Center staff each morning for a spirited Flag Raising Ceremony, and then again in the evenings as we reverently lower it.  In special workshops, visitors will discover the history and symbolism of the American flag and learn all about the proper way to treat it.

Giant Flag Folding
Families can participate as members of the museum’s staff fold our 20X30 foot American flag!

The Star-Spangled Banner: A History of Our National Anthem Show
Grand Hall Overlook Stage
Learn the story of Francis Scott Key, the Battle of Fort McHenry, and the flag that inspired our national anthem.

In the Classroom

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