Independence Day: All-American Celebration
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).
Family Fun Activities
Daily, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Families can enjoy make-and-take projects, colonial candle making demonstrations, Eighteenth Century games, Thank-A-Vet postcards, and more!
Flag Etiquette Workshop
Daily, 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m.
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.
Voices of a Republic
Tuesdays through Saturdays, 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m.
Bank of America Theatre
An original play Inspired by the theatrical ideas of 12th grade student Orlando Hidalgo, winner of the 2017 Founding Freedoms Playwriting Competition. Sponsored by the John Templeton Foundation.
The production transports museum visitors to 1787 Philadelphia, where a town crier bellows a reading of the newly minted Constitution for the United States of America. Guests will watch as the cobblestone streets become abuzz with whispers, rumors, and questions about our new nation... our new republic. Elizabeth Powel, the Mayor's wife and a friend of General Washington, has always been at the center of the city’s political conversations, but this feels different! What voices ring out in song? Whose voices remain silent? And what can we the people learn from these early Voices of a Republic?
Independence Day Show
Daily, 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., 3 p.m.
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.
The Star-Spangled Banner: A History of Our National Anthem Show
Daily, 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m.
Grand Hall Overlook Stage
Learn the story of Francis Scott Key, the Battle of Fort McHenry, and the flag that inspired our national anthem.
Giant Flag Folding
Daily, 12:45 p.m.
Families can participate as members of the museum’s staff fold our 20X30 foot American flag!
In The Classroom
- American Flag Pinwheels
- Design Your Own Flag
- Lady Liberty Hats
- Liberty Bell Sun Catchers
- Patriotic Wreaths
- Uncle Sam Hats