Where else to celebrate Flag Day than at the home of the nation's first flag? The Betsy Ross House hosts events now through Saturday, in addition to other historic locations around the city. (Photo by G. Widman for GPTMC)
Happy Flag Day, Philadelphia!
Join in the celebrations today, June 14, as Philadelphia commemorates the anniversaries of both the United States flag (236 years) and the United States Army (238 years) in a series of free outdoor events and presentations throughout the historic district — from the National Constitution Center to the Betsy Ross House.
Philadelphia’s Flag Day and U.S. Army Anniversary is a historic double birthday celebration in the city that was the birthplace of the U.S. Army, the American Flag and the nation.
Below is a lineup of all of the fun-filled patriotic events observing these momentous anniversaries today.
• National Constitution Center: On the north end of Independence Mall, the National Constitution Center marks the day with a flag-raising ceremony at 9 a.m., followed by formal military drills.
Today also marks the official opening of the center’s brand-new summer exhibition, The 1968 Exhibit, and a ribbon-cutting ceremony is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. with exhibition tours at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Following the ceremony, the Constitution Center will be filled with Old Glory-inspired family activities including a tie-dye workshop and a flag etiquette workshop.
After the flag goes up, a parade takes off down Independence Mall to Independence Hall.
• Independence Hall: Following the procession from the Constitution Center, the day’s pageantry continues at Independence National Historical Park, where a George Washington reenactor will read the historic resolution by the Continental Congress that established the United States Army on June 14, 1775.
• Independence Mall: After the parade and reading, visitors can enjoy birthday cake and view U.S. Army tactical vehicles at locations throughout Independence Mall.
And for the grand finale at noon, look to the skies as the Spirit of Liberty Sky Diving Team skydives onto Independence Mall!
• Betsy Ross House: Also at noon, head to the nearby Betsy Ross House to witness the City of Philadelphia’s official Flag Day ceremony with a presentation, a military band performance and more.
Saturday sees the annual Flag Fest with live entertainment, puppet shows, free kids’ crafts, Once Upon A Nation History Makers, an aerial circus, jugglers and more, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Outdoor events at the National Constitution Center, Independence Hall and the Betsy Ross House are all free and open to the public. Family activities taking place at the National Constitution Center are free with admission.
Flag Day 2013
Where: Various locations throughout the city
When: Friday, June 14
More info: www.constitutioncenter.org