On June 14, way back in 1777, the United States adopted a new flag crafted by one Betsy Ross.
This week at the Betsy Ross House — where America’s most famous seamstress sewed that first stars and stripes banner — celebrate Old Glory with family-friendly activities and interactive experiences, culminating in the day-long Stars & Stripes Saturday event, June 15.
Visit the house Monday through Friday this week between noon and 2 p.m. to meet Betsy, General George Washington or drill with the Continental Army.
From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., little ones can also participate in free craft activities.
At noon on Friday, June 14, join in the celebrations of the City of Philadelphia’s official Flag Day ceremony.
The celebrations begin at 9 a.m. at the National Constitution Center, then travel to Independence Mall for a flag raising before heading to the Betsy Ross House at noon for a service, followed by a military band concert.
Come the weekend, Stars & Stripes Saturday kicks off at 10 a.m. in the House’s courtyard, with performances by the Funicular Aerial Circus, Give & Take Jugglers, Bag Lady Theater and Professor Horn’s Punch & Judy puppet show.
Plus, enjoy make-and-take crafts for the kids, old-fashioned carnival games, stories from the Once Upon A Nation Storytellers and meet Charles Weisgerber, the unsung patriot who opened the Betsy Ross House to the public in the late 19th century.
Admission to the festival is $5, which includes a tour of the House.
Let’s hear it for the red, white and blue!
Flag Festival at the Betsy Ross House
When: June 10-14, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; June 15, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: Arch Street, between 2nd and 3rd streets
More info: www.betsyrosshouse.org