Independence Day may still be weeks away, but get ready to dust off your red, white and blue for the first Philadelphia Stripes and Stars Festival.
Salute Old Glory and the U.S. Army during a daylong festival at a number of sites throughout historic Philadelphia on Saturday, June 14.
Marking the shared birthday of two of our country’s greatest institutions, the American flag and the U.S. Army, the Philadelphia’s Stripes and Stars Festival commemorates the anniversaries of both the United States flag (237 years) and the United States Army (239 years) in a series of free indoor and outdoor events and presentations at venues throughout the historic district — from the National Constitution Center to the Betsy Ross House and beyond.
Events include flag raising ceremonies, giant flag folding demonstrations, a special exhibition on the history of the flag, a naturalization ceremony, drill teams, a color guard and a parade.
On Saturday, June 14, the festival begins at 9 a.m. with a 13-Star flag raising ceremony at the Betsy Ross House, followed by a 50-Star flag raising at the National Constitution Center.
All day long, family-friendly happenings are set at the National Constitution Center, the Historic Philadelphia Center and the Betsy Ross House. Plus, a Stripes and Stars Festival community fair on Independence Mall will showcase patriotic activities, including demonstrations from Fort Mifflin on the Delaware and the Pennsylvania National Guard.
To get ready for the big day, celebrations begin this Sunday, June 8 at the Betsy Ross House to mark the start of National Flag Week, and continue right through its Stripes and Stars Festival event, Stars & Stripes Saturday on June 14.
Most of the Stripes and Stars Festival events are completely free, and admission to both the National Constitution Center and the Betsy Ross House will be discounted to $5 for the day.
Check here for more information on this festive day, and stay tuned for more on this celebration of Old Glory in Philadelphia.
Stripes and Stars Festival
When: Saturday, June 14
Where: Throughout Philadelphia’s Historic District
Cost: Mostly free
More info: www.constitutioncenter.org