Historic Philadelphia, Inc. Launches 2017 Summer Tours, Events And Shows Memorial Day Weekend

Pub crawls, military musters, puppet shows and more invite you to journey back in time...

Just as summer unofficially arrives this Memorial Day weekend, so, too, do a slew of opportunities that make it easy to get outside and explore one of the city’s most celebrated areas.

All over Philadelphia’s Historic District, new programs and back-by-popular-demand activities are set to kick off this week with Historic Philadelphia, Inc.‘s seasonal programming (much of which continues through Labor Day).

From the Tippler’s Tour pub crawl to eavesdropping on the Founding Fathers during Independence After Hours, events of all sorts help bring the past to life for visitors of all ages.

Read on to find out which programs pique your interest, and then journey back in time to Colonial America.

Independence After Hours

Independence After HoursPhoto courtesy Historic Philadelphia, Inc.

Go behind Independence Hall’s velvet rope and experience an exclusive opportunity to visit the historic monument after the sun goes down during an Independence After Hours tour. The evening includes a Colonial-style, three-course dinner at City Tavern and a chance to “eavesdrop” on the Founding Fathers at Independence Hall.

Independence After Hours

When:May 26-October 28 (select days)
Where:Tour departs from the Museum of the American Revolution, 101 S. 3rd Street
Cost:$85, adults; $80, seniors, military and students; $55, children 12 and under,

www.historicphiladelphia.org

Tippler's Tour: Colonial Pub Crawl

Tippler's TourPhoto by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

Ready to drink your way through Philadelphia’s history? Reserve your spot on a Tippler’s Tour: Colonial Pub Crawl. A costumed guide leads this weekly event, which includes visits to three modern-day watering holes and one Colonial tavern.

Tippler's Tour: Colonial Pub Crawl

When:May 25-August 10 and November 16-December 28 on Thursdays at 5:30 p.m. (except November 24)
Where:Tour departs from the Independence Visitor Center, 599 Market Street, 1 North Independence Mall West
Cost:$50, adults; $45, seniors, military and students

www.historicphiladelphia.org

Once Upon a Nation Storytelling Benches

Once Upon A NationPhoto by J. Holder for Visit Philadelphia

As you meander through the Historic District, keep an eye out for 13 Once Upon a Nation Storytelling Benches scattered throughout the neighborhood at locations like Elfreth's Alley and the Betsy Ross House. At each site, storytellers tell bite-sized tales of what life was like in Colonial America. Find three additional benches at Valley Forge National Historical Park, where stories are shared on select dates throughout the summer and fall, too.

Once Upon a Nation Storytelling Benches

When:May 27-September 4 (select dates)
Where:Various locations including Franklin Square, 599 Market Street, 1 North Independence Mall West
Cost:Free

www.historicphiladelphia.org

Colonial Stations and Premiere History Maker Programs

A reenactor and a small boy near Independence Hall in PhiladelphiaPhoto by Visit Philadelphia

Some of the Colonial era’s most prominent figures will make appearances in Historic Philadelphia all summer long at Colonial Stations and as part of the Premiere History Maker Programs. Audience members can learn about history through activities like watching famous Founding Fathers debate, meeting Thomas Jefferson as he shares stories of his life and learning about the relationship between George and Martha Washington.

Colonial Stations and Premiere History Maker Programs

When:Dates vary
Where:Various locations including the National Constitution Center, 525 Arch Street, Philadelphia
Cost:Free

www.historicphiladelphia.org

Flag-Raising at the Betsy Ross House

Photo by M. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia

Spend the morning with famous seamstress Betsy Ross as Ross herself hoists the 13-star flag from the courtyard of her former home.

Flag-Raising at the Betsy Ross House

When:May 27-September 4 at 10 a.m.
Where:Betsy Ross House, 239 Arch Street
Cost:Free

www.historicphiladelphia.org

Military Muster

Signer's Garden is home to a marching and musket etiquette lesson for folks of all ages through Labor Day. Participation is free — just listen for the sounds of drills and drums.

Military Muster

When:May 27-September 4 at 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. (select days)
Where:Signer's Garden, 434-498 Chestnut Street
Cost:Free

www.historicphiladelphia.org

Declaration Readings

Photo by E. Savaria for Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau

History Makers bring the Declaration of Independence to life during afternoon readings behind Independence Mall. Those of all ages are invited to come out and mingle with the costumed characters who deliver the show.

Declaration Readings

When:May 27-September 4 at 3:45 p.m. (select days)
Where:Behind Independence Hall, 520 Chestnut Street
Cost:Free

www.historicphiladelphia.org

Colonial Kids' Quest Puppet Show

Colonial Quest Puppet ShowPhoto courtesy Historic Philadelphia, Inc.

Puppetry meets history in this educational, kid-oriented performance. During the show, pint-sized audience members help Francois the Frog, Nibbles the Mouse and their animal puppet friends search for a missing copy of the Declaration of Independence.

Colonial Kids' Quest Puppet Show

When:May 27-June 10 on Saturdays at 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.; June 16-July 22 on Fridays and Saturdays at 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Where:Behind Carpenters' Historic Hall, 320 Chestnut Street
Cost:Free

www.historicphiladelphia.org

Valley Forge Secrets and Spies

valley forgePhoto by M. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia

Rumor has it that there's a plot to kidnap George Washington at Valley Forge! Learn 18th-century spy techniques, including counterespionage tactics and invisible ink message writing, in efforts to help foil the conspiracy.

Valley Forge Secrets and Spies

When:June 10-August 19 (select days)
Where:Valley Forge National Historical Park, 1400 North Outer Line Drive, King of Prussia
Cost:Free

www.historicphiladelphia.org

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