The National Constitution Center hosts tons of programming indoors and out to celebrate Independence Week in 2015. (Photo courtesy Constitution Center)
The festivities surrounding America’s birthday last all week long here in Philadelphia, with daily happenings across the city.
At the National Constitution Center, an entire museum devoted to exploring and explaining the U.S. Constitution, four days of special programming, events, freebie and more mark Independence Week from July 2 to 5.
The National Constitution Center’s All-American Celebration runs daily July 2-5 at the Independence Mall museum with free admission on July 2 and July 4, and a packed schedule of happenings both indoors and out from Thursday through Sunday.
Meet the nation’s founding fathers, including Benjamin Franklin, George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, participate in Colonial-era games, sign up to become a member of the Continental Army and enjoy daily special events — from giant flag-folding workshops and flag-raising ceremonies to spirited performances.
On July 2, as part of Wawa Welcome America Hoagie Day, guests can enjoy free admission to the museum, hoagie themed events and exhibitions including the History of the Hoagie and History of Wawa exhibitions.
The annual hoagie-filled event commences at noon with free hoagie giveaways on Independence Mall. The museum hosts extended hours, too, remaining open until 8 p.m.
Also out on Independence Mall, the 1776 Experience Revolutionary War Encampment will be set up (weather permitting) July 2-4, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
A part of the All-American Celebration, visitors can experience the life of an American Revolutionary War soldier by checking out a recreated historic military encampment, witnessing flag folding and more on the lawn of the Constitution Center.
Inside the museum, daily special events like the Independence Day Show, colonial demonstrations and make-and-take projects complement the complete lineup of exhibitions.
The National Constitution Center will also host extended hours on Thursday, July 2 and on Friday, July 3, staying open from 9:30 a.m. until 8 p.m. The museum will be open on July 4 from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., and on July 5 from noon to 5 p.m.
Note: Admission to the National Constitution Center is free on July 2 and on July 4. Regular admission fees apply to all programming and exhibitions inside the museum on July 3 and July 5. All programming on the front lawn is free.
Check here for the complete lineup of activities.
Beyond the Fourth of July exhibits, guests can visit Speaking Out for Equality: The Supreme Court, Gay Rights, and the Constitution, which explores the gay-rights movement through the constitutional “conversations” that have framed the struggle for equality, and Creating Camelot: The Kennedy Photography of Jacques Lowe, a traveling exhibition that features more than 70 photographs that capture both the public and private moments of the Kennedy family’s life.
Plus, visitors can maximize that holiday-weekend fun with a free Historic Philadelphia Pass offering exclusive discounts and offers, including up to half-off select admission to 19 attractions in the Historic District.
The pass can be picked up anytime at the Historic Philadelphia Center (6th & Chestnut Streets), the Independence Visitor Center (6th & Market streets) or the National Constitution Center (6th & Arch streets), or any participating attraction from July 2-5. For more information, click here.
All-American Celebration at National Constitution Center
When: July 2-5
Where: 525 Arch Street, Independence Mall
Cost: Free admission July 2 and July 4; Regular admission on July 3 and July 5; Outdoor activities, free
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