Discover Key Moments In Historic Germantown’s Past As It Hosts Its Free 9th Annual Independence Day Celebration, Thursday, July 4

Visit one of Philadelphia's most historic areas this 4th of July, as Historic Germantown hosts its annual Independence Day celebration, complete with free tours, family-friendly activities, live music and much more. (Photo by R. Kennedy for GPTMC)

Come one, come all to Historic Germantown’s 9th annual Independence Day celebration. The multi-site event welcomes guests of all ages to visit the sites that have been around since the days of our founding fathers.

Explore some of Germantown’s most historic sites, dating back to as early as the 17th century. History will come alive with reenactor events, arts and crafts, live music and much more.

Celebrate the fourth of July by visiting some of Philadelphia’s most influential colonial sites, all hosting free activities for the holiday.

Stenton: Travel back to a simpler time at Stenton’s old-fashioned fourth of July celebration. The site was once home to James Logan, secretary to William Penn, and saw some of the country’s most influential people come through its doors. Join reenactor Benjamin Franklin as he tells stories and greets folks as they arrive at the party. Dance to historic tunes as Run of the Mill String Band performs for the duration of the event. Also, families are invited to partake in make-your-own-ice-cream and flag-centric activities.

When: Thursday, July 4, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Where: Stenton, 4601 N. 18th Street

Hood Cemetery: Visit the graves of some of Philadelphia’s first settlers this 4th of July as Hood Cemetery provides guests with free tours. The cemetery was founded in 1692 and contains more than 1,000 grave sites.

When: Thursday, July 4, noon-4 p.m.
Where: Hood Cemetery, 4901 Germantown Avenue

Concord School & Upper Burial Ground: Visit the Concord School and historic Upper Burial Ground for free tours and a fun activity for children. From 1 to 3 p.m., hear the story of reenactor Oney Judge, Martha Washington’s slave who escaped to freedom with the help of a free black group in Philadelphia. At 2 p.m., the historic schoolhouse rings the bells atop the building as part of a 4th of July tradition.

When: Thursday, July 4, noon-3 p.m.
Where: 6309 Germantown Avenue

Johnson House: The beacon of hope was once an underground railroad stop, visit the Johnson House to honor its history as it offers free tours on the 4th of July.

When: Thursday, July 4, noon-3 p.m.
Where: Johnson House, 6306 Germantown Avenue

Cliveden: From noon to 4 p.m., the home to seven generations of the Chew family hosts free tours of the historic Cliveden house. The home is one of the sites of the Battle of Germantown, a infamous battle and the only Revolutionary War battle to take place in Philadelphia.

When: Thursday, July 4, Noon-4 p.m.
Where: Cliveden, 6401 Germantown Avenue


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