Betsy Ross House

(An architect's rendering of the proposed apartment building for 218 Arch Street.  The Betsy Ross House, not visible in rendering, is across Arch Street at the far right.  Image by architect Stephen Varenhorst provided by Phila. Historical Commission)

Developer Agrees To Reconsider Plans For Big Building in Historic Old City Location

Plans for the apartment building on the 200 block of Arch Street were due to be voted on by the architectural committee of the Philadelphia Historical Commission.

06/23/2015

(credit: Mike Dougherty)

People From Across America Visit Philadelphia To Celebrate Flag Day

Sunday was Flag Day — and a celebration of all things stars and stripes was happening in Old City Philadelphia where this nation’s flag was created.

06/14/2015

(Colin Dunlap and his sister, Tess, share birthday cupcakes with "Betsy Ross" at her home in Old City.  Photo by John McDevitt)

Birthday Party in Old City Fêtes America’s Premier Flagmaker

Betsy Ross would have been 263 years old on New Year’s Day.

12/31/2014

(The Philadelphia Police and Fire Pipes and Drums band marches down Second Street, from the Firemen's Hall museum, past Elfreth's Alley, to the Betsy Ross House on Arch Street.  Photo by John McDevitt)

Philadelphia Officials Take Part in 13th Anniversary Remembrance of 9/11

The City of Philadelphia held a patriotic ceremony today in Old City today to remember the victims of the September 11th terrorist attacks thirteen years ago.

09/11/2014

(Lauren Saul, with one of the American flags in the Philadelphia Flag Day Association's collection. Photo provided)

Positively Philadelphia: Flag Day Festivities

Flag Day is coming up, and you’re invited to a big bash in the hometown of our national symbol.

06/08/2014

(credit: Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

Top Things To Do In Philadelphia Today, Jun. 6

Looking for something to do today? Here are our top three picks…there’s something for everyone in the Philadelphia area!

06/06/2014

Andy Maunder, President and tour guide for Awfully Nice Tours poses next to private tour van. (Credit: Dan Majka)

Hear Philly: An Awfully Nice Way To Experience Philadelphia

Whether it’s a private driving tour, a walking tour or a day on a Segway, Awfully Nice Tours allows you to experience the finest Philadelphia has to offer, from the city’s great history to it’s food and culture.

04/23/2014

(The National Constitution Center, government-owned but independently funded, had a sign out to make sure tourists knew they weren't affected by the government shutdown.  Credit: Paul Kurtz)

Old City Tourists Find Plenty To Do Despite Government Shutdown

Tourists on the historical circuit were finding slim pickings today, with the major sites closed for the government funding crisis.

10/01/2013

(Philadelphia police, fire, and government officials conduct a 9/11 memorial service outside the Betsy Ross House, at 2nd and Arch Streets in Old City.  Credit: Steve Tawa)

Philadelphia Officials Mark 12th Anniversary of 9/11 Attacks

Fire commissioner Lloyd Ayers sounded a bell in memory of all of the victims of September 11th, including first responders.

09/11/2013

Rachel Grieb, with mother and father John and Sarah and her two brothers. (credit: Cherri Gregg/KYW)

13 Children Become American Citizens At Betsy Ross House Ceremony

They hailed from 13 countries, one for each of the 13 colonies that became a part of the Union this day 237 years ago, as well as the 13 stars on the original flag created by Betsy Ross.

07/04/2013

(A poster advertises Old City's First "Inside Out" event on July 6th.  Credit: John McDevitt)

Old City Will Make Its ‘First Friday’ a Two-Day Event In July

For the first time next month, galleries, shops, restaurants, museums, and other venues in Old City Philadelphia will be going to their sidewalks for a one-day festival.

06/25/2013

(The Cabinetmaker's Apprentices entertain visitors near the ticket counter of Historic Philadelphia.  Credit: Pat Loeb)

Summer Activities Offered For Schoolkids Throughout Philadelphia’s Historic District

As summer gets underway for the region’s schoolchildren, the tourism agency Historic Philadelphia wants to help parents fill the time off.

06/18/2013

(A member of a precision skydiving team makes a pinpoint landing on Independence Mall.  Photo from National Park Service)

Philadelphia, Home of the American Flag, Pulls Out All Stops For Flag Day Celebrations

On Independence Mall, bystanders got a Flag Day surprise when members of the Fastrax Skydiving Team made a grand entrance from above, carrying gigantic American flags.

06/14/2013

(Credit: Justin Udo)

Flag Week Kicks Off With Ceremony At Betsy Ross House

The ceremony served as a reminder on just how to handle Old Glory when it shouldn’t be used anymore.

06/09/2013

(Credit: Betsy Ross House)

Top Ways To Celebrate Women’s History Month 2013 In Philadelphia

This March, celebrate Women’s History Month with events and activities honoring local women of the past, present and future.

03/04/2013

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