Did you know that Pennsylvania was the first and only state to designate Flag Day a state holiday? If not, head to one of these celebratory events honoring the symbol of our country!
Betsy Ross House
239 Arch St
June 13 – 20, times vary
Flag Fest at the Betsy Ross House—the birthplace of the nation’s flag—returns! The week-long celebration features historical re-enactors, crafts and daily flag-raising ceremonies. It kicks off with Stars & Stripes Saturday, a full day of activities–like live patriotic music, puppet shows, old school carnival games, delicious food and even an aerial circus!
Flag Day Parade & Fireworks
Bailey Rd & Ruskin Ln
June 13, Dusk
Head to the ‘burbs for a Flag Day parade, an antique car show, a naturalization ceremony and finally, a fireworks celebration! The show begins at dusk.
Stars and Stripes Festival: Flag Day and Army Birthday 2015
National Constitution Center
525 Arch St
June 14, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Celebrate the birth of the American flag and the American Army at the NCC, where the fun begins with a flag-raising ceremony on the Center’s front lawn. Afterwards, watch a patriotic parade, see sky divers land on Independence Mall, celebrate as 13 people become Americans, participate in giant flag-folding, and more. Events are happening throughout Historic Philadelphia, including Independence Hall and the (aforementioned) Betsy Ross House.
PECO Theater, Historic Philadelphia Center
6th & Chestnut Sts.
Ongoing, starting at 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.; $6 adults, $5 for kids/veterans/students/seniors
This 3-D show features a realistic Ben Franklin as your guide through 15 of the nation’s most beloved symbols. The show is 15 minutes long and plays every 20 minutes.