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July 4th Events in Historic Philadelphia

Special events, daily activities and extended hours during the Celebration of Independence

Celebrate America’s Birthday in the birthplace of Independence. Head to Historic Philadelphia to celebrate the nation’s 238th birthday with special events, daily activities for the kids and extended hours at can’t-miss historic attractions like Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell.

Happy 4th of July from Historic Philadelphia

Ben Franklin, Betsy Ross and the townspeople of Colonial Philadelphia are feeling very “Happy” this July 4th and made a video to spread their cheer. Watch their fun celebration below.



Continue reading for our list of fun activities and events happening in Historic Philadelphia during July 4th and beyond.

Upcoming Events

All-American Celebration

Dates: July 2-5, 2014
Time: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Location: Independence Mall
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 during the All-American Celebration in Historic Philadelphia.

1776 Experience

Dates: July 2-4, 2014
Time: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Location: National Constitution Center
Experience the life of an American Revolutionary War soldier as you enter a recreated historic military encampment on the lawn of the National Constitution Center. Practice mustering with the troops, visit the wounded in a medical tent, look for a new sword at the blacksmith shop or go hands-on with carpentry and leatherwork as you experience the soldier’s life

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Celebration of Freedom Ceremony

Date: July 4, 2014
Time: 10-11 a.m.
Location: 6th and Chestnut Streets
Vice President Joe Biden will join Mayor Michael Nutter, Martin Luther King III and others for the Celebration of Freedom Ceremony, which takes place in front of Independence Hall. Pay tribute to the history of our great nation with a patriotic and inspiring morning of music, speeches and a reading of excerpts from the Declaration of Independence. This year’s ceremony recognizes the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the 60th anniversary of the Brown v. Board Supreme Court decision.

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Independence Day Parade

Date: July 4, 2014
Time: 11 a.m.
Location: Parade starts at 6th and Chestnut Streets
More than 5,000 participants will take to the streets of Historic Philadelphia for a patriotic and colorful parade featuring marching bands, floats, military members and more.

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Betsy’s Independence Day Bash

Date: July 4, 2014
Time: 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Location: Betsy Ross House | 3rd and Arch Streets
Join Betsy Ross for an afternoon of family-friendly fun and games, a naturalization ceremony at 1:30 p.m. and a ceremonial bell ringing at 2 p.m.

4th of July at the Powel House

Date: July 4, 2014
Time: Noon-6 p.m.
Location: Powel House | 244 S. 3rd Street

Celebrate the 4th of July at the Powel House with a day-long celebration featuring guided tours, barbecue, cocktails, live music and more. Tickets are available online in advance or at the door.

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Betsy Ross

Celebrate at the Betsy Ross House all week long with daily flag raisings, historic activities and a family-friendly July 4th celebration.
(Photo by G. Widman for Visit Philadelphia)

Franklin Square Independence Day Fun

Date: July 4, 2014
Time: Noon-3 p.m.
Location: Franklin Square | 7th and Race Streets

Franklin Square is celebrating America’s birthday with a day of carnival games ($.25 per play) and fun attractions including the Lightning Bolt Express Train, mini-golf and carousel rides. Don’t forget to refresh with tasty treats from SquareBurger.

Let Freedom Ring

Date: July 4, 2014
Time: 1-2 p.m.
Location: Independence National Historical Park
Descendents of the Signers of the Declaration of Independence and Pennsylvania Society’s Sons of the Revolution take part in this special event in the shadow of Independence Hall. The morning celebration concludes with symbolic tapping of the Liberty Bell at 2 p.m.

America’s Birthday Party with Betsy Ross and Termini Bros. Bakery

Date: July 4, 2014
Time: 1 p.m.
Location: Independence Visitor Center
The Independence Visitor Center is hosting a sweet celebration for America’s Birthday with Termini Brothers Bakery. A spectacular five-tier cake will be decorated at the Visitor Center starting at 10 a.m. and leading up to the celebration at 1 p.m. The cake will be surrounded by 2,500 cupcakes configured into the shape of an American flag. When decoration of the cake is complete, a fife and drum will lead Betsy Ross into the Visitor Center to conduct a brief ceremony celebrating our nation’s 238th birthday. Betsy will cut the cake and Termini Bros. Bakery staff will then give away the cupcakes to the public — for free.

Independence Day Parade

More than 5,000 participants celebrate during the annual Independence Day Parade in Historic Philadelphia .
(Photo by G. Widman for Visit Philadelphia)

8th Annual Phyzz Fest

Date: July 5, 2014
Time: 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Details: Physick House Museum & Garden, 321 S. 4th Street

Head to the Physick House Museum to celebrate America’s first soda with samples brewed from an original recipe created by Dr. Philip Syng Physick — the “Father of American Surgery” and “Soda’s Pop.” The afternoon celebration features ice cream from The Franklin Fountain and a variety of family-friendly activities.

238th Anniversary of the Reading of the Declaration of Independence

Date: July 8, 2014
Time: 11:50 a.m.
Location: Independence Hall
Commemorate the 238th anniversary of the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence in the place it actually happened. The free event outside Independence Hall features costumed National Park Rangers and free copies of the Declaration of Independence. Visitors can enter the event from 5th and Chestnut Streets.

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Daily Events

Stars and Stripes Flag Raising at the Betsy Ross House

Date: Daily
Time: 10 a.m.
Location: Betsy Ross House Courtyard
Every day at 10 a.m., join Betsy Ross as she raises the American Flag at the birthplace of the Stars & Stripes.

Colonial For A Day Costume Rentals

Date: Daily
Time: 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
Location: Historic Philadelphia Center | 6th and Chestnut Streets
Children can get into the colonial spirit during their visit to Historic Philadelphia by dressing up as a colonial for the day. Boys can wear colonial shirts and haversacks for the day while girls get dresses and colorful sashes. Rentals cost $24.95 per day and include a Colonial Activity Map.

Liberty 360 3-D Show in the PECO Theater

Date: Daily
Time: 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
Location: Historic Philadelphia Center | 6th and Market Streets
Benjamin Franklin takes visitors on an eye-popping 3-D adventure exploring the meaning behind America’s symbols of freedom. Shown on a 360-degree screen, the 15-minute, 3-D experience is one not to be missed.

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Military Muster

Date: Daily
Time: 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Location: Signers’ Garden | 5th and Chestnut Streets
Families can join the West Jersey Artillery for a fun and exciting drill in the art of musket firing at Signers’ Garden in Historic Philadelphia.

Extended Holiday Hours

Enjoy extended hours at many of Historic Philadelphia’s top attractions during Philadelphia’s July 4th celebration.

National Constitution Center

Dates: July 2-3
Hours: 9:30 a.m.-8 p.m.

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Independence Visitor Center

Dates: July 2-5
Hours: 8:30 a.m.-8 p.m.

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Independence Hall

Dates: July 2-5
Hours: 9 a.m.-8 p.m.
Note: After 5 p.m., tickets to tour Independence Hall are not required.

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Liberty Bell Center

Dates: July 2-5
Hours: 9 a.m.-8 p.m.

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National Museum of American Jewish History

Date: July 4
Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

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Guide to July 4th in Philadelphia

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