Celebrating Independence 2015

A marching band and color guard on stage in front of Independence Hall on Independence Day.

NPS Photo

 
Celebrating independence is serious business at Independence National Historical Park. See below for all that we have planned June 25 thru July 8, 2015. There's something for everyone.
 

Ongoing Programs: June 25-July 8

 

Historic Tall Ship: L'Hermione

Dates: Thursday, June 25 thru Sunday June 28, 2015
Time: Times vary
Location: Penn's Landing, 101 Columbus Blvd. Philadelphia, PA 19106
Cost: Tickets required, prices vary, call 877-4FLY-TIX

See the authentically reconstructed frigate, L'Hermione, that delivered the Marquis de Lafayette in 1780 with promises of French aid. It's all a part of "Tall Ships Philadelphia Camden 2015" See our Calendar of Events for full event information.

 
For Kids: Officer's Candidate School

Dates: Saturday, June 27 thru Sunday, July 5, 2015
Times: Enroll daily between 8:30am and 1:30pm
Location: Independence Visitor Center, corner of 6th and Market Streets
Cost: FREE

Kids, enroll and receive an assignment that will require you to solve problems and prove your worth to the Continental Army. See our calendar of events for full event information.
 
Walking Tour: The People of Independence

Dates: Saturday, June 27 thru Sunday, July 5, 2015
Time: 2:30pm daily
Location: Meet ranger in front of Carpenters' Hall, Chestnut Street between 3rd and 4th Streets
Cost: FREE

Join a park ranger and hear about the key figures who played a leading role in guiding the colonies toward independence (1 hour). See our Calendar of Events for full event information.
 
Ranger Program: Today in History

Dates: Saturday, June 27 thru Sunday, July 5, 2015
Time: 6:30pm Daily
Location: Meet at the Barry Statue behind Independence Hall, between 5th and 6th Streets and Chestnut and Walnut Streets
Cost: FREE

Join a park ranger for a discussion about events that happened on this same day in 1776. See our Calendar of Events for full event information.
 
July 3
 

Concert: POPS on Independence

Date: Friday, July 3, 2015
Time: 8:00pm
Location: Independence Mall, between Chestnut and Market Streets and 5th and 6th Streets
Cost: FREE

Celebrate America's birthday with an evening of patriotic music performed by Philadelphia's own Philly POPS (2 hours). See our Calendar of Events for full event information.

 

July 4

 

Ceremony: A Celebration of Freedom

Date: Saturday, July 4, 2015
Time: 10:00am
Location: Independence Mall, between Chestnut and Market Streets and 5th and 6th Streets
Cost: FREE

Enjoy this patriotic and inspiring program of music, speeches, readings from the Declaration of Independence, and more (1 hour). See our Calendar of Events for full event information.

 
Independence Day Parade

Date: Saturday, July 4, 2015
Time: 11:00am
Location: In front of Independence Hall and throughout the Historic District
Cost: FREE

What's red, white, and blue all over? The Philadelphia Independence Parade! Enjoy this old-fashioned parade that winds its way through the Historic District (2 hours). See our Calendar of Events for full event information.
 
Ceremony: Let Freedom Ring

Date: Saturday, July 4, 2015
Time: 1:00pm
Location: Independence Square, security entrance at 5th and Chestnut Streets
Cost: FREE

Join the Descendants of the Signers of the Declaration of Independence and the Pennsylvania Sons of the American Revolution in this special ceremony (1 hour). See our Calendar of Events for full event information.
 
Ceremony: 50th Anniversary Celebration - "Annual Reminders"

Date: Saturday, July 4, 1950
Time: 3:00pm
Location: Independence Mall, between Chestnut and Market Streets and 5th and 6th Streets
Cost: FREE

Join speakers and special guests for the commemoration of the first organized LGBT civil rights demonstration. See our Calendar of Events for full event information.
 
July 8
 

Living History: Re-enactment of the First Public Reading of the Declaration of Independence

Date: July 8, 2015
Time: 11:45am
Location: Independence Square, security entrance at 5th and Chestnut Streets
Cost: FREE

Cheer or jeer as costumed rangers re-enact the July 8, 1776 reading of the Declaration of Independence (1 hour). See our Calendar of Events for full event information.

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