Celebrate America’s Birthday in the Birthplace of its Army
Contact: John Golden , 610.834.7985
As the nation celebrates the signing of the Declaration of Independence, the Valley Forge area and
On Saturday, July 2, and Sunday, July 3, at noon, at
On Monday, July 4, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., the park hosts a "National Picnic" with patriotic music, a Thomas Jefferson interpreter and children's games and activities. Costumed Park rangers will demonstrate soldier life and artillery and muskets near the Muhlenberg Brigade area. Hot dogs and hamburgers will be available at the Valley Forge Canteen.
Patriotism reigns on
In Norristown, the county seat, the annual parade begins at 10 a.m. Marching bands and more move from Main and DeKalb Streets to
Elmwood Park Zoo, adjacent to the park, features one of the country's largest open air bald eagle exhibits. A moon bounce, live animal shows, face painting and pony rides will be among the zoo's special activities for the day. And about 20 minutes from the
For affordable accommodations and more information about all there is to do in Valley Forge and
Did You Know?
Precision marching was the key to victory on the 18th century battlefield. Inspector General Baron von Steuben made marching the central element of his training program at Valley Forge. By May the army was able to stay in formation while advancing and retreating over all types of ground.