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    Valley Forge

    National Historical Park Pennsylvania

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    The main entrance to the Visitor Center will be closed 4/24 - 4/25 for sidewalk repairs. Please use the upper entrance, located on the backside of the Visitor Center. Follow the signs from the main parking lot around the building. More »

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    Beginning April 22, improvements to the Visitor Center complex will be made and periodic closures will occur over a two-week period. Plan your visit with this information in mind. Further details and dates will be made available as possible. More »

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April 23, 2014
Public is invited to the ceremonial groundbreaking of the new pedestrian/bicycle bridge in Valley Forge National Park
The groundbreaking for Sullivan’s Bridge, the new pedestrian/bicycle bridge across the Schuylkill River in Valley Forge National Historical Park, will occur on Thursday, May 1 at 1:00 PM. The ceremony will take place on the construction site adjacent to the Betzwood Picnic Area. Senator John Rafferty, National Park Service, and PennDOT and local officials will share their enthusiasm for the new construction. The public is invited to attend.

April 09, 2014
Go Wild for History and Outdoor Recreation at Valley Forge National Historical Park during National Park Week
National Park Week is an annual celebration and invitation to the public to re-connect with the 401 national parks across the country. Valley Forge National Historical Park will host a number of special events and programs for all ages throughout the week of April 19 – 27, providing plenty of opportunities for visitors to embrace this years’ theme and “Go Wild!”

March 20, 2014
Incomparable Patience and Fidelity
The public is invited to spend a weekend with the Fourth Connecticut Regiment at Valley Forge National Historical Park.

January 31, 2014
Valley Forge Celebrates Washington’s Birthday over Presidents’ Day Weekend
Valley Forge National Historical Park has planned a weekend of programs and activities to celebrate Washington’s 282nd birthday this year.

October 31, 2013
Valley Forge National Historical Park will Commemorate America’s Veterans with Special Programs and Ceremonial Services on November 11
Valley Forge National Historical Park will commemorate the Continental Army's legacy and honor all of America's military, past and present, with special events on Veterans Day, November 11. The public is welcome to attend a commemoration ceremony at the National Memorial Arch beginning at 11 a.m.

September 30, 2013
Valley Forge National Historical Park Releases Two Requests for Proposals for Commercial Leases
The National Park Service (NPS) at Valley Forge National Historical Park announces the release of two separate Requests for Proposals for commercial leasing opportunities of historic buildings.

September 16, 2013
Hundreds of volunteers expected to help spruce up Valley Forge National Historical Park on National Public Lands Day
Volunteers are invited to roll up their sleeves and get dirty and help to spruce up Valley Forge National Historical Park (NHP) on Saturday, September 28, 2013 in celebration of National Public Lands Day. Special musical guest, the New Bedford Youth Ambassador Program (YAP!) and the Young Friends Block Party and Fundraiser Cookout are also part of the day’s celebrations in addition to the announcement of the “Name the New Trail Bridge” contest.

June 24, 2013
July 4th Community Picnic in the Park
Celebrate our nation’s independence with artillery demonstrations, historical games, an All-American cook-out, music, and more during the 3rd Annual Community Picnic in the Park at Valley Forge National Historical Park.

June 19, 2013
Be an Archeologist!
The public is invited to participate in an archeological excavation this summer of the 1st Virginia Brigade site at Valley Forge National Historical Park.

June 18, 2013
Helping Hands for America’s Lands on National Public Lands Day 2013
Volunteers are invited to roll up their sleeves, get dirty and help to spruce up Valley Forge National Historical Park (NHP) on Saturday, September 28, 2013 in celebration of National Public Lands Day.

June 07, 2013
Bridging the Schuylkill at Valley Forge
Plans are just about complete for a major new trail bridge across the Schuylkill River within Valley Forge National Historical Park. The new trail bridge is in need of a name, and the public is invited to come up with some great new ideas.

June 07, 2013
“Fall In” and March Out
On Saturday, June 15, from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. re-create history and participate in a commemorative march along the historic trace road that General Washington’s Continental Army used to march out of Valley Forge 235 years ago.

June 05, 2013
Make History Name That Bridge Contest Announced
Plans are just about complete for a major new trail bridge across the Schuylkill River within Valley Forge National Historical Park. The new trail bridge is in need of a name, and the public is invited to come up with some great new ideas.

May 15, 2013
Forest Beginning to Recover at Valley Forge NHP
The forest at Valley Forge National Historical Park is beginning to recover from decades of over-browsing by white-tailed deer.

May 03, 2013
Celebrate National Trails Day, Saturday, June 1, 2013 at Valley Forge National Historical Park
Valley Forge NHP will host a Trails Fair in celebration of American Hiking Society’s 21st annual National Trails Day® at the Betzwood Picnic Area from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

 

Did You Know?

soldiers marching

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.