Celebrate our nation's independence with artillery demonstrations, historical games, an All-American cook-out, music, and more! Meet one of the founding fathers and sign the Declaration of Independence. Learn about the meaning of the American Flag and the pivotal role the Valley Forge encampment played in securing our freedom from Great Britain.
Games, Crafts, and Cook-out
Visitor Center Lawn | 11 AM – 3 PM
Participate in "revolutionary" games and crafts like the fire cake toss, Patrick Henry's dunk tank, and mark your own tricorn hat. Grab a burger, hot dog, and other snacks and enjoy a picnic lunch under the shade trees on the Visitor Center lawn.
Muhlenberg Brigade Huts | 11 AM, 1 PM, & 3 PM
Park Rangers and volunteers in continental uniform will present a 20-minute program about the Valley Forge encampment featuring the training developed and taught by Von Steuben. Living historians will form a line and....make ready, take aim, fire!
Readings of the Declaration of Independence
Visitor Center Lawn | 11:30 AM, 12:30 PM, & 1:30 PM
Join Benjamin Franklin as he recites the Declaration of Independence and sign your "John Hancock" to the bottom of our copy.
"Colonel Washington and Me"
Education Center | 11 AM – 3 PM
Author Jeff Finegan will be talking about his children's book, "Colonel Washington and Me," and signing copies of his book.
Join the Continental Army
Mini Parade | 11:45, 12:45, & 1:45
Kids can "enlist" in the Continental Army and learn to march and drill like a Continental Soldier.
The Find Your Park Photo Booth
The National Park Service turn's 100 next year, and Valley Forge as a national park turns 40! Find out how you can join in the celebration. There will be all sorts of information, and a table full of props to take your truly revolutionary photo against a variety of back drops!
10:20 AM, 12:20 PM, & 2:20 PM
40-minute interpretive walks depart from the Visitor Center and follows the Joseph Plumb Martin Trail 1/4 mile to the Muhlenberg Brigade Huts.
10 AM, 12 PM, 2 PM, & 4 PM
90-minute guided tour makes extended stops at the Muhlenberg Brigade huts and Washington's Headquarters. Get your tickets inside the Visitor Center.
Ongoing stories from 11 am – 4 pm
Listen as Once Upon A Nation storytellers share riveting stories of the Valley Forge encampment and how it became a turning point in the Revolutionary War. Benches are located on the Train Station platform at Washington's Headquarters and in front of the Visitor Center.
Tags: NPS Centennial,independence day