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. The artillery crew will then demonstrate the steps of firing an 18th century cannon 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 Thomas Jefferson as he recites the Declaration of Independence and sign your "John Hancock" to the bottom of our copy.
View the Declaration of Independence
Education Center | 11 AM – 3 PM, Formal programs at 12 PM & 2 PM
View an 1840s anastatic copy of the Declaration of Independence – one of only two copies known to exist. This rare document will be on display courtesy of Tom Lingenfelter who will be on site to answer questions.
Join the Continental Army
Visitor Center Lawn | 11:45, 12:45, & 1:45
Kids can "enlist" in the Continental Army and learn to march and drill like a Continental Soldier.
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.
This event is supported by PECO.