FREE Admission to the National Constitution Center for Independence Week

Posted on: June 8th, 2017 by

 

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Published in 2014, but updated annually.

Spend Independence Week learning about our country’s history with FREE Admission to the National Constitution Center on June 29, 2017 and July 2, 2017

 

For the fourth consecutive year, the Constitution Center will participate in Wawa Hoagie Day on June 29, 2017. Admission to the National Constitution Center that day is FREE, courtesy of Wawa. Celebrate the 25th annual Wawa Hoagie Day! Attendees will enjoy a 6-ton hoagie salute, free Wawa hoagies, a performance by the USO Show Troupe and a hoagie building competition between police and firefighters of enormous proportions!

 

This year’s Wawa Hoagie Day honors some of our nation’s most inspiring history makers. The event will include the USO, Members of the Philadelphia Police and Fire Department and will be hosted by WMMR’s Preston Elliott & Casey. In addition to honoring some inspiring individuals who have made a difference in the lives of our military members, this year’s Hoagie Day will recognize Wawa’s partnership with the USO. And as always, Hoagie Day will celebrate the love, precision, and passion that Wawa associates put into building and serving every Wawa Hoagie. During Hoagie Day, Wawa associates will build and serve an enormous hoagie with total ingredients weighing more than six tons!

 

National Constitution Center Main exhibit

 

FREE Admission to the National Constitution Center includes these Free Activities for Independence Week

  • Family Fun Activities, Daily, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
    Families can enjoy make-and-take projects, colonial candle making demonstrations, Eighteenth Century games, Thank-A-Vet postcards, and more!
  • Flag Etiquette Workshop Daily, 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m.
    Grand Overlook Stage
    Join the National Constitution Center staff each morning for a spirited Flag Raising Ceremony, and then again in the evenings as we reverently lower it. In special workshops, visitors will discover the history and symbolism of the American flag and learn all about the proper way to treat it.
  • 2017 Founding Freedoms Play, Tuesdays through Saturdays, 10:30, 11:30, 1:30 and 2:30 p.m.
    Bank of America Theatre
    A production of the winning entry in the 2017 Founding Freedoms Playwriting Contest, generously sponsored by the John Templeton Foundation.
  • Independence Day Show, Daily, 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., 3 p.m.
    Grand Hall Overlook Stage
    From parades to protests, cannons to flag waving, explosive words to fiery demonstrations, this show takes an in-depth look at this exciting celebration of freedom from the early days of American independence to the present day.
  • The Star-Spangled Banner: A History of Our National Anthem Show, Daily, 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m.
    Grand Hall Overlook Stage
    Learn the story of Francis Scott Key, the Battle of Fort McHenry, and the flag that inspired our national anthem.
  • Giant Flag Folding, Daily, 12:45 p.m.
    Families can participate as members of the museum’s staff fold our 20X30 foot American flag!

FREE Admission to the National Constitution Center includes these National Constitution Special Events for Independence Week

  • World Premier of the 2017 Founding Freedoms Play, Thursday, June 29, 2017, 10:30 a.m.
    Bank of America Theatre
    A production of the winning entry in the 2017 Founding Freedoms Playwriting Contest, generously sponsored by the John Templeton Foundation.
  • Finding the Founders Scholarly Talks and Walking Tours, Sunday, July 2, 2017
    FREE Admission Courtesy of the John Templeton Foundation
    Visit the National Constitution Center and neighboring sites throughout Historic Philadelphia to join fascinating conversations with scholars, who will share their insights on equality and freedom through the lens of the American Revolution. The program will provide an expanded understanding of Independence Day—one that sees the holiday as both a celebration and an acknowledgment of America’s ongoing struggle to achieve the ideals expressed in the nation’s founding documents.
  • The 1776 Experience—Revolutionary War Encampment, July 2-4, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
    Front Lawn
    Join Revolutionary War re-enactors as you step into a re-created military encampment right on the National Constitution Center’s front lawn. Stop by the medical tent to visit the surgeon, watch the blacksmith forge steel, and see Continental Army soldiers march and drill on the grounds. You can even practice being a soldier with a wooden musket and find out if a soldiers’ life is for you! The National Constitution Center is pleased to once again partner with the 6th Pennsylvania Regiment to present our 7th Annual Revolutionary War Encampment.

 

Candle making at the National Constitution Center

 

 

The National Constitution Center is located at the Independence Mall at 525 Arch Street in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Hours for Independence Week are:

Thursday, June 29: Open Late—9:30 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Friday, June 30: Open Late—9:30 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Saturday, July 1: Open Late—9:30 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Sunday, July 2: Open Early—9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Monday, July 3: Standard Hours—9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Tuesday, July 4: Standard Hours—9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

 

Read more about National Constitution Center by checking out our National Constitution Center series. 

Check out our other reviews of family attractions in our Field Trip Friday series.

 

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