Independence Day Celebration
The Museum will celebrate with music, family-friendly activities, and costumed historical interpreters, including Thomas Jefferson, the original author of the Declaration, who will meet and greet visitors.
Throughout the weekend, visitors and passersby can declare how they are carrying forward the ideals of the American Revolution by adding a personalized ribbon to a flag-shaped “Declarations Wall” on the Museum’s outdoor plaza. Inside, visitors can sign their name to a giant Declaration of Independence in the Museum’s rotunda and take home a complimentary pocket-sized Declaration of Independence.
Throughout the celebration, kids can try on Revolutionary-inspired clothing, design a flag, decode secret messages and practice drilling like a Revolutionary soldier in the Museum’s Patriots Gallery from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. In the Museum’s new discovery center, Revolution Place, the whole family can explore 18th-century Philadelphia through immersive environments, interactive touchscreens, reproduction objects, and special programs.
On Monday, July 2 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., a costumed historical interpreter portraying Thomas Jefferson, the original author of the Declaration, will meet-and-greet visitors and pose for photos. At 1 p.m., visitors can enjoy a free slice of cake in honor of the nation's real birthday, the date that Continental Congress declared independence from Great Britain. At 2 p.m., Dr. Philip Mead, the Museum's Chief Historian and Director of Curatorial Affairs, will present a discussion on the influence of the Declaration of Independence around the world, from the Seneca Falls Women’s Rights Convention of 1848, to the abolitionism of David Walker and Frederick Douglass, and international movements in Haiti, South America, Mahatma Gandhi’s India, and Ho Chi Minh’s Democratic Republic of Vietnam. Throughout the Museum, visitors will discover the sometimes surprising links between the Declaration of Independence and freedom movements around the world.
On Tuesday, July 3 from 1 – 4 p.m. the Fifes & Drums of the Old Barracks will perform patriotic tunes on the Museum's outdoor plaza, free and open to the public. From 4 p.m. – 6 p.m., the Museum’s Cross Keys Café will host an Independence Ice Cream Social, featuring boozy ice cream floats, sundaes, and other treats.
The American Declaration of Independence holds that all people have fundamental rights and that government exists for the good of the people. This Fourth of July, we’ll be exploring the Declaration’s very words and global legacy, inviting visitors to tell us how they understand the Declaration’s meaning for today. Join in the conversation, and tell us what matters to you on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. How will you protect your rights? How will you advance the common good? How will you #BeTheRevolution?