From star-spangled banners to five-star generals, Philadelphia celebrates the shared birthday of two of our country’s greatest institutions — the American flag and the U.S. Army. This year’s Stripes and Stars Festival commemorates the U.S. Army’s 243rd anniversary and the American flag’s 241st birthday. The festival will take place on Thursday, June 14, 2018, at locations throughout Independence National Historical Park and Historic Philadelphia, including Independence Hall, Betsy Ross House, Christ Church Burial Ground, and the National Constitution Center. Events include an official Change of Command ceremony, flag raising ceremonies, a patriotic parade, a swearing-in of army recruits, a dramatic skydiving performance, displays and demonstrations of U.S. Army equipment, giant flag folding activities, and a moving naturalization ceremony.
Most Stripes and Stars Festival events are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted below.