Stripes and Stars Festival 2019 - Betsy Ross House

Friday, June 14, 2019 - 10:00am

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 244th anniversary and the American flag’s 242nd birthday. The festival will take place on Friday, June 14, 2019, 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. 


13-Star Flag Raising
10 a.m., Betsy Ross House, 239 Arch Street
To kick off the day’s events, the 13-star flag raising in the Betsy Ross House courtyard will also include a reading of a mayoral proclamation recognizing the Betsy Ross House as the site of the city of Philadelphia’s official Flag Day celebration.


Naturalization Ceremony
1 p.m., Betsy Ross House
As part of its 77th annual Flag Day festivities, the Philadelphia Flag Day Association (founded 1934) will welcome 13 new citizens who will take the Oath of Allegiance in a ceremony at the Betsy Ross House. All are welcome to join them in their first Pledge of Allegiance as new American citizens. Musical accompaniment will be provided by the United States Army Field Band Brass Quintet


Meet the Flag Ladies of the Defense Logistics Agency!
10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Betsy Ross House
Meet the Flag Ladies Program, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Admission: FREE, courtesy of Dr. Jeffrey Kenneth Kohn
Did you know that presidential flags have been handmade exclusively here in Philadelphia for more than 150 years? On June 14 from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., visitors to the Betsy Ross House will have the unique opportunity to meet the artisans from the Defense Logistics Agency who hand embroider the flags that are displayed behind U.S. presidents and vice presidents, and to see how they do their detailed work.