Stripes and Stars Festival 2019 - Independence Hall/Mall

Friday, June 14, 2019 - 11:00am

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.


Stripes and Stars Festival Opening Ceremony
11 a.m., Independence Hall, 520 Chestnut Street
Independence National Historical Park’s Deputy Superintendent Patrick Suddath will provide remarks followed by the raising of the Philadelphia Flag Day Association’s specially-commissioned 13-star flag. After a reading of the Continental Congress resolution establishing the U.S. Army, Major General Mark Palzer, U.S. Army, will deliver a keynote address to mark the Army’s birthday and will administer the enlistment oath to assembled Army recruits. Philadelphia Councilman At-Large David Oh will also present a special citation to veterans of the 75th Ranger Regiment. Observing a long-standing tradition, the youngest and oldest soldiers present will cut the Army birthday cake provided by Mission BBQ. David Spunt, correspondent at Fox News, will emcee the ceremony. Musical accompaniment will be provided by the United States Army Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps.


Team Fastrax Professional Skydiving Team
12 p.m., Independence Mall
Visitors on Independence Mall will have the opportunity to witness a spectacular skydive demonstration by the Team Fastrax Professional Skydiving Team.


Giant Flag Folding Challenge
3 p.m., Independence Hall
The day concludes as festival visitors help fold a giant American flag.