Stripes and Stars Festival 2019 - National Constitution Center

Friday, June 14, 2019 - 9:30am

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.


Flag Day Celebration
9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., National Constitution Center
Soldiers Talks at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
Admission: Programs included with general admission
Visitors can enjoy arts and craft activities, lawn games, educational programs on the history of the flag, and much more. Visitors will also be able to participate in special Soldier Talks, in partnership with the “Meet Your Army” Campaign. Reservations are recommended for Soldier Talks, call group sales at 215-409-6800.


Stripes and Stars Community Fair
10 a.m. – 3 p.m., National Constitution Center Front Lawn
Admission: FREE
Throughout the day, families can stop by the Stripes and Stars Community Fair on the National Constitution Center’s front lawn, where veterans organizations and museums will host special activities as well as displays featuring military vehicles and equipment.


50-Star Flag Raising and Grand Parade
10:30 a.m., National Constitution Center Front Lawn, 525 Arch Street
Following a moving 50-star flag raising ceremony, troops—past and present—will join a patriotic parade to Independence Hall. This year, during the parade, the Stripes and Stars Festival will pay tribute to late co-founder, James “Jim” Donahue, who passed away unexpectedly this past year. Jim worked for the Department of the Army and served as president of the William Penn Chapter of the AUSA. He was a dedicated and enthusiastic member of the Stripes and Stars planning committee, and will be greatly missed. In honor of his years of service, Jim has been posthumously named this year’s Honorary Parade Marshal.


Performance by the United States Army Old Guard Fife and Drum
1:30 p.m., National Constitution Center Front Lawn
2:30 p.m., Independence Visitors Center
Visitors can experience history come alive with this performance by the United States Army Old Guard Fife and Drum. The musicians of this unit recall the days of the American Revolution as they perform in uniforms patterned after those worn by the musicians of General George Washington’s Continental Army—a proud tradition that began with the musicians of the Continental Army and continues today.


Giant Flag Folding Challenge
2 p.m., National Constitution Center Front Lawn
The day concludes as festival visitors help fold a giant American flag.