JULY 4th CIVIL WAR WEEKEND at Franklin Square

Traveling Civil War Road Show is the Centerpiece of Holiday Weekend

While Historic Philadelphia is known as the birthplace of American
Independence, July 4th celebrations can include other periods of the nation’s past as well. As part of the summer-long commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War, Historic Philadelphia, Inc. will produce a “Civil War Weekend” July 1-4, 2011, featuring a variety of in- depth, interactive, and family-friendly experiences to delight and engage everyone from the serious Civil War buff to the youngest visitor, much of it free to the public. The highlight of the weekend will be a four-day stop at Franklin Square by the state’s traveling Civil War Road Show, in the only opportunity to see the Road Show in Philadelphia. In addition to the many offerings from the Colonial era ofThere are also events all summer long regarding the Civil War story:

  • Rally ‘Round the Flag, a Civil War exhibit – All summer, 10am-5pm at the Betsy Ross House, 3rd & Arch Streets
  • Liberty 360, a 3-D show starring Ben Franklin – All summer, 10am-7pm (until 9pm on Fridays and Saturdays) at the Historic Philadelphia Center, 6th & Chestnut Streets
  • Once Upon A Nation Storytelling Benches – All summer, 11am-4pm throughout Historic Philadelphia
  • Once Upon A Nation History Makers – Meet lesser-known Civil War heroes like Octavius Catto, a civil rights pioneer, 11am-4pm throughout Historic Philadelphia. See the Gazette for details.

Also remember to pick up a Square Burger and Cake Shake from the Starr eatery in the park, of course that’s after you play a round of miniature golf and go for a spin on the carousel. It’s a great place to bring kids.
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