The city of Philadelphia is steeped in history, from the colonial period and beyond. But one of Philly’s most iconic claims to fame is as the birthplace of America’s first flag.
Though the story has been mystified through the ages, Philadelphia remains proud of its heritage as the home of America’s first flag creator Betsy Ross, whose home still stands in the city’s Old City section near Independence Hall.
This pride grows particularly strong for Flag Day, celebrated each year on June 14 with Philadelphia’s Stripes and Stars Festival at Independence National Historic Park. In honor of the day, crowds gather around Independence Hall for hours of celebrating both the American Flag and the birthday of the US Army.
The day kicks off with a 13-star flag raising at none other than the Betsy Ross House, with a speech from the mayor. Participants then head over to the National Constitution Center lawn for a raising of our current American Flag, followed by a parade to Independence Hall.
Not to be missed, visitors can turn their eyes to the sky for a special aerial performance from the Fastrax Professional Skydiving Team, which is trailed by a truly exceptional naturalization ceremony in which 13 new American citizens will take their oath and first Pledge of Allegiance.
The entirety of Independence National Historic Park is a haven for American history buffs interested in getting up close and personal with some of the country’s most iconic symbols—including the Liberty Bell. It’s a special place to be any time of year, but is a destination not to be missed for patriotic revelers come June 14.