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Join the Museum in historic Philadelphia for Independence Day with special events and activities for all ages to discover the American Revolution and its ongoing relevance over Fourth of July weekend. Explore what freedom means to you and consider how you are carrying forward the Revolution’s promises of liberty and equality. 

Special Exhibit: Liberty: Don Troiani’s Paintings of the Revolutionary War
Onsite (Patriots Gallery) & Online | Daily

The Museum's special exhibition, now open through Sept. 5, 2022, immerses visitors in the dramatic and research-based works of nationally renowned historical artist Don Troiani to bring the compelling stories about the diverse people and complex events of the American Revolution to life. Don’t miss a 10-minute, in-gallery talk at the new “Brave Men as Ever Fought” painting. Liberty is now available as a virtual tour where you can immerse yourself in 360-degree panoramic gallery images, high-resolution photos of the art and artifacts, and a guided audio tour.

Revolution Place
Onsite (lower level) | Daily, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

The Museum’s family-friendly discovery center, Revolution Place, will be open daily to explore the Museum’s lively, diverse Old City neighborhood during the 1700s through hands-on exploration in four key recreated historical environments, including a military encampment, a tavern, a home, and an 18th-century meeting house. Create an “illumination” craft celebrating liberty and equality by tracing and coloring a “transparent scene” to take home and hang in the window, like those created by Philadelphia artist Charles Willson Peale. Guests can also create a personalized tile to add to a special mosaic project.

Walking Tour: Revolutionary City
Museum Neighborhood | Saturday & Sunday, 2 p.m. | Additional Ticket Required

Join an educator to explore our Revolutionary neighborhood and imagine what life was like in the 1700s. This one-hour guided tour covers about a mile and stops outside iconic sites including City Tavern, Independence Hall, and Carpenters Hall to discuss the experiences of everyday people in the Revolutionary era. 

USCIS Naturalization Ceremony
Onsite (Liberty Hall) | July 1, 10 a.m.

Welcome dozens of new American citizens from across the globe during a naturalization ceremony hosted by United States Citizenship and Immigration Services in the Museum's Liberty Hall. 

West Powelton Drummers & Steppers
Onsite (Plaza) | July 1, 10:45-11:30 a.m.
Join us on the Museum Plaza immediately following the USCIS Naturalization Ceremony for a high-energy free performance by the West Powelton Drummers and Steppers to kick off the holiday weekend.

Meet the Revolution with Daryian Kelton
Onsite | July 1 (July 2 appearance cancelled)
The Museum welcomes the return of historical interpreter Daryian Kelton as part of the Meet the Revolution series. As a costumed interpreter, Kelton will present the story of Polydore Redman, a man of African descent who went on to become a drummer in the 5th Pennsylvania (Continental) Battalion. His story begins at the dawn of the American Revolution in 1775 when the war was still new and many Americans were advocating for a broad definition of liberty. Learn more about Redman's pursuit of liberty and how it differed from those he served alongside as the war proceeded. 

10-Minute, In-Gallery Talk: The Promise of Equality
Onsite | Daily
Join a Museum educator in the Declaration of Independence gallery to discuss the promises of the Declaration and how different people, like Elizabeth Freeman and William Findley, seized the opportunity to advocate for equal rights in 1776 and afterwards. Plus, learn more about the connections between these Revolutionary-era events and figures to later movements advocating for equal rights in America.

Stories on Deck: Unpack a Sea Chest
Onsite | Daily, 2:30 p.m.

Climb on board the Museum’s replica sloop! Join a Museum educator on our life-size recreation of a privateer ship to explore what life was like for sailors and privateers during the Revolutionary War using replica handling objects from the sea chest.

Discovery Cart: Season of Independence
Onsite | Daily

Join a Museum educator to learn more about the spread of support for American independence through the colonies from January 1776 through the signing of the Declaration of Independence in July 1776. Plus, don’t miss our in-gallery touchscreen and online interactive exploring the spread of support and to encounter the perspectives of real men and women on all sides of the debate.

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True Colours Flags with family of four looking over railing.

A Revolutionary Summer

Throughout A Revolutionary Summer, the Museum's special events and exhibits offer visitors of all ages the opportunity to explore the American Revolution and its ongoing relevance.
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Liberty: Don Troiani’s Paintings of the Revolutionary War

October 16, 2021 - September 5, 2022
Liberty: Don Troiani’s Paintings of the Revolutionary War immersed visitors in the dramatic and research-based works of nationally renowned historical artist Don Troiani to bring the compelling stories about the diverse people and complex events of the American Revolution to life.
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A watercolor depicts Deborah and Harry, with their backs to the viewer, aboard a ship setting sail for Nova Scotia. They look out on men and women in the streets fighting for their freedom, as the Americans won the war. Many people were fighting for a place on the ships that were evacuating Loyalists.

Interactive Features

Dig deeper into compelling stories and complex events of the American Revolution through our interactive online learning experiences, Finding Freedom and Season of Independence.
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