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Historic Philadelphia site offering star-spangled fun at Betsy Ross House

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STORY WRITTEN BY BRIAN BINGAMAN
bbingaman@21st-centurymedia.com
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Never mind a singular Flag Day. The seamstress shop where, legend has it, the first stars-and-stripes flag was made is ground zero for National Flag Week.
What are they going to do for a whole week dedicated to the flag?
Flag Festival is the 21st century incarnation of the first Flag Day celebrations held at the Betsy Ross House in the 1890s.
The biggest days for the site’s ninth annual Flag Festival are “Stars & Stripes Saturday” 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 11, and Flag Day, June 14, which is also the birthday of the U.S. Army. Here’s a day-by-day breakdown:

What 1911's Flag Day celebration looked like at the Betsy Ross House historical site in Philadelphia.

What 1911’s Flag Day celebration looked like at the Betsy Ross House historical site in Philadelphia.

Saturday, June 11
10:15 a.m.: Flag raising with Betsy Ross.
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Carnival games and Stars and Stripes Selfies (share with #BRHFlagFest2016).
11 a.m.: Professor Horn’s Punch and Judy Show.
Noon: Give & Take Jugglers.
1 p.m.: Professor Horn’s Punch and Judy Show.
2 p.m.: Peter Pitchford’s Magic Show.
3 p.m.: Professor Horn’s Punch and Judy Show.
4 p.m.: Funicular Aerial Circus.
Sunday, June 12
10 a.m.: Flag raising with Betsy Ross.
11 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Stars and Stripes Selfies.
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Soldier’s Life Program.
Monday, June 13
10 a.m.: Flag raising with Betsy Ross.
11 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Stars and Stripes Selfies.
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Betsy Ross’ Flag History Program.
Tuesday, June 14
Performances by the Army Field Band Brass Quintet throughout the day.
10 a.m.: Flag raising with Betsy Ross.
11 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Stars and Stripes Selfies.
1 p.m.: Naturalization Ceremony, sponsored by the Philadelphia Flag Day Association.
Wednesday, June 15
10 a.m.: Flag raising with Betsy Ross.
11 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Stars and Stripes Selfies.
11 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Patriotic crafts for kids.
Thursday, June 16
10 a.m.: Flag raising with Betsy Ross.
11 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Stars and Stripes Selfies.
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Meet Ben Franklin.
Friday, June 17
10 a.m.: Flag raising with Betsy Ross.
11 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Stars and Stripes Selfies.
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Meet Gen. George Washington.
Saturday, June 18
10 a.m.: Flag raising with Betsy Ross.
11 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Stars and Stripes Selfies.
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Meet Betsy Ross House museum founder Charles Weisgerber.
What’s the Funicular Aerial Circus?
An acrobat show, flying through the air above the house’s courtyard.
What’s the cost?
Admission for Stars & Stripes Saturday is $5 per person, and includes tours of the house. Regular admission is $5, $4 for children, students, seniors and active military. An optional audio guide is $7 and $6, which includes admission.
So Betsy Ross’ house is open year-round?
General hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. There’s a special installation, “Women at Work in Revolutionary America,” in the house’s basement. The Betsy Ross House is managed by Historic Philadelphia Inc. For more details, visit www.historicphiladelphia.org or call (215) 629-4026.

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