Red, white and blue in Philadelphia

Red, white and blue in Philadelphia

Visitors who find themselves in Philadelphia on July 2, two days before America’s Independence Day annual holiday, will find the city awash in the colours of the Stars and Stripes. 

The city’s first-ever Red, White, & Blue To-Do celebration, being organised by the Philadelphia Historic District, will commemorate a day of “pomp and parade,” as declared by John Adams (who was to become the country’s second president) in 1776 encouraging visitors to celebrate independence in the place where it all began. 

In a vibrant display of patriotic celebration, Red, White, & Blue To-Do will bring together museums, historic sites, and local businesses in America’s most historic square mile to honour the nation’s founding. 

The festivities will include a parade; buildings festooned in flags, balloons and bunting; concerts at four locations throughout the Historic District; games; extended visitation hours at area historic attractions; Old City restaurant specials, and more.

Cultural and historical sites participating in Red, White, & Blue To-Do include the National Constitution Center, Museum of the American Revolution, Independence National Historical Park, Betsy Ross House (where the American flag was first stitched) and the African American Museum, 

“Red, White, & Blue To-Do highlights the significance of Philadelphia’s historical landmarks and institutions—it’s a testament to our shared commitment to preserving and promoting our legacy as the birthplace of our nation,” said Vince Stango, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the National Constitution Center.

Amy Needle, President and CEO of Historic Philadelphia, Inc., added: “All of the partners in Philadelphia’s Historic District are coming together to celebrate and welcome everyone for a memorable day and night.

 “The Red, White, & Blue To-Do will debut this summer and continue to get bigger and more joyful each July 2 through 2026 and beyond, creating memories for residents and visitors.”

The official Independence Day – July 2, 1776 – came to be when the Second Continental Congress voted in Independence Hall to approve a resolution declaring: “That these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent States, that they are absolved from all allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain is, and ought to be, totally dissolved.”

The Declaration of Independence was signed by representatives from the Colonies two days later, on July 4, 1776.

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