Memorial Day 2011 Philadelphia Events Honor America's Veterans

Memorial Day 2011 Philadelphia Events include a wide variety of special programming at the city and regions best – known historic sites and cultural attractions. Some are only Memorial Day itself May 30th; others are for the entire weekend. Here are some ideas for you and your family to honor the many veterans of America's wars over the centuries for their sacrifices for liberty and freedom…

Saturday, May 28 – the Betsy Ross House Hosts Memorial Day Celebration From 11 AM to 2 PM

The Betsy Ross House, located on Arch Street between 2nd and 3rd Streets, will have arts and crafts activities for children. In addition, of course, you'll have the scratch and opportunity to visit the home of the patriotic Quaker woman, who lost two husbands in the Patriot cause, and who may have created the first American flag. You can call 215.686.1252 for more information.

Saturday, May 28 through Memorial Day, May 30 – The National Constitution Center offers A Memorial Day Weekend Celebration, 10 AM to 3 PM

The National Constitution Center has special programming, during all three days of Memorial Day Weekend 2011, "Memorials: How a Nation Remembers". Learn about Pennsylvania's Liberty Tree (a live tree), as the NCC celebrates its "birthday" and its unique story. There'll also be flag raising and flag protocol at the beginning of each day.

Most significantly, you'll still have the chance to visit the outstanding temporary exhibit, Spies, Traitors and Saboteurs: Fear and Freedom in America. Originally slated to close on Memorial Day itself, it has now been extended through August 21.

And it won't all be serious. With American Idol having just concluded, you'll have the chance to try a unique version of American Idol, where you can sing your favorite patriotic songs during "Patriotic Karaoke". (As Steven Tyler would say, "it'll be beautiful."). For more information, you can call 215.409.6700.

Franklin Square Hosts Memorial Day Fun from noon to 3 PM

Franklin Square in Old City is reopened, with its many activities for children. On May 28 and 29, there'll be face painting. The Great Lawn will have fun and games all Memorial Day itself May 30. Some are free, some are not. You can call 215.629.4026 for more information.

May 30 Noon to 12:30 PM – Christ Church Burial Ground – Memorial Day Tribute

Christ Church Burial Ground – located at 5th and Arch Streets – is the final resting place of many who served in the American Revolution, most famously, Benjamin Franklin and his wife, Deborah. There'll be a wreath laying ceremony and the dead will be honored with the 13 star, Betsy Ross flags on their graves. This event is free and you can call 215.922.1695 for more information.

Please bear in mind that the Burial Ground is actually a couple blocks away from Christ Church itself, but it is a worthwhile attraction in its own right.

Sunday, May 29, Noon - Laurel Hill Cemetery Offers Memorial Day Wreath Laying Ceremony and Reception, at the Location of Philadelphia's First Memorial Day Observance in 1868

Laurel Hill Cemetery, located just off Kelly Drive, is the final resting place of General George Meade, the Union commander at the Battle of Gettysburg. There will be an honor guard ceremony, parade, and refreshments, and this event is free. You can call 215.228.8200 for more information.

Monday, May 30 - Memorial Day Commemoration From 9 Am to 3 PM At Valley Forge National Historical Park

Out at Valley Forge, the site of the encampment of General George Washington's Continental Army during the Revolutionary War, the National Park Service will be having various patriotic ceremonies. You can call 610.783.1099 for more information.

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