A dozen happy pursuits

"Betsy Ross" and other historic characters will be greeting visitors.
"Betsy Ross" and other historic characters will be greeting visitors. (ED HILLE / Staff)
Posted: June 29, 2012

With the forthcoming Fourth of July celebration, the nonprofit Historic Philadelphia offered a dozen ways to enjoy the holiday with family and friends - many at low or minimal cost. 1. Stir patriotic feelings and let the kids help Betsy Ross raise the American flag over the Betsy Ross House to start the day.

2. Bring history to life with free stories from Philadelphia's past at the Once Upon a Nation Storytelling Benches in Historic Philadelphia.

3. Take an inspirational 3-D journey through iconic symbols of America such as the Liberty Bell when you watch the Liberty 360 Show in the Peco Theater.

4. Putt through the LOVE Statue and up the "Rocky Steps" at Philly Mini Golf in Franklin Square.

5. Get goose bumps watching the Founding Fathers debate the Declaration of Independence with passion inside Independence Hall after dinner with colonial townspeople on Once Upon a Nation's Independence After Hours Evening Adventure Tour.

6. Surprise yourself seeing how 18th-century townspeople treated illness in the new exhibition "Potions, Powders, & Pills" at the Betsy Ross House.

7. Ride the bald eagle on the Philadelphia Park Liberty Carousel and delight the taste buds with a Cake Shake from SquareBurger in Franklin Square.

8. Sing, toast, and drink on a colonial pub crawl with Once Upon a Nation's Tippler's Tour.

9. Join Gen. Washington's Army and march in the fun and lighthearted free Military Muster for kids.

10. Stand on the spot where thousands gathered on July 8, 1776, to hear a stirring reading of the Declaration of Independence by Once Upon a Nation's History Makers behind Independence Hall.

11. Meet Betsy herself and see the birthplace of the American flag at the Betsy Ross House.

12.Travel back in time at Valley Forge.

For more information on these activities, call 215-629-0426 or go to www.historicphiladelphia.org.

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