As many history buffs know, this year marks the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War. Pack up the kids and head into the city to experience Wawa Welcome America from July 1st through the 4th to celebrate not only our country’s independence but also to learn how a country divided came to be THESE United States of America.
The highlight of a summer-long themed programming, sponsored by PA Civil War 150, is the Civil War Weekend. This four-day stop at Franklin Square by the traveling free Civil War Road Show is the only Philadelphia stop, and will include some great (and FREE) family friendly activities on July 1 – 4 from 12 noon – 5 pm each day. The entertainment includes appearances by History Makers portraying Abraham Lincoln and Octavius Catto, Civil War Muster (where children are encouraged to join a playful army enlistment), storytelling by a Once Upon A Nation storyteller with stories from the Civil War and Underground Railroad, and Civil War re-enactors creating a replica encampment on the grounds of Franklin Square.
In addition, visitors will have the opportunity to meet the authors of the Octavius Catto biography, Tasting Freedom, at a special book-signing event at 11 am Saturday, July 2 at the Historic Philadelphia Center.
This weekend includes the following family-friendly activities from 7/1 through 7/4:
- Betsy Ross House: 10 am – 7 pm, July 1-3; 10 am – 5 pm, July 4
- Franklin Square: 10 am – 10 pm, July 1 & 2; 10 am – 9 pm, July 3 & 4
- Civil War Road Show: 11 am – 7 pm, July 1 – 4
- Additional free Civil War entertainment in Franklin Square: 12 – 5 pm, July 1 – 4
- Once Upon A Nation Storytelling Benches: 11 am – 4 pm, July 1 – 4
- Meet a History Maker: 11 am – 4 pm, July 1 – 4
- We The People: 12 noon, July 1 – 4
- Liberty 360: runs every 20 minutes 9 am – 9 pm, July 1 & 2; 10 am – 7 pm, July 3; and 9 am – 7 pm, July 4
*Disclosure: This is a sponsored post by Wawa Welcome America. Credit: Photo by G. Widman for GPTMC