December 27, 2018

Franklin Square Kwanzaa & Holidays Celebrations #openinPHL

Celebrate the holidays through December 31 at the Franklin Square Holiday Festival presented by CHASE featuring the Electrical Spectacle Holiday Light Show presented by PECO. The Betsy Ross House and Franklin Square remain OPEN to the public as scheduled and are not affected by the federal government shutdown.

The Betsy Ross House is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Meet Betsy Ross as she works in her upholstery shop and ask her all about her exciting life and fascinating times. A special Kwanzaa celebration is planned 3-4 p.m on Friday, December 28 in the courtyard.

The House is also open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, December 31 for the popular, annual celebration of Betsy’s January 1, 1752 birth. Betsy’s Birthday Bash will feature Colonial chocolate making, visits with the birthday lady, herself, and, of course, cake from City Tavern.

During the Franklin Square Holiday Festival presented by CHASE, families can enjoy two alternating, free light shows set to holiday classics by the Philly POPS® presented every 30 minutes beginning at 4:30 p.m. daily. The final show is at 8 p.m. Sundays – Thursdays; 9 p.m. Fridays & Saturdays (8 p.m. on Christmas Eve).

Warm up with comfort foods and hot drinks at SquareBurger and Ben’s Sweets & Treats and enjoy an adult beverage at the Winter Beer Garden. Plan to celebrate New Year’s Eve at the Square with the always fun 6 p.m. Square Drop and family dance party with the view of the Delaware River fireworks.

Franklin Square and the Betsy Ross House are operated by the non-profit Historic Philadelphia, Inc. HPI makes our nation’s history relevant and real through interpretation, interaction and education, strengthening Greater Philadelphia’s role as the destination to experience American history.

Admission to the Betsy Ross House is just $5 for adults; $4 for seniors/students/active military. Upgrade to an audio tour for just $2 more.

For more information about the Betsy Ross House or the holiday events, call (215) 629-4026 or visit

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