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July 4th Community Picnic in the Park

  • Valley Forge National Park 1400 North Outer Line Drive King of Prussia, PA, 19406 United States (map)

Celebrate our nation's independence with artillery demonstrations, historical games, an All-American cook-out, music, and more at Valley Forge National Park! Meet one of the founding fathers and sign the Declaration of Independence. Learn about the meaning of the American Flag and the pivotal role the Valley Forge encampment played in securing our freedom from Great Britain.


Games, Crafts and Activities

Visitor Center Lawn | 11:00 - 3:00

SO much to do!  Dress-up like a colonial, make your own tricorn hat, win a prize at the Healthy Park's Duck Pond, make your own finger print flag, crack the Liberty Bell, dunk the tax collector, sign your name to the Declaration of Independence, and so much more!  All activities are free!


Black Powder Demonstration

Muhlenberg Brigade Huts | 11:30, 1:30 and 3:30

After you've visited with the "soldiers" at the Muhlenberg Huts, witness black powder demonstrations! 


Readings of the Declaration of Independence

Visitor Center Lawn | 11:30, 12:30 and 1:30

Join Benjamin Franklin as he recites the Declaration of Independence and sign your "John Hancock" to the bottom of our copy.


Join the Continental Army

Mini Parade  | 11:45, 12:45 and 1:45

Kids can "enlist" in the Continental Army and learn to march and drill like a Continental Soldier.


Ranger-led Walks

10:50, 12:50 and 2:50

Join a Valley Forge National Park Service Ranger for a short walk up to the Muhlenberg Brigade Huts. Witness soldier life demonstrations and have the opportunity to ask the "soldiers" about life at Valley Forge during the 1777-1778 winter encampment.


Trolley Tours

Visitor Center | 10:00, 12:00, 2:00 and 4:00

90-minute guided tour makes extended stops at the Muhlenberg Brigade huts and Washington's Headquarters. Buy your tickets inside the Visitor Center.


Storytelling Benches

Ongoing stories from 11:00 - 4:00

Listen as Once Upon A Nation storytellers share riveting stories of the Valley Forge encampment and how it became a turning point in the Revolutionary War. Benches are located on the Train Station platform at Washington's Headquarters and in front of the Visitor Center.


Live Music

Education Pavilion | 12:00 and 1:00

Give them a listen! Mason Porter's music brings with them a positive energy that connects them with their audience every time. They play a style of American music that’s unique in many ways traveling in the borderlands of folk-rock, bluegrass, jam and pop.


Centennial Wagon Train

Meeting Room | 11:00 - 3:00

Celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the Centennial Wagon Train!  Meet some of the thousands of people who traveled to Valley Forge in 1976 from across the country in Conestoga wagons, on horseback and on foot. Hear their stories and relive their memories of this historic event.



Step-up to the Barbecue Tent and purchase delicious grilled hot-dogs, hamburgers, ice cold beverages and more!


Location: Visitor Center | Map 

Time: 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM 

Fee Information: Free activities/Food for purchase 

Contact Name: Dave Rosehill 

Contact Email: e-mail us 

Contact Phone Number: 610-783-1013 

Tags: NPS Centennial