Benjamin Franklin’s Birthday Weekend is January 16-19, 2015. Philadelphia doesn’t want him to be lonely so they’ve drawn up a list of events that will help him enjoy his birthday.
Storytelling and Dr. Franklin at the Historic Philadelphia Center: Historic Philadelphia, Inc. celebrates Benjamin Franklin’s birthday with Ben in 3D at the Liberty 360 3D Show in the PECO Theater, appearances by the man himself,storytelling, and special activities for the whole family in celebration ofDr. Franklin’s birthday. Free birthday cake on Saturday at 1 pm. January 17 – 18, 11 am – 3 pm Historic Philadelphia Center, 6th & Chestnut Streets
Special Benjamin Franklin Tippler’s Tour: Celebrate Benjamin Franklin’s birthday with a toast from the Doctor himself (kinda) For these special tours, Dr. Franklin joins part of the tour and guests will hear stories and talk with the Founding Father. The Tippler’s Tour is Historic Philadelphia, Inc.’s tavern tour of Colonial and modern day watering holes, where visitors join a Colonial host sharing authentic stories and drinking traditions with fun and lighthearted songs and toasts of the era. With drinks and snacks at each of four stops – Omni Hotel, Victoria Free House, Lucha Cartel or National Mechanics, and City Tavern (serving Franklin Spruce Ale) – the tour guide entertains guests with songs and stories of the drinking traditions from
Colonial times, and shares some of Benjamin Franklin’s most fun phrases for someone who is drunk, including “nimptopsical” and “tipsicum grave.” Hear tales about how taverns were used as recruiting stations (getting people inebriated sometimes helped convince them) and how news of the day was discussed in the taverns. January 16, 17, 23, and 24, 5:30 pm
Departs from the Historic Philadelphia Center, 6th & Chestnut Streets $45 adults, $40 senior/military/student (tastings & gratuity included. 21 and over with valid I.D). Duration: 2 hours
Liberty 360 3D Show: This show in the PECO Theater takes visitors on a patriotic adventure led by Benjamin Franklin in 3D. From the bald eagle to the Statue of Liberty, discover the stories behind some of America’s most beloved symbols of freedom. The 15-minute film surrounds the audience in the customized wraparound PECO Theater. $6 adults, $5 senior/military/student and children 12 & under, $20 family four-pack January 2 – March 31, 10 am – 6 pm, Mon – Sat; 11 am – 5 pm, Sun Historic Philadelphia Center, 6th & Chestnut Streets
Free Admission to the Benjamin Franklin Museum To commemorate Ben Franklin’s birthday, visitors can enjoy free admission all weekend to the Benjamin Franklin Museum which feature interactive
displays, rare artifacts and interpretative staff to help you understand more about Philadelphia’s favorite Founding Father. January 17 – 19, 9 am – 5 pm Benjamin Franklin Museum
Meet Ben Franklin at the Visitor Center Don’t miss your opportunity for a meet and greet with Philadelphia’s favorite Founding Father. Be sure to bring a camera! January 17, 11 am – 1 pm Independence Visitor Center
National Constitution Center Join in the fun and find out more about Franklin at the National Constitution Center. Activities include the tour of Signers’ Hall and make-and-take activities to build your own Ben Franklin outfit. Once you are dressed like Ben, take a selfie with the National Constitution Center’s Ben Franklin Statue January 17 & 18.