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Look Out Philly, Here I come!

If I asked you to name your favorite National Holidays to celebrate, what would be the top 5? Sure there’s New Year’s Eve, Christmas, the 4th of July, Labor Day, Memorial Day. What about Flag Day? What if I told you there’s a Flag Day celebration that parties like it’s 1899?

The historic Betsy Ross House in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania does just that. And since they held their first Flag Day celebration on June 14th, 1891 I’d say they have some good experience with it!

Of course, Flag Day as we know it today has gone through several steps of Federal recognition. It all started back in 1877 when the Sons of the American Revolution, with help from other community groups, successfully lobbied Congress to have all public buildings fly the American Flag on  June 14th to help celebrate its birthday – the Flag Resolution. 25 years later, in 1916, President Wilson proclaimed the Flag Resolution would be officially recognized as Flag Day. But it wasn’t until 1949 that Flag Day would become a National Holiday. Thanks, President Truman!

For the past 4 years the Betsy Ross House has been celebrating Flag Day with what they call Flag Fest, a celebration that harkens back to years gone by. Big wheel bicycles, Model-T cars, a man on stilts with a monkey (yes, a real monkey) on his shoulder, and even a gaming area for kids where everything only costs a nickel are some of the attractions from previous Flag Fest celebrations. How do I know? Because among all of the festivities are also approximately 40 vendors, and I have been fortunate enough to be among them.

Greco Woodcrafting at Flag Fest 2009

Greco Woodcrafting at Flag Fest 2009

I’m very excited to say that Greco Woodcrafting has been accepted back as a vendor for Flag Fest 2011! It will take place Saturday, June 11th from 10am to 5pm right outside of the Betsy Ross House. So if you’re going to be near Philadelphia that day, stop by! I’d love to say Hi 🙂


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