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The Friends of Valley Forge

Our mission is to advocate for Valley Forge National Historical Park, to enhance the visitor experience and to promote public appreciation of the Park’s historic, environmental and recreational resources.

July 4th Picnic in the Park

Saturday, July 4 11 am – 3 pm Visitor Center & Park-wide Activities Free Event
July 4th Picnic

Celebrate our nation's independence with artillery demonstrations, historical games, an All-American cook-out, music, and more! 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.

Volunteers are needed. Click here to review and sign-up for volunteer assignments.

July 4th Picnic

Games, Crafts, and Cook-out

Visitor Center Lawn • 11 am – 3 pm

Participate in “revolutionary” games and crafts like the fire cake toss, Patrick Henry’s dunk tank, and make your own tri-corn hat. Grab a burger, hot dog, and other snacks and enjoy a picnic lunch under the shade trees on the Visitor Center lawn.

Musket Demonstrations

Muhlenberg Brigade Huts • 11 am, 1 pm, 3 pm

Park Rangers and volunteers in continental uniform will present a 20-minute program about the Valley Forge encampment featuring the training developed and taught by Von Steuben. Living historians will form a line and...make ready, take aim, fire!

Readings of the Declaration of Independence

Visitor Center Lawn • 11:30 am, 12:30 pm, 1:30 pm

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

“Colonel Washington and Me”

Meeting Room • 11 am – 3 pm

Author Jeff Finegan will be talking about his children’s book, “Colonel Washington and Me” and signing copies.

Join the Continental Army

Visitor Center Lawn • 11:45 am, 12:45 pm, 1:45 pm

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

Find Your Park Photo Booth

Visitor Center Lawn

The National Park Service turns 100 next year, and Valley Forge as a national park turns 40! Find out how you can join in the celebration. There will be all sorts of information and a table full of propos to take your truly revolutionary photo against a variety of backdrops.

Ranger-led Walks

10:20 am, 12:20 pm, 2:20 pm

40-minute interpretive walks depart from the Visitor Center and follows the Joseph Plumb Martin Trail 1/4 mile to the Muhlenberg Brigade Huts.

Trolley Tours

10 am, 12 pm, 2 pm, 4 pm

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

Storytelling Benches

Ongoing stories from 11 am – 4 pm

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.

Bird Walks in Valley Forge

Tuesday, July 14 7:30 am 1.5 mile walk, 2 hrs (approx.)
Bird Walks in VF

Join Mary Ellen and Tom Heisey, avid local birders and members of the Friends for a fascinating and fun bird walk on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays in July and 2nd and 3rd Tuesdays in August and September. Walk is intended for birders of all levels, so feel free to attend, even if you have never been on a bird walk. No worries if you do not have binoculars. Walk, enjoy the outdoors and learn to identify birds by ear.

During this 2 hour walk, you will hear or see about 30 species in 3 habitats of meadow, edge and woods. In July, all of the Neotropical migrants are here for the summer. Some of the most popular sightings include the Baltimore Oriole, Orchard Oriole, Eastern Kingbird, Indigo Bunting and Scarlet Tanager to mention a few.

Walk: Mostly paved trail but includes sections of short gravel and mowed grass. Good walking shoes recommended.

What to Bring: Binoculars and a hat. Bug spray and sun protection optional.

Where to Meet: Artillery Park Parking lot on East Inner Line Drive at 7:30 am. Near-by restrooms and water fountain available (May through September).

June Sightings: Participants spotted 40 species of birds and got some good looks at a variety of butterfly species. A highlight of the June 23 bird walk included viewing Eastern Kingbirds feeding their chicks in a nest.

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