Memorial Day Weekend
Carillon Concert at the
Washington Memorial Chapel
Monday, May 30 • 2–3 pm
Bring blankets or chairs • Free Event
Enjoy the Army Brass Band and outdoor carillon concert including John Courter’s “In Memoriam,” written for the victims of the 9/11 attacks. Special speakers include Gold Star Mother Mary MacFarland who honors the sacrifices of her son Sgt. Marc J. Small deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in January 2009.
12:00 pm • Memorial service inside the Washington Memorial Chapel. Space is limited.
12:30 pm • Wreath Laying at the “Sacrifice and Devotion” statue located in the cloister. Music by the Army Field Band Woodwind Quintet.
1:00 pm • Sounding of “Taps” and conclusion of the service.
In Remembrance Cell Phone Audio Tour
Beginning Memorial Day weekend, Valley Forge National Park’s popular cell phone tour will feature a new series of stories surrounding the concept of freedom and the sacrifices paid by those who protect it. To listen to the five-part commemorative audio tour, dial 484-396-1018 and select prompts 101–105.
Fashion of the Past meets the Present
|Friday, June 10 10 am – 2 pm||The Court at King of Prussia|
Refresh your summer wardrobe with modern classic styles, reflect on the differences of women’s dress in the 18th century and raise funds with 10% of pre-tax sales donated to the Friends.
For more information or to RSVP (requested for refreshments) email email@example.com or call 610-783-1777.
|Friday, June 17 6:30 – 8:30 pm Pavilion & Mini Parade||RSVP Required by 6/12/16|
Join us as we honor the past, celebrate the present, and prepare for the future! This sunset celebration is an evening of fellowship, learning, and fun, including:
An evening with George Washington, as interpreted by Dean Malissa, well-known for his portrayal of the General in film, TV, and on stage.
Presentation of the 2016 General Steuben Award to PECO.
Updates on Friends and Park happenings including the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service in 2016.
Arrival of the Descendants of Washington’s Army at Valley Forge from around the country commemmorating the March-Out of Valley Forge on June 19, 1778.
Evening includes a light meal courtesy of the Black Powder Tavern, plus wine bar or choice of beverage.
Washington Guard and higher levels:Free
General Member (Individual and Family)*$20 per person
Non-Members$35 per person
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Continental Army’s March-Out of Valley Forge
|Saturday, June 18 11 am Meet at Artillery Park||Sturdy footwear recommended|
Walk in the footsteps of the Continental Army along the historic trace road used by the army as they departed Valley Forge in June of 1778 in pursuit of the British Army. Having endured six months of challenging hardships, the army was larger and more unified than ever before. This experiential program begins at 11 AM at Artillery Park where participants will fall in to a marching formation and walk about a half mile to the Varnum’s Picnic Area.
Along the way interpreters in continental uniform will explain the events at Valley Forge that allowed the army to turn things around and successfully engage the British. A special soldier life program and musket demonstration concludes the program near Varnum's picnic area. Visitors who choose to pack a lunch have to enjoy after the program. Sturdy footwear should be worn, as the historic road is unpaved and uneven in spots.
July 4th Picnic in the Park
|Monday, July 4 11 am – 3 pm||Outdoor Pavilion & Mini Parade & Park-wide Activities|
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 to assist. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org.