Summer Programming at Valley Forge Park

Summer programming at Valley Forge National Historical Park has ended for 2015. Here are a few of the things you can expect to find next summer:

History marches off the page every summer at Valley Forge National Historical Park. With daily living history demonstrations, storytelling benches, interactive children's programs and guided tours, there is no better time to visit Valley Forge.

Tours and Programs

LIVING HISTORY
Daily

Huts

History marches off the page throughout the summer at Valley Forge Park. Experience the life of a soldier during the encampment with the help of interpreters who are stationed at the Muhlenberg Brigade Huts every day from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.

RANGER-LED WALKING TOURS
Daily

Learn about the soldiers who once walked the grounds of Valley Forge as your follow in their footsteps on a 40-minute ranger-led walking tour. Compared to the struggles during the winter of 1777-8, the quarter-mile walk from the Visitor Center to the Muhlenberg Brigade Huts is a breeze.

WASHINGTON'S LEADERSHIP RANGER TALKS
Daily

Washington's Headquarters

Learn what made George Washington such an incredible leader during Washington's Leadership Ranger Huts. Every day at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m, you can listen to this 15-minute presentation outside of Washington's Headquarters.
 

CHILDREN'S EXPLORATION STATION
Daily

Kids can gain a hands-on education at the Children's Exploration Station. The tabletop station is set up in the Visitors Center daily from 1:30 to 3 p.m.

BIKE TOURS
Saturdays

Valley Forge Bike Tour

A guided bicycle tour is a great way to explore the park while experiencing its natural beauty. The tours follow a five-mile loop that offers a chance to see some of the most important points in the park.

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BIRD WALKS
2nd & 4th Tuesdays

Valley Forge Park is home to a wide variety of wildlife, and you can learn more about its avian inhabitants during the bi-weekly bird walks. Gather at artillery park at 7:30 a.m. and follow along as you spot species throughout the park grounds.

TROLLEY TOURS
Daily

Trolley

A 90-minute trolley tour is the easiest way to explore the park in the short amount of time. Run by the Encampment Store, these guided tours take you from the Visitor Center to all points of the park, with extended stops at the Muhlenberg Brigade Huts and Washington's Headquarters.

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JUNIOR RANGER PROGRAM
Daily

Junior Ranger Walk

The Junior Ranger Program helps make Valley Forge more accessible to children. Kids can complete a series of activities during their visit, share their answers with the park staff and earn their official Junior Ranger badge. Pick up your booklet at the front desk.

Special Events

MARCH OUT OF THE CONTINENTAL ARMY
June 20

Valley Forge March Out

On June 18, 1778, the Continental Army marched out of Valley Forge ready to take the fight to the British Army once again. Each year, Valley Forge Park commemorates the occasion with its March Out of the Continental Army program. Follow in the footsteps of the soldiers as they march from Artillery Park to Varnum's Picnic Area.

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JULY 4TH COMMUNITY PICNIC IN THE PARK
July 4

Valley Forge Park July 4

Celebrate our nation's Independence at Valley Forge National Historical Park. The annual community picnic includes games and crafts for the kids, a cook-out at the Visitor Center, artillery demonstrations, readings of the Declaration of Independence and guided park tours.

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SUMMER AUTHOR SERIES
June 6 & 21; July 4 & 18; August 9

The Encampment Store at Valley Forge is hosting a series of author talks throughout the summer. The next talk is scheduled for June 21 and features Mike Harris, author of "Brandywine: A Military History of the Battle that lost Philadephia but Saved America, September 11, 1777."

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STORYTELLING BENCHES
Daily through August 16; Weekends August 17-30

Benches

Throughout the summer, pull up a seat and listen as Once Upon a Nation storytellers share stories of the Valley Forge Encampment. Storytelling benches are set up near the Visitor Center and on the Train Station platform.

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SECRETS AND SPIES
Saturdays

Kids, the Continental Army needs your help! There's a plot to kidnap George Washington, and only you can help stop it. Every Saturday at 12:30 p.m., the interactive Secrets and Spies program gives families an inside look into 18th-century spy techniques.

EVENING CARILLON CONCERTS
Wednesdays in July & August

Washington Memorial Chapel

The bells of the Washington Memorial Chapel fill the air with music every Wednesday in July and August. Starting at 7:30 p.m., the weekly carillon concerts feature musicians from around the world including the Netherlands, Belgium and Australia.

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LUNCH AND LEARN
Wednesdays June 17 through July 23

Every Wednesday through July 23, Valley Forge National Historical Park invites you to bring a bagged lunch and enjoy a presentation 

 


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