FAMILY DAY FAQ
There is a buzz around Valley Forge Family Day right now, and with the excitement, there are a lot of questions being asked. We want to try to help answer all of your questions that you have.
WHY SEPTEMBER 25?
The idea for Valley Forge Family Day was to do something special at Valley Forge National Historical Park around the World Meeting of Families and Pope Francis' visit to Philadelphia. Friday, September 25, provides a break in the official schedule of events to allow our international guests time to visit our region.
WHAT ABOUT LOCAL FAMILIES?
Family Day is about bringing families together, both locals and visitors. Many local schools will be closed on September 25, but with the day's activities running until 5 p.m., we are hoping to there is plenty of time to visit after the school day is finished.
WHAT EFFECT WILL FAMILY DAY HAVE ON TRAFFIC?
Little to none. Valley Forge Family Day is a community event scheduled for September 25 from 2-5 p.m., self-contained within Valley Forge National Historical Park. The park will be keeping internal roads open and has committed to easing traffic by relying on carpools, judicious use of onsite parking lots and walkable access to and from the programming.
BUT AREN'T THE ROADS CLOSED?
No. Philadelphia-area road closures are not scheduled to take effect until around 6 p.m. Locally, the road closures are concentrated around the Gulph Mills train station. Those most affected by the closures will be residents of the city of Philadelphia who live within the "Traffic Box." Residents in surrounding communities can still easily access Valley Forge as I-95, I-276, I-476, and I-76 (west of I-476) will not close.
There will be no road closures in Valley Forge Park.
IS THE POPE COMING?
No. While the pope's visit and the World Meeting of Families were the catalysts for creating the event, Pope Francis will not be in attendance at Family Day.
WHAT ABOUT PARKING?
We advise anyone who is attending the event to carpool and prepare to to walk across hilly terrain to get to and from the programming. There will be parking attendants on-hand to guide you on the day of the event. Handicapped parking is available.
WHAT IF WE CAN'T MAKE IT?
If you can't make it to Family Day, don't worry. Many of the programs will be available daily throughout the week leading up to the event, beginning September 19.
Trolley Tours: 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday only
Ranger-led Walking Tours: 10:20 a.m., 12:20 p.m., 2:20 p.m.
Children's Exploration Stations: 1:30 to 3 p.m.
Washington's Leadership Ranger Talks: 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.