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.
Important Event Note
We expect a very high volume of visitors and cars for the July 4th Picnic in the Park Event. Event parking is limited and will be provided on a first-come, first-serve basis using a free in-park shuttle system to internal parking lots. If at any time event parking reaches full capacity, additional cars will be prohibited from parking until existing cars leave. For these reasons we strongly encourage visitors to carpool, bike, walk or take public transportation to this event.
Visitor Center | 10:00, 12:00, 2:00 and 4:00
90-minute guided tour makes extended stops at the Muhlenberg Brigade huts and Washington's Headquarters. Buy your tickets inside the Visitor Center.
Begins in front of Park Theater | 10:50 and 2:50
Join a Valley Forge National Park Service Ranger for a short walk up to the Muhlenberg Brigade Huts. Witness soldier life demonstrations and have the opportunity to ask the "soldiers" about life at Valley Forge during the 1777-1778 winter encampment.
Games, Crafts and Activities
Mini Parade | 11:00 - 3:00
SO much to do! Dress-up like a colonial, make your own tricorn hat, win a prize at the Healthy Park's Duck Pond, make your own finger print flag, crack the Liberty Bell, dunk the tax collector, sign your name to the Declaration of Independence, and so much more! All activities are free!
Meeting Room | 11:00 - 3:00
Ongoing stories from 11:00 - 4:00
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, in front of the Visitor Center, and near the Muhlenberg Brigade Huts.
Muhlenberg Brigade Huts | 11:30, 1:30 and 3:30
After you've visited with the "soldiers" at the Muhlenberg Huts, witness black powder demonstrations!
Readings of the Declaration of Independence
Visitor Center Lawn | 11:30, 12:30 and 1:30
Join Benjamin Franklin as he recites the Declaration of Independence and sign your "John Hancock" to the bottom of our copy.
Join the Continental Army
Mini Parade | 11:45, 12:45 and 1:45
Kids can "enlist" in the Continental Army and learn to march and drill like a Continental Soldier.
Live Music by Darla
Student Pavillion | 12:00 and 1:00
Philly funk band Darla returns to the Community Picnic in the Park with groovy rhythms and a high energy horn section. Both sets will be 30 minutes long.
Secrets and Spies
Washington's Headquarters | 12:30 and 2:00
George Washington needs your help! There’s rumor of a plot to have him kidnapped at Valley Forge. Be the first to enlist and join an American spy network to uncover the traitors involved.
Step-up to the Barbecue Tent and purchase delicious grilled hot-dogs, hamburgers, ice cold beverages and more!
July 4th Community Picnic in the Park
- 1400 N. Outer Line Dr
- King of Prussia, PA 19406
- Valley Forge National Historical Park