Annual Events

Valley Forge National Historical Park

It is one thing to read about Valley Forge in a history book, but it is another to live it for yourself. Valley Forge Park offers interactive programs and events throughout the year that bring history to life and allow visitors to experience it a whole new way. Here are some of Valley Forge National Historic Park's upcoming events that are sure to engage history buffs of all ages. 

Valley Forge Park Annual Events - Join the Continental Army

JOIN THE CONTINENTAL ARMY

January - April

Children are invited to "Join the Continental Army" and experience a day in the life of the continental soldier. Training sessions are held on the first Saturday of every month from January through April. Come to one, two or all four of the sessions to learn basic drills and commands from the Army's officers.

Valley Forge Park Annual Events - Washington's Birthday Party

WASHINGTON'S BIRTHDAY PARTY

February 19

Valley Forge was the site of the first public birthday celebration for George Washington. Each year, the park celebrate's Washington's birthday with a full day of activities that include games and crafts, a chance for kids to join the Continental Army, and the ceremonial cake cutting.

Recreation - Revolutionary Run

VALLEY FORGE REVOLUTIONARY 5-MILE RUN

April

Runners, walkers and supporters from across the region come together for the annual Valley Forge Revolutionary 5-Mile Run®. The namesake race takes runners across the challenging terrain of the park, testing their speed and endurance. A three-mile walk, the 1.776 kilometer (1 mile) Young Patriots Fun Run, and an outdoor expo are all part of the day's activities. 

Valley Forge Arch

MEMORIAL DAY OBSERVANCE

May 29

As the home of the United States National Memorial Arch, it is only fitting that Valley Forge honors the fallen each year with a Memorial Day Observance. Past years' activities have included carillon concerts at the neighboring Washington Memorial Chapel and special guided tours of the park. Memorial Day is also the perfect time to tour the neighboring Medal of Honor Grove at the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge.  

Summer Programming - March Out of the Continental Army

MARCH OUT OF THE CONTINENTAL ARMY

June 2017

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.

Valley Forge Park - 4th of July

JULY 4 COMMUNITY PICNIC IN THE 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. 

Valley Forge Park Annual Events - National Public Lands Day

NATIONAL PUBLIC LANDS DAY

September

National Public Lands Day is an opportunity to help make Valley Forge National Historical Park a better place for visitors. Valley Forge is one of more than 2,000 sites across the country that will be welcoming volunteers to lend a hand in environmental and maintenance projects.

Valley Forge Park Annual Events - Veterans Day Commemoration

VETERANS DAY COMMEMORATION

November 11

Valley Forge National Historical Park honors our nation's military veterans during the annual Veterans Day Commemoration. The event includes a commemoration service at the United States National Memorial Arch as well as interpretive programs and special park tours.

Valley Forge Park Annual Events - March in the Continental Army

MARCH IN OF THE CONTINENTAL ARMY

December 19

On December 19, 1777, the Continental Army marched in to Valley Forge to begin its winter encampment. That first night is remembered each year with the March In program at the park. Events include a nighttime encampment at the Muhlenberg Brigrade Huts, an appearance by General Washington and extended hours in the Visitor Center and the Encampment Store.

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