ANNUAL EVENTS IN VALLEY FORGE AND KING OF PRUSSIA, PA.
Valley Forge and King of Prussia are closely tied, with Valley Forge National Historical Park hosting many of the area's largest community events. Here are some of the most popular annual events in the King of Prussia area:
UPPER MERION FARMERS MARKET
May through November
The Upper Merion Farmers Market, open Saturdays from May through November, brings dozens of vendors to the King of Prussia area to sell their fresh meats, produce and herbs, as well as specialty products and crafts.
EVENING CARILLON CONCERTS
Wednesdays in July & August
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.
NATIONAL PUBLIC LANDS DAY
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.
VETERANS DAY COMMEMORATION
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.
MARCH IN OF THE CONTINENTAL ARMY
Valley Forge National Historical Park
Valley Forge National Historical Park marks the historic day when the Continental Army arrived onsite in 1777, beginning one of the most famous encampments in U.S. history. The evening's free family-friendly program blends historic programming with holiday honors. On the schedule are speeches by General Washington himself, the debut of a new defensive fort on the Muhlenberg Brigade and festive singing and dancing from the Colonial Revelers.
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.
WASHINGTON'S BIRTHDAY PARTY
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.
TASTE OF THE SUBURBS
King of Prussia Mall
The annual Taste of the Suburbs Food and Wine Festival brings more than 30 area restaurants, wineries and microbreweries to the King of Prussia Mall for one of the county's premier culinary events. The festival, sponsored by the King of Prussia Rotary, draws hundreds of visitors each year and benefits the Rotary's non-profit King of Prussia Charitable Foundation.
VALLEY FORGE REVOLUTIONARY 5-MILE RUN
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.
JULY 4TH COMMUNITY PICNIC IN THE PARK
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.