Friday, January 16, 2015

Top 10 Best Ways To Celebrate Ben Franklin's Birthday

Descendant Phyllis Franklin Bierstedt was in town to kick off the Ben Birthday Celebrations set to take place in Philadelphia this upcoming weekend.  Ben Franklin is Phyllis' uncle from eight generations back.  I overheard her tell an attendee that her whole life she has been told, "You look like him and You have his spark". She does have a happy and brilliant smile.

January 2 - March 31 Liberty 360 3D Show a 15-minute film surrounds the audience in a customized wraparound PECO Theater.  The show takes visitors on a patriotic adventure from the bald eagle to the Statue of Liberty. Showing 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Monday - Saturday and 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. on Sunday at Historic Philadelphia Center 6th and Chestnut Streets in Philadelphia. $6 adults, $5 senior/military/student and children 12 and under, $20 family-four pack.

January 17 -18  Storytelling and Dr. Franklin at the Historic Philadelphia Center 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Free birthday cake on Saturday at 1 p.m.

January 16, 17, 23 and 24 Special Benjamin Franklin Tippler's Tour,  Dr. Franklin joins part of the tour and guests will hear stories and talk with the Founding Father. The tour departs at the Historic Philadelphia Center,6th and Chestnut Streets at 5:30 p.m. with four stops for drinks and snacks at each stop along the way to Omni Hotel, Victoria Free House, Lucha Cartel or National Mechanics, and City Tavern (serving Franklin Spruce Ale). Tickets going fast January 17 is SOLD OUT. Tickets $45 adults, $40 senior/military/student, 21 and over with valid I.D. (tastings and gratuity included) Duration 2 hours.

Photograph courtesy of  Historic Philadelphia, Inc.
January 16  The Franklin Birthday Celebration will present its annual Franklin Founders award to Laurie D. Olin in recognition of his lifetime work in landscape design and urban planning.

January 16 A special procession from the American Philosophical Society to Christ Church Burial Ground to end with a wreath laying ceremony 11-11:30 a.m.

January 17 - 19 Free Admission to the Benjamin Franklin Museum 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. located at Franklin Court. Entrance to the courtyard is from Market or Chestnut Streets, between 3rd and 4th Streets.

January 17 - 18 Armonica also known as the glass harmonica demonstrations at the Benjamin Franklin Museum 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

January 17 - 18 Ben Franklin as Diplomat and Statesman a guided tour by a Independence Historical Park Ranger on the life of Ben Franklin through sculptures and paintings at the Portrait Gallery at the Second Bank.

January 17 - 18 Sights, Sounds and Symbols as you channel your inner Ben Franklin with hands on activities including designing your own seal and self portrait 1 -3 p.m. at the Benjamin Franklin Museum.

January 15- 19 Hear stories of Ben Franklin's great inventions and achievements at the storytelling bench inside the Independence Visitor Center located at 6th and Market.

January 17 Meet Ben Franklin at the Independence Visitor's Center, bring your camera for a meet and greet from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Happy Birthday Benjamin Franklin Celebration at the National Constitution Center.  Activities include All About Ben Tour of Signers' Hall and make and take activities to build your own Ben Franklin outfit, then take a selfie with the Ben Franklin Statue.

Ben may have been born in Boston in 1709 but he is at the heart and soul of the City of Brotherly Love where he found his final resting place. Philadelphia is big on Ben.

The Ben Franklin National Memorial is located inside the rotunda of the Franklin Institute, located at 20th and the Parkway.

Inside a display case in the lobby of the American Philosophical Society Library, you can view  a facsimile of a letter sent from Thomas Jefferson to Ben Franklyn asking him to review a draft of the Declaration of Independence.  The original copy of Jefferson's letter to Franklin is on display at the Museum of the American Philosophical Society located at 104 5th Street.

Ben Franklin does have a long resume and I am quite sure this is the short list.

Huzzah Dr. Franklin! Happy Birthday!

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