Memorial Day weekend in Philly

May 22, 2009 3:41:50 PM PDT
If you are not a beach person or if you want to save a few bucks, the unofficial kickoff to summer can be just as much fun right here at home. Whether it's a lesson in US history or a lesson in America's favorite pastime of baseball, the Courtyard at the Betsy Ross House in Old City will have a new free program called History Makers this Memorial Day weekend.

Actors dressed as real historical figures will have story-telling performances all weekend.

Historic Philadelphia will also offer walking tours over the weekend and baseball themed crafts for kids on Monday.

On Friday, kids with the day off got a little preview of all the events.

"Today, we're getting a taste of history. The activities are great, my kids love it; they really make history come alive," Nancy Paley of Mt. Laurel said.

With people taking shorter trips both this weekend and throughout the summer, Independence Mall was hopping today with both local tourists and those from a few states away.

"When I saw the Liberty Bell I didn't know if I'd be impressed, but you see it and it's just awesome," David Foster of Gorham, Maine, said.

"My brother-in-law actually has a place at the beach in Jersey but we said no, we want to be here in Philadelphia," Linda Foster said.

Of course, there is always something cooking at Penn's Landing. This year, Delaware River Day will be held on Saturday from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.. They'll be free kayaking, life jacket fitting, vessel tours and plenty of activities like face painting for the kids.

If you are more into music, check out the new Piazza in Northern Liberties. It will play host to an all-weekend free world music fest on its new stage and they'll be plenty of food and street performers.

"It's a great enclosed space you can bring your family down and you don't have to worry about your kids or traffic and the space holds about 15,000 people," Piazza spokesman David Wurtzel said.

Also, don't forget the Bridesburg section will hold one of the oldest and biggest Memorial Day parades around on Monday. That's expected to draw around 10,000 people.

There is certainly a lot do here in Philadelphia without going very far.

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