Fife and Drum Party on the Plaza at the Museum of the American Revolution
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August 19201712:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Museum of the American Revolution, 101 S. 3rd St., Philadelphia, PA, 19106 + Google Map

While rifles, muskets, and swords probably come to mind when you think of the Revolutionary War, fifes and drums also were essential to the war effort for communicating commands and boosting morale.

On Saturday, August 19 from Noon – 3 p.m., the Museum of the American Revolution will host a Fife and Drum Party on the Museum’s outdoor plaza to celebrate the musicians of the Continental Army who helped the United States win its independence. The event is free and open to the public.

The party will include free toy fifes for the first 100 guests and other giveaways, 15-minute fife and drum demonstrations and lessons, replica instruments that visitors can handle, and the opportunity for fifers and drummers of all skill levels to jam and win a prize. Museum staff members will perform popular tunes, such as “Yankee Doodle” and “The Liberty Song,” and military signal calls from the Revolutionary War in reproductions of Continental Army uniforms at 12:30, 1:30, and 2:30 p.m.


At 2 p.m., visitors can enjoy a tent-shaped cake celebrating the birthday of the Museum’s collection of more than 3,000 Revolutionary-era artifacts.