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Road closures on Museum of the American Revolution’s grand opening day

It will be a day-long celebration at multiple sites in Old City

A crowd of hundreds standing in the plaza in front of the Robert A.M. Stern-designed Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia.
The Museum of the American Revolution opens April 19, 2017.
Photo by Melissa Romero

The grand opening of the Museum of the American Revolution is on Wednesday, April 19, and the city is pulling out all the stops. The big day begins bright and early at Washington Square Park, then heads over to Independence Hall, and ends with a keynote address by Vice President Joe Biden at the museum at 3rd and Chestnut streets.

That said, there will be some road closures around the area.

  • Third Street between Walnut and Market streets: April 18 at midnight until April 19 at 4 p.m.
  • 6th Street between Walnut and Market streets: April 19 at 8 a.m. until 10 a.m.
  • Chestnut Street between 4th and 2nd streets: April 18 at midnight until April 19 at 2 p.m.
  • Chestnut Street between 7th and 4th streets: April 19 from 8 to 11 a.m.

Although the ribbon-cutting ceremony at the museum requires tickets, the first two events are open to the public. Here’s the full schedule if you want to check out the festivities:

8 to 8:45 a.m. at Washington Square: There will be an interfaith service, a musical performance, and a ceremonial wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

9 to 9:45 a.m. at Independence Hall: Governor Tom Wolf and other dignitaries from the original 13 colonies will speak and there will be a Revolutionary War tactical performance.

10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.: There will be a parade procession down Chestnut Street to the museum, where the ribbon-cutting ceremony will be take place. This is only open to ticket-holders.