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FRANKLIN SQUARE FOUNTAIN SHOW FACT SHEET
DESCRIPTION: The Franklin Square Fountain Show is a brand new free attraction debuting on July 31 with both day and night performances. The 180-year-old, historic Franklin Square Fountain will dance along to popular music choreographed to songs by Boyz II Men, Katy Perry, Louis Armstrong, and more. Enjoy free intimate daytime and evening performances, with synchronized colored illuminations after dusk. Daytime performances, with alternating songs, run every 30 minutes from 12 - 2 pm daily. Evening performances begin at 6 pm daily and run every 30 minutes until closing.
GRAND OPENING FESTIVITIES:
FRANKLIN SQUARE’S 13TH BIRTHDAY SPLASH
Daytime Celebration presented by PECO: The new Franklin Square Fountain Show debuts with an opening day celebration on the 13th birthday of the renovated Franklin Square.
Wednesday, July 31, 11 - 1 pm: The first daytime Fountain Show performance at 12 pm will be followed by free birthday cupcakes with Benjamin Franklin and the Phillie Phanatic, and free carousel rides. Cultural and neighborhood attractions help celebrate the day with family activities.
Nighttime Celebration: The first nighttime Fountain Show performance debuts at 8:30 pm. Throughout the evening, enjoy music, Colonial lawn games, inaugural competitions of B-E-N-G-O and Deborah Franklin Quizzo all while enjoying a relaxing cocktail in the pop-up Oasis Cocktail Garden.
Wednesday, July 31, 2019, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm: First nighttime performance at 8:30 pm.
SUMMER SPLASH IN THE SQUARE: To celebrate the new Fountain Show, Historic Philadelphia will present Summer Splash in the Square for the month of August. Swing along with the sights and sounds of the new Franklin Square Fountain Show, while
enjoying festive theme days and nights including free dance parties, movie nights, game nights, puppet shows, and yoga. Visitors will also be able to enjoy a relaxing cocktail in the pop-up Oasis Cocktail Garden (Garden is Thursdays – Saturdays). All events are free!
August 1 – September 1, Thursdays - Saturdays, 5 - 10 pm with first nightly performance at 6 pm, Sundays 11 am – 6 pm, with first performance at 12 noon
Free Summer Splash Events:
Throwback Thursdays with DJ Robert Drake – 5 - 10 pm, FREE
Dance and sing along to classic tunes as DJ Robert Drake fills the Square with the biggest hits of the decade, celebrating a different musical era each week. The new Franklin Square Show soundtrack highlights songs from each of these decades, alternating for each performance. Decade dress is encouraged.
August 1 – 60s
August 8 – 70s
August 15 – 80s
August 22 – 90s
August 29 – 2000s
Franklin Fridays – 5 - 10 pm, FREE
Channel your inner Ben and bring your wit and wisdom for Franklin Square’s weekly game nights, featuring B-E-N-G-O hosted by Benjamin Franklin with prizes, Deborah Franklin Quizzo, Colonial games such as Graces and Hoops, and more.
Super Movie Saturdays – 5 - 10 pm, FREE
Outdoor movies will be SUPER with five weeks of superhero blockbusters. Screenings begin at approximately 8:30 pm.
August 3 – Superman (1978)
August 10 – Shazam! (2019)
August 17 – Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018)
August 24 – The Incredibles (2004)
August 31 – Wonder Woman (2017)
Fun in the Sun-days – 11 am - 6 pm, FREE
Franklin Square becomes a summer oasis without the shore traffic as lawn games, musical chairs, bocce, and volleyball fill the Great Lawn with fun for all ages and prizes. Join in for yoga at 11 am, Once Upon A Nation’s Colonial Kids’ Quest puppet show from 12:15-12:45 pm, and the daytime Fountain performances from noon to 2 pm.
DETAILS: The Franklin Square Fountain is the oldest public fountain in the United States. The new renovations incorporate the vintage marble and surrounding wrought iron fence original to 1838 while enhancing and modernizing the infrastructure of the fountain, ensuring its longevity for generations to come. All new waterworks have been installed, as well as new LED lighting to enhance the fountain’s static beauty in addition to being utilized during the presentations. The project’s total cost is $2 million. There are five different types of mechanisms used in the new water design: air-powered nozzles, geysers, swivels, three-axis fan nozzles, and variojets. At center stage is a pair of dancing fans. These water jets spray water in a thin flat plane that has a distinctive ‘v’ shape. The fan spray gracefully spins, leaning and rotating towards the lower pool. The jets are choreographed together like dancers on a stage, sometimes in perfect harmony and other times in playful opposition. Around the fans is a ring of air shooters. The devices launch with excitement high into the air, accompanied by a pop of sound celebrating the beat and highs of the music. A stately ring of continuously flowing geysers creates a curtain effect. In the lower pool, a ring of continuously flowing arching streams aims toward the center of the fountain. These recall the traditional arching jets that harken back to the previous fountain. The variojets in the lower pool, arranged between arching jets, transform their display from a vertical geyser to blossoming tulip shape.
FOUNTAIN HISTORY: The 180-year-old fountain is the oldest refurbished and functioning fountain in the United States and is the longest surviving fountain in one of William Penn’s original five squares in Philadelphia. The Franklin Square Fountain was originally built in 1838 after City Council passed a resolution in 1837 calling for a fountain of “grand dimensions,” and was the centerpiece to the Square in the late 19th century. In 2006, Historic Philadelphia, Inc. restored the fountain for the first time in thirty years. The historic marble and fence original to 1838 remain, but with a modernized fountain infrastructure.
PRODUCTION TEAM: The Franklin Square Fountain Show is designed by Fluidity Design Consultants. The general contractor is Bittenbender Construction, LP. Project management provided by Dan Bosin Associates. The fountain integrator is Outside the Lines.
FRANKLIN SQUARE FOUNTAIN SHOW PERFORMANCES:
Each song corresponds with a different Fountain Show performance and rotates throughout the day. Daytime performances run every 30 minutes from 12 - 2 pm daily. Evening performances begin at 6 pm daily and run every 30 minutes until closing. Each performance is one song, from the list below:
· “Gonna Fly Now” by Bill Conti, Theme from Rocky
· “Beautiful Day” by U2
· “Firework” by Katy Perry
· “What a Wonderful World” by Louis Armstrong
· “Motownphilly” by Boyz II Men
· “Under the Sea” by Howard Ashman from The Little Mermaid
· The Fountain is equipped with 44 new water jets with 5 unique water displays
· Center jets shoot about 50 feet into the air
· Air-powered water jets are launched 44’ into the sky with a air compressor system producing 100psi
· A pair of state-of-the-art multi-axis dancing fan nozzles
· A group of single-axis swaying nozzles
· Individually controlled variable form jets quickly transform between a vertical line to a trumpet cone
· A stout ring of stately vertical jets
· 78 individually controlled color changing LED lights
· At maximum display the Fountain is pumping 2,310 gallon per minute
· The fountain holds 42,600 gallons and at a filtration flow rate of 143 gallons per minute the entire pool volume is filtered in 4.8 hours
· A highly choreograph-able control system contains over 1000 channels of control
· Custom choreographed musical water shows
FUNDERS: Financial assistance for the Franklin Square Fountain Show is provided by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Honorable Tom Wolf, Governor. Other funders and partners for this project are William Penn Foundation, City of Philadelphia, Board of Directors of City Trusts, Joanna McNeil Lewis and The Joanna McNeil Trust, Philadelphia Parks and Recreation, Philadelphia Fountain Society, Tour De Shore Children’s Foundation, and Visit Philadelphia.
SQUARE: Franklin Square is an initiative of Historic Philadelphia, Inc. (HPI). HPI makes our nation’s history relevant and real through interpretation, interaction, and education, strengthening Greater Philadelphia’s role as the destination to experience American history. Historic Philadelphia, Inc.’s programs include the Betsy Ross House, Once Upon A Nation storytelling and immersive walking tours, and Franklin Square. For all Historic Philadelphia, Inc. event information, call 215-629-4026, 877-462-1776, or visit www.historicphiladelphia.org to buy tickets online. Tickets may also be purchased in person at the Betsy Ross House (239 Arch Street), or Franklin Square (6th & Race Streets). Follow HPI at twitter.com/HistoricPhilly and twitter.com/FranklinSqr, on Facebook at http://on.fb.me/HistoricPhila or http://on.fb.me/FranklinSquare, or on Instagram instagram.com/historicphilly or instagram.com/franklinsquarephilly/.