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October 17, 2013

Independence National Historical Park Has Now Reopened After The Federal Government Shutdown

Good news, Philadelphia. The treasured attractions of Independence National Historical Park have officially reopened! Following the 16-day partial shutdown of the federal government, the announcement of a continuing resolution to resume federal government operations has allowed for many of Philadelphia’s top attractions to reopen today, Thursday, October 17. The Independence Visitor Center at 6th and [...]

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August 23, 2013

Roundup: Walking In Benjamin Franklin’s Footsteps In Philadelphia

With the Benjamin Franklin Museum’s grand reopening this weekend, there’s no better time than now to honor the man who created numerous inventions and institutions that are still in use today. We’ve created a Franklin-inspired roundup, housing sites that commemorate the Founding Father, like the Benjamin Franklin Museum and the Franklin Institute. Our roundup also [...]

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May 20, 2013

Roundup: Our Top Picks For Celebrating Memorial Day Weekend In And Around Philadelphia

Ready for summertime, Philadelphia? Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial start to the summer season (the first day of summer is June 21), but a great time to welcome longer days and balmy weather. A number of locations in Philadelphia and the countryside are hosting celebratory events in honor of the long weekend. Some of [...]

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February 27, 2013

Roundup: Our Picks For The Best Of British Philadelphia, Including The Britain-Inspired 2013 Philadelphia Flower Show

The British are coming! While the Britain-themed 2013 Philadelphia Flower Show opens at the Pennsylvania Convention Center this Saturday, March 2, the best of Britain doesn’t have to end with the show’s exquisite themed garden displays — which by the way, are on view for two full weekends for the first time ever. English culture [...]

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July 1, 2011

July 4th In Philadelphia: Our Hour-By-Hour Guide To Wawa Welcome America Activities And Celebrations Throughout The Day

Where’s the best place to celebrate July 4th? The place it all began: Philadelphia. Monday, July 4th brings parades, historical commemorative ceremonies, an all-you-can-eat ice cream festival and so much more. And it’s all leading up to Wawa Welcome America’s grand finale event on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, featuring an awesome star-studded outdoor concert and [...]

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April 27, 2011

CNN Travel Highlights Philadelphia In Its “Insider Trip Tips” Series

CNN Travel ran a thorough guide today to visiting Philadelphia, as part of its “Insider Trip Tips” series. The article specifically highlights as don’t-miss itinerary points: the Liberty Bell, Love Park and Mural Arts’ Love Letter Train Tour. The writer calls Philadelphia “steeped in history,” commending Independence National Historic Park for helping visitors learn something [...]

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June 29, 2010

Celebrate the Fourth of July Through the Week: Movie Screenings, All You Can Eat Ice Cream Festival, & Two Days of Fireworks @ Wawa Welcome America 2010

July is almost here, and it’s time for the real celebration to begin. Not that we haven’t already been partying for the past week, of course. Check out all these events running from July 1st through the 4th, all part of Wawa Welcome America. Thursday, July 1st Looking to catch a movie? Why not see [...]

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November 12, 2009

This Thanksgiving, We’re Thankful For: The Historic Side of Philadelphia

What our Founding Fathers did in Philadelphia on July 4, 1776 spawned the birth of our nation. So thankful are we that, on this fourth installment of our Giving Thanks series, we’re extending the Fourth of July celebration all the way to Thanksgiving. Philadelphia, ’tis of thee! Dear History Buffs, I have some doozies for [...]

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August 10, 2009

Michelle Obama and Daughters Sasha and Malia Visit Historic Philadelphia

Next weekend, the Obamas are scheduled to visit four national parks, including Yellowstone and Grand Canyon. This past weekend, however, Michelle Obama and their two daughters began their national park excursion with a visit to Philadelphia and our very own national park: Independence National Historical Park. The First Lady brought daughters Sasha and Malia to [...]

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July 2, 2009

The Tapping of the Liberty Bell: How Sweet the Sound!

Photo by K. Ciappa for GPTMC Ah, the Liberty Bell. Made almost entirely of copper and weighing over 2000 pounds, it is easily the most recognized symbol for Philadelphia. Look through any guide book, tourist map or video related to our city, and there it stands as our cradle of liberty. Its journey from White [...]

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