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 Chapel Bell foundry in London to the present day home at 6th and Chestnut has been well documented throughout history… but few have ever heard the bell ring.

Forever silenced in 1846, the theories of how it came to be are as numerous as there are visitors. But although the bell can no longer ring, its sound will be heard this July 4th as descendants of the signers of the Declaration come together in Philadelphia to let Freedom Ring… and tap the Liberty Bell.

At approx 2:00 pm, 8 children will tap the Liberty Bell 13 times, thus signaling for bells all across the country to commemorate the sacrifices of the Patriots of our 13 original colonies.

On America’s Birthday, we will let Freedom ring! Enjoy the 4th!

Tapping of the Liberty Bell
July 4 @ 2PM
www.let-freedom-ring.org

Liberty Bell Center
600 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 965-2305
www.nps.gov/inde

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