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Independence National Historical Park Freedom Week Events


Redacción El Sol | 7/4/2017, 11:04 a.m.
Independence National Historical Park Freedom Week Events

Extended Hours

Liberty Bell Center

Now through - September 4, 2017: Open daily 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.; open till 8 p.m. July 1, 2, & 4

Security screening closes 5 minutes before the building closes

Independence Hall

Now through - September 4, 2017: Open daily 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.; open till 8 p.m. on July 1, 2 & 4

Tickets are not required on July 4th.

Tickets are not required from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

July 3, 2017 - POPS on Independence Mall

7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. - Independence Mall

Celebrate America's birthday with an evening of patriotic music performed by Philadelphia's own Philly POPS! Bring your own blanket or chair.

July 4, 2017 - A Celebration of Freedom

10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. - Independence Hall

Enjoy a patriotic and inspiring morning full of music, speeches and readings from the Declaration of Independence. The event is co-sponsored with the City of Philadelphia and Wawa Welcome America.

Independence Day Parade

11:00 a.m. - Independence Hall

What's red, white, and blue all over? The Philadelphia Independence Parade! This parade will feature floats, marching bands from around the nation, military groups, and much more. The parade will wind its way through Old City Philadelphia.

Let Freedom Ring Ceremony

1:00 p.m. - Independence Square (behind Independence Hall)

Join the Descendants of the Signers of the Declaration of Independence and the Pennsylvania Society of the Sons of the American Revolution for a program of history, and pomp and circumstance on Independence Square.

Ceremonial Tapping of the Liberty Bell

2:00 p.m. - Liberty Bell Center 6th and Market Sts. (enter early to get through security)

Descendants of the Signers of the Declaration of Independence will ceremonially "tap" the Liberty Bell while the Centennial Bell in Independence Hall Tower rings.

July 7, 2017 - Welcoming the Sussex Declaration to the Charters of Freedom

6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. - Congress Hall, enter through security at 5th and Chestnut Streets

A Harvard University research team recently announced the identification of a second parchment manuscript of the Declaration of Independence. Meet the researchers and learn about the discovery of the "Sussex Declaration" in this engaging lecture. The "Sussex Declaration" dates back to the 1780s.

The event is free, but registration is required. The program is co-sponsored by the Friends of Independence National Historical Park.

July 8, 2017 - Re-enactment of the First Public Reading of the Declaration of Independence

11:30 a.m. - Independence Square (behind Independence Hall)

Cheer or jeer as costumed park rangers re-enact the July 8, 1776 reading of the Declaration of Independence. Free copies of the Declaration of Independence will be given out to all visitors.