The Independence Visitor Center Corporation (IVCC) and Independence National Historical Park (INHP) are yesterday announced that they are to hosting a diverse selection of events and will offer extended hours of operation for Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell Center and the Independence Visitor Center. The extended hours will occur during INHP’s Freedom Week, July 1-July 8, leading up to and on the Fourth of July.
In celebration of the country’s independence, the National Park Service is extending hours for visitors to Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell Center. Both sites will be open from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m. from July 1-4. Tickets will not be required for Independence Hall after 5 p.m. No tickets are needed to visit Independence Hall all day on July 4. Tickets are never required for the Liberty Bell Center. For more information about tickets, please click HERE.
The Independence Visitor Center is gearing up to welcome those celebrating Independence Day on America’s most historic square mile with extended hours of operation. Located at 6th and Market Streets, the Visitor Center will be open from 8:30 a.m. until 8 p.m. from June 29-July 4. Normal summer hours of operation resume on July 5 and are from 8:30 a.m.-7 p.m. daily through Labor Day.
America’s Birthday hosted by the Independence Visitor Center and Termini Brothers Bakery at 1 p.m. on July 4. Termini Bros., a third generation family run business was founded by Giuseppe Termini who came to Philadelphia from Enna, Sicily in 1921. The Termini family is excited to share their story of American freedom and celebrate Independence Day at the Visitor Center with a five-tier cake and cupcakes for all to enjoy. The spectacular five-tier cake will be decorated at the Visitor Center throughout the day prior to the celebration at 1 p.m. This will be the first time Termini Bros. will be off-site decorating one of their cakes in plain sight for passers-by to observe and get a sneak peak at the inner workings of what makes Termini Bros. a local Philadelphia icon and one of a kind. In addition to a custom designed cake, Termini Bros. will also give-away 2,500 cupcakes.
Additional Visitor Center and INHP activities include:
- A dramatic Reading of the Declaration of Independence will take place on Independence Mall next to the Visitor Center on June 30, July 1 and July 4 at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. The reading will be performed by costumed performers and re-enactors with a fife and drum accompaniment.
A park ranger-led walking tour, Stories from the Past, will take place every day during Freedom Week from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Join a park ranger for a walking tour and hear about the people, both famous and forgotten, who played a role in establishing Philadelphia as the preeminent city of 18th century America. This walking tour starts at the Signers’ Garden on the corner of 5th and Chestnut Streets.
- Let Freedom Ring, a ceremony of inspiring music and patriotic presentations on Independence Square is July 4 and begins at 1 p.m. The ceremony will conclude with a symbolic tapping of the Liberty Bell at 2 p.m. The ceremony begins on Independence Square (outside secure area between Walnut and Chestnut Streets and 5th and 6th Streets) at 1 p.m. and continues inside the Liberty Bell Center at 1:45 p.m. for the Liberty Bell tapping. This programming is sponsored by the Pennsylvania Society Sons of the Revolution and the Descendants of the Signers of the Declaration of Independence.
For more information about any of the Independence Day and Fourth of July celebrations or extended hours, please click HERE.
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