The author, Michael Crichton, has said, “If you don’t know history, then you don’t know anything. You are a leaf that doesn’t know it is part of a tree”. And what better place to learn about the country’s history than the birthplace of America, the city of Philadelphia. This is the city where the Founding Fathers gathered, where the seeds of American Revolution were sowed, and also where the Declaration of Independence was signed. In fact, this city was also the temporary capital of the United States before Washington D.C.
If you want to understand American history, all the paths that you take will converge in Philadelphia. The history of this country reverberates in the old museums and buildings in a particular area of this city called as “Historic Philadelphia”. On your Philadelphia weekend break, you will realize that “Historic Philadelphia” lacks distinct boundaries. It covers Center City neighborhoods, parts of the Old City, and the Independence National Historic Park.
Here are some of the main historical attractions that you should not miss on your Philadelphia weekend break.
The Liberty Bell
The Liberty Bell is an icon of freedom across the US and bears the everlasting message ‘Proclaim Liberty throughout All the Land unto All the Inhabitants thereof’. Located opposite the Independence Hall, you will find this cracked bell on display along with its significance and history. It is said that this bell marked several important historical events including the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence. Its chimes were heard for the last time on George Washington’s birthday in the year 1846. You must visit this attraction on your Philadelphia weekend break even though you may have to stand in a queue. It is absolutely worth it!
National Constitution Center
Your visit to this center starts off with a multimedia presentation that explains some major points of the country’s most significant document, the Constitution. After the presentation, you are free to walk around this building exploring the hows of the Constitution. If you are visiting with your family, this is a must-see history attraction on a Philadelphia weekend break. You can take the presidential pledge of office or vote for your favored president through some of the interactive exhibits that are found here.
This Georgian style building located in Independence National Historical Park is the site where John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin and others announced the Declaration of Independence. Considered to be the most famous historical site in this city, the Independence Hall has been a witness to a number of significant events. Some of the most notable ones include the agreement regarding the design of the American flag and the appointment of George Washington as the commander-in-chief of the Continental Army. On your Philadelphia weekend break, do not forget to visit the Independence Hall for the Declaration of Independence and the Bill of Rights, both of which are on display here.
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