June 09, 2015
Philadelphia's Stripes and Stars Festival Commemorates Joint Birthdays of the U.S. Flag and Army
From star-spangled banners to five-star generals, Philadelphia celebrates the shared birthday of two of our country’s greatest institutions—the United States flag and Army! This year’s Stripes and Stars Festival will take place on Sunday, June 14, 2015 at locations throughout Independence National Historical Park and Historic Philadelphia, including Independence Hall, Betsy Ross House, and the National Constitution Center, which will feature $5 admission, courtesy of Macy’s. Events include flag raising ceremonies, a patriotic parade, giant flag folding demonstrations, and a moving naturalization ceremony.
April 17, 2015
Students from Two Cities Reunite at Independence National Historical Park
On April 24, 2015, students from Stanton Elementary School in Washington, D.C., will join students from Philadelphia’s Stanton Elementary School in Independence National Historical Park. The event will be the culmination of a celebration in honor of Marian Anderson, with a noon performance of My Country Tis of Thee in Independence National Historical Park.
March 31, 2015
Independence National Historical Park Joins National Find Your Park Movement
Independence National Historical Park joins parks, programs and partners across the country to encourage everyone to find their park and share their stories online at FindYourPark.com. Launched yesterday by the National Park Service and the National Park Foundation, Find Your Park is a public awareness and education campaign celebrating the milestone centennial anniversary of the National Park Service in 2016 and setting the stage for its second century of service.
March 20, 2015
Join the National Park Service in Ringing “Bells across the Land: A Nation Remembers Appomattox”
Independence National Historical Park will be part of this commemoration with a program starting at 2:45 pm on Thursday, April 9. At 3:15 pm, the Centennial Bell, which currently hangs in Independence Hall tower, will ring for 4 minutes. The Centennial Bell was cast in 1876 from a mixture of Atlantic mine ore, copper and tin with the addition of one hundred pounds from each of four cannon: British and American from the Revolutionary battle of Saratoga and Union and Confederate from the Civil War battle of Gettysburg. While that historic bell chimes, the Liberty Bell will ring in its own way, as guests from our city and region come together to symbolically tap the Liberty Bell.
March 10, 2015
National Park Service Provides Learning Experiences for Philadelphia Students
Independence National Historical Park is providing 31 free field trips this spring for Philadelphia schools to connect students with their heritage. This project will provide the opportunity for Philadelphia students to investigate the lives of colonial Americans who changed the course of history by demonstrating courage and perseverance in the quest for “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”
February 24, 2015
Independence NHP Receives Franklin Family Bible
Independence National Historical Park is the grateful recipient of another generous gift from Clare Duane Ellis and Wiley Ellis of South Carolina. The Franklin Family Bible, printed in 1763, has been on display in the Benjamin Franklin Museum since the museum opened in 2013. Thanks to the support of the Ellis family, the Bible, which was on a short term loan, will now be on long term display in the museum.
January 14, 2015
Cleaning and Conservation Begin at Second Bank of the United States
On Tuesday, January 13, 2015, National Park Service staff and the Philadelphia Fire Department responded to smoke alarms in the Second Bank of the United States, a building within Independence National Historical Park.
September 18, 2014
Germantown White House to Open for One Day on October 4
The house where General George Washington and British General William Howe stayed –at different times –will be open for the Revolutionary Germantown Festival, October 4, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.The site is otherwise closed to visitors in the fall and winter.
August 07, 2014
Park Stewards Grant Brings Students to National Park
Abraham Lincoln High School will work with Independence National Historical Park
July 22, 2014
Tourism to Independence and other national parks creates $196 million in Economic Benefit
A new National Park Service report shows that 3,560,637 visitors to national parks in Philadelphia in 2013 spent $196 million in communities near the parks. That spending supported 2,730 jobs in the local area.
July 14, 2014
Independence National Historical Park Receives 2014 America’s Best Idea Grant
Independence National Historical Park is one of 39 national parks selected to receive a 2014 America’s Best Idea grant from the National Park Foundation, the official charity of America’s national parks.
December 05, 2013
Ceremony Marks 266th Anniversary of PA National Guard
Ceremony Marks 266th Anniversary of PA National Guard
December 02, 2013
Franklins Gazette Recreated in Franklin Court
For the first time since the printing office opened in Franklin Court, park rangers at Independence National Historical Park are printing a copy of Benjamin Franklin’s original Pennsylvania Gazette. The Gazette of October 6, 1743 will be featured on the Franklin Court printing presses until December 18, 2013. Copies are available for purchase by park visitors.