April 15, 2013
Independence Invites Philadelphia to Celebrate National Park Week
Independence National Historical Park celebrates National Park Week beginning Saturday, April 20 with National Junior Ranger Day on Independence Mall from 10 A.M. to 2 P.M. The park will continue to host free, family-friendly programs for National Park Week through Sunday, April 28.
March 21, 2013
Statement of the Effects of Sequestration at Independence National Historical Park
Effective March 1, 2013, Independence National Historical Park was required by "sequestration" (a series of automatic, across-the-board permanent spending cuts) to reduce its annual budget by five percent. The park must absorb that cut in the remaining seven months of this fiscal year that ends September 30. The federal law imposing sequestration requires that each park take this cut.
February 26, 2013
Independence National Historical Park Tourism Creates $150 million in Local Economic Benefit
A new National Park Service (NPS) report for 2011 shows that the 3,572,770 visitors to Independence National Historical Park spent $149,894,000 in communities surrounding the park. This spending supported 2,086 jobs in the local area. Combined with the other National Park Service units in Philadelphia administered by Independence National Historical Park - Thaddeus Kosciuszko National Memorial and Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site - those numbers total 3,589,430 visitors who spent $151,040,000, supporting 2,103 jobs in the local area.
February 14, 2013
National Park Service Programs Celebrate Women's History
March is Women's History Month, and National Park Service Rangers at Independence National Historical Park will be offering a series of free programs throughout the month. New this year, programs will include ranger presentations in the Liberty Bell Center on the women who helped found our nation and forge our path. With a range of programs, there's something for everyone!
January 31, 2013
NPS Relocates the Bicentennial Bell
On July 6, 1976, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain presented the Bicentennial Bell to the people of the United States in celebration of the bicentennial of the United States of America. On January 31, 2013, the Bicentennial Bell was moved by the National Park Service from the bell tower at 3rd and Chestnut Streets into Independence National Historical Park's museum storage, where it will be kept until the new display for the bell is completed.
January 17, 2013
African American History Month Programs at Independence NHP
February is African American History Month, and Independence National Historical Park is celebrating with a series of ranger-led programs at the Independence Visitor Center, the Second Bank, and all around the park.
November 29, 2012
Renee Albertoli Receives the National Freeman Tilden Award
Park Ranger Renee Albertoli from Independence National Historical Park in Philadelphia is the 2012 recipient of the National Park Service's Freeman Tilden Award for interpretive excellence. Albertoli was honored for creating a writing enrichment program for high school students entitled "Project Write - Inspire Me!"
October 25, 2012
Possible Civil War Cannon Shot Found on Independence Square
On Wednesday, October 24, 2012, a contractor working for Independence National Historical Park on Independence Square found an object among tree roots that is likely a 19th-century cannon shot. Resting not far below the surface, the item could be a remnant from a Civil War recruiters' encampment.
September 25, 2012
The Battle of Germantown Marked at the Germantown White House
On October 6, 2012, to honor the 235th anniversary of the Battle of Germantown, Independence National Historical Park will offer special tours of the Germantown White House (Deshler Morris House) focusing on the two Generals, British and American, who once stayed in this house. At 11 a.m., noon, 1 p.m., and 2 p.m., visitors are invited to join this free program to learn more about British General William Howe, General George Washington and the Battle of Germantown.
September 6, 2012
Celebrate the 225th Anniversary of the Constitution at Independence National Historical Park
This year marks the 225th anniversary of the United States Constitution, and Independence National Historical Park is celebrating! Activities are planned throughout the weekend and on Constitution Day, September 17, for the whole family, from a ranger-led tour introducing the delegates to the Constitutional Convention through their portraits to a new Junior Ranger program to get the kids searching for answers just like the delegates did. September 17 marks the culmination of the park's summer-long program of posting each day's events from the Constitutional Convention on the park's website.
September 4, 2012
Visit Camp Independence on Independence Square
On Saturday, September 8 and Sunday, September 9, Independence National Historical Park will commemorate the 150th anniversary of Camp Independence with tours, exhibits, living history activities and musical performances. Events will run throughout the day, from 10 a.m. t0 4 p.m., with musical performances at noon and 1:45 p.m. on Saturday. All activities are free, no tickets required. Bring your family and step back in history with the National Park Service.
August 20, 2012
Celebrate Founders Day with a Special Tour of Washington Square
Independence NHP Celebrates the 96th Anniversary of the National Park Service
Independence National Historical Park will celebrate the 96th birthday of the National Park Service with a variety of programs, including a special walking tour of Washington Square, on August 25. Members of the public and media are invited to join a preview of the Washington Square program on August 23 at 10:00 a.m.
August 6, 2012
Historic Guardbox Restored to Washington Square
One of the few remaining historic Philadelphia guardboxes from the 19th century was restored today to its rightful location in Washington Square in Independence National Historical Park.
July 5, 2012
Independence National Historical Park Commemorates First Public Reading of the Declaration of Independence
Independence National Historical Park will host the annual re-enactment of the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence on Independence Square on Sunday, July 8. Park rangers at Independence NHP will reenact the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence at the very location where Colonel John Nixon read this great document to the public in 1776.
June 30, 2012
Freedom Week at Independence National Historical Park
Today marked the start of Freedom Week at Independence National Historical Park and we're off to a great start!
June 5, 2012
Semi-Annual Protective Waxing of Liberty Bell
On Thursday, June 7, 2012, from 7:30 - 9:00 am, Independence National Historical Park preservation technicians and curators will perform the semi-annual protective waxing of the Liberty Bell.May 30, 2012
Crossing the Benjamin Franklin Bridge to Save National Treasures Friends of Independence Host Founding Father's Day Fitness Stroll
Make this Father's Day (June 17) even more special by bringing your father, friends, neighbors and visitors to join a 5K walk to help save our national treasures and get some exercise with one of our nation's Founding Fathers.
May 24, 2012
Memorial Day Weekend Happenings on Independence National Historical Park
The Independence Visitor Center Corporation (IVCC) and National Park Service (NPS) are gearing up for another eventful Memorial Day Weekend and the beginning of Philadelphia's vibrant summer tourist season in Independence National Historical Park.
April 26, 2012
International Jazz Day at Independence National Historical Park
April 30 is "International Jazz Day" and Independence National Historical Park, the Independence Visitor Center and the Friends of Independence invite all neighbors, friends and visitors to join us in celebrating!
On Monday, April 30, a quartet with The Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz and Performing Arts will perform a free concert on Independence Mall at Crosswalk Café from 4 pm - 6 pm. Join us for great music, food and beverages.
March 15, 2012
Salazar Promotes International Tourism as Economic Engine During Town Hall in Philadelphia
Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar commemorates the 40th anniversary of the World Heritage Convention with UNESCO Director General Irina Bokova, Congressman Chaka Fattah, Acting Assistant Secretary of the Interior Rachel Jacobson, NPS Director Jon Jarvis and INHP Superintendent Cynthia MacLeod.
Philadelphia Area National Parks = visitors, money and jobs for local economy
A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 5,443,740 visitors in 2010 spent $208,742,000 in Independence National Historical Park, Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site, Thaddeus Kosciuszko National Memorial, Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site, Valley Forge National Historical Park and in communities near the parks. That spending supported 3,078 jobs in the local area.
February 18, 2012
NPS Marks Completion of Independence Hall Tower Project
On February 18, 2012, the Centennial Bell that hangs in Independence Hall Tower started to chime the hour once again, inviting all Philadelphia residents and visitors to come out and see the newly restored national icon. Silenced while Independence Hall Tower was under scaffolding, the Bell and clockworks were restarted to celebrate the successful completion of the rehabilitation of the tower.
February 13, 2012
Independence Hall Tower to be Unveiled
On February 18, 2012, the Centennial Bell that hangs in Independence Hall Tower will chime the hour once again, inviting all Philadelphia residents and visitors to come out and see the newly restored national icon.
February 10, 2012
Independence National Historical Park announces two special programs in celebration of Presidents' Day Weekend.
January 10, 2012
Celebration of Benjamin Franklin at Independence
On January 17, 2012, Benjamin Franklin turns 306! Independence National Historical Park will mark the occasion with a unique opportunity for visitors to hear a performance on Franklin's famous musical invention, the Glass Armonica. With the Franklin Court Underground Museum closed for renovations, the Glass Armonica has been out of view for visitors, but on January 17, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., visitors can see performances at the Independence Visitor Center.
December 20, 2011
New Evening Programs at Independence National Historical Park
Evening lecture series sponsored by the Friends of Independence
Everyone loves a good story teller, and a new opportunity at Independence National Historical Park provides an authentic place for visitors and residents alike. Thanks to the Friends of Independence, a monthly series will provide a variety of programs with drama, intrigue, personalities and audacity!
October 24, 2011
Groundbreaking for new Benjamin Franklin Museum at Franklin Court
The October 24, 10 a.m. groundbreaking for the renovation of the Franklin Court Underground Museum will launch the 18-month project to completely renovate the underground space and exhibits.