The film "Independence", directed by John Huston and created for the Bicentennial in 1976. In 30 minutes, visitors get a quick overview of the history that took place in Philadelphia from 1774 to 1800. The movie opens with Franklin, Washington, Jefferson, and others coming back and reliving the historic events which took place in Philadelphia at our nation's founding. These include the signing of the Declaration of Independence, the Constitutional Convention, and the inauguration of President John Adams.
The second film is "The History Channel's Choosing Sides: Young Voices on the Revolution." Four young actors portray teenagers who actually lived in Philadelphia, using the words they wrote in letters and diaries. Not all of them supported the American Revolution and the film presents their differing opinions and experiences.
These movies are shown throughout the day. Please ask at the National Park Service desk in the visitor center for exact times. The phone number for the Independence Visitor Center is 215-965-2305.
Did You Know?
In the summer of 1793 “ten thousand people in the streets of Philadelphia … threatened to drag Washington out of his house, and effect a Revolution in Government” but an outbreak of yellow fever dispersed the mob and saved the national government. (J Adams to T Jefferson, June 30, 1813)