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July 13, 2016
Historic Second Bank of the United States Reopens to the Public
On May 28, 2016 the Portrait Gallery in the Second Bank of the United States reopened to the public after being closed for fourteen months for cleaning and conservation. Cleaning and conservation work was necessary because of a small fire in a mechanical unit in the basement that occurred in January 2015.

April 29, 2016
Tourism to Independence National Historical Park creates $365.3 million in Economic Benefits
A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 4.3 million visitors to Independence National Historical Park in 2015 spent $247 million in communities near the park. That spending supported 3,900 jobs in the local area and had a cumulative benefit to the local economy of $365.3 million.

April 28, 2016
INHP Announces Public Affairs Officer
The Independence National Historical Park announced the appointment of Gina Gilliam as the new Public Affairs Officer. Gilliam will oversee the Park’s media relations, partnership, special events and communications activities.

February 25, 2016
Alexander Hamilton and Thomas Jefferson Debate Marks the 225th Anniversary of the Establishment of the First Bank of the United States
PHILADELPHIA – Today, Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton first-person historical interpreters Steve Edenbo and Eben Kuhns joined the Independence National Historical Park, the Friends of Independence National Historical Park, and the Alexander Hamilton Awareness Society at City Tavern to celebrate the 225th anniversary of the charter of the first Bank of the United States. The occasion was marked with a spirited debate between Jefferson and Hamilton about the merits of establishing a national bank.

September 15, 2015
Independence NHP Wins Pennsylvania Historic Preservation Construction Award
Congratulations to the historic preservation staff at Independence for winning the 2015 Pennsylvania Historic Preservation Construction Award! The project team will receive the award on behalf of the park at a ceremony on September 25 in Harrisburg, PA. The park would like to recognize, in particular, Charles Tonetti, Independence NHP’s senior historic architect, for his role in this project.

July 28, 2015
Volunteers needed to prep park for 2016 centennial celebration
In the run-up to the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service, parks are inviting people to find their park and volunteer. Nation-wide, the NPS will increase the annual number of volunteers from 250,000 to 1 million. To help achieve this goal, Independence National Historical Park’s new Centennial Volunteer Ambassador is making it easier than ever to sign up as a park volunteer, starting with a volunteer training day on August 8, with additional training days each month after that.

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.

August 07, 2014
Park Stewards Grant Brings Students to National Park
Abraham Lincoln High School will work with Independence National Historical Park


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!"

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143 S. 3rd Street
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(215) 965-2305
Use this number to talk to a park ranger at the visitor center desk for park information. Park rangers are available for calls daily from 8:30am to 7pm from Memorial Day to Labor Day. During heavy visitation, park rangers are assisting other visitors and may not be able to answer the phone right away. For information about lodging and restaurants, contact the city concierge staff at 800-537-7676.

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