Washington Square

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Stroll the grounds in Washington Square, or take a moment to visit the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

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Quick Facts
Between Walnut and Locust Streets, and 6th and 7th Streets
Public park containing the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier of the American Revolution
National Historical Park

Benches/Seating, Historical/Interpretive Information/Exhibits, Scenic View/Photo Spot, Wheelchair Accessible

Washington Square is an outdoor park open to the public. Enter at 6th and Walnut, or 7th and Walnut Streets.  

One of five parks within William Penn's "Greene Countrie Towne," Washington Square was originally known as Southeast Square. By the 18th century, it had become a burial ground for poor Philadelphians, American and British soldiers during the British occupation of Philadelphia (1777-78), and victims of yellow fever. The square served the living as well; enslaved and free African Americans socialized here, and the city later landscaped the grounds as a public park. In 1825, the square was renamed in honor of George Washington.

Located within the park is the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier of the American Revolution. This memorial, erected in 1954, contains the remains of an unknown Revolutionary War soldier who perished in the fight for independence. An eternal flame honors the high price paid by soldiers in the name of freedom.

Independence National Historical Park

Last updated: November 7, 2021