America’s most historic district
Want to visit the birthplace of American democracy? Then hop-off the Philadelphia bus tour at the Independence National Historical Park. Learn about American independence at the Liberty Bell Center, Independence Hall, Congress Hall and more – all completely free.
Wander sites of huge historical importance – discovering a place where a revolution started. Find out for yourself why the park has been nicknamed ‘America’s most historic square mile’.
The Liberty Bell and Independence Hall
Independence Hall is the place both the Declaration of Independence and United States Constitution were debated and adopted. Explore one of the most historic buildings in the nation – where the Founding Fathers came together to create a new country.
The Liberty Bell chimed to call citizens of Philadelphia to hear the first reading of the Declaration of Independence. It’s also an important symbol in the anti-slavery, Civil Rights and Native American movements. Visit this icon of freedom and discover how it rung the changes through history.
Other interesting facts about Independence National Historical Park
- Independence Hall was commissioned by the Pennsylvania Colonial Legislature in 1732, but due to funding issues was only completed in 1753
- The Bell Tower which once housed the famous Liberty Bell, now houses the Centennial Bell’ - commissioned for the Centennial celebrations in 1876
- The Bell Tower is also featured on the $100 Dollar bill - an indication of its historical importance
- The park was designated a US Historic National Landmark back in 1966.