Make it a summer to remember: Start at the Independence Visitor Center in Independence National Historical Park. 

This summer, the Independence Visitor Center welcomes visitors with extended hours of operation and free programming.

The season kicks off on Memorial Day weekend, Friday, May 26, and lasts through Labor Day, Monday, September 4.

Stop in to cool off and receive free expert advice on how to best enjoy the summer, in Philadelphia's Historic District and throughout the city and beyond.

Read below for special programming descriptions and schedule.


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Summer Hours

>>PLAN your visit

If you're planning on joining us in Summer 2017, please keep our summer schedule in mind: 

★ Independence Visitor Center Open Daily: 8:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.   
     
★ Independence Hall Open Daily: 9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

No timed tickets necessary to tour the Hall after 5 p.m.

     
The Liberty Bell Open Daily: 9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.   

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Storytelling Bench

>>ENJOY a story 

Hear true tales from Philadelphia's past where they really happened with Historic Philadelphia Inc.'s award-winning Once Upon A Nation Storytelling Benches program.

Specially-trained, uniformed storytellers delight and entertain with free, short five-minute stories told on thirteen Storytelling Benches throughout the Historic District, including one inside of the Independence Visitor Center. 

★ Storytelling Bench
Month: Date: Hours:
May 27, 28, 29 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
     
June 2, 3, 9, 10;  13 - 17;  20 - 24; 27 - 30 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
     
July 1 - 8; 11 - 15; 18 -22; 25 - 29 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
     
August 1 - 5; 8 - 12; 18, 19, 25, 26 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
     
September 1 - 4 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

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History Makers

>>LEARN a craft 

Bring your camera and questions for Philadelphia's colonial townsfolk, who offer tales, anecdotes, and good cheer about living in 18th Century Philadelphia. 

Learn about and watch these Colonial-era reenactors as they practice their crafts in the Visitor Center, including quill pen calligraphy, "sawdust dolls," and watercolor art. 

★ History Makers
Month: Date:  Hours: 
May 27 - 31  11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
     
June 1 - 30  11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
     
July 1 - 31 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
     
August 4 & 5; 11 & 12; 18 & 19; 25 & 26 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
     
September 1 - 4 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

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Colonial Musicians

>>SING a song 

Learn songs and hear music from our country's earliest days!

Colonial tunes will fill the halls of the Visitor Center on the following days:

★ Colonial Musicians
Month: Dates: Hours:
June 2, 9, 16, 30 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
     
July 7, 14, 28 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
     
August 4, 11, 18, 25 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
     
September 1 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

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July 4th

>>CELEBRATE independence

There's no better place to celebrate Independence Day than in the Birthplace of Independence! Every year, Philadelphia's Historic District commemorates July 4th in a big way in the place where it all began. 

Click here for full details about July 4th in Philadelphia's Historic District.


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Historic District Pass

>>START exploring 

Philadelphia's Historic District is the Birthplace of the Nation, America's First World Heritage City, and home to iconic landmarks, cultural institutions, diverse museums, outdoor attractions, and restaurants.

The Historic District Pass Program is designed to provide visitors with affordable and convenient options to begin exploring the area, now with two Pass options for 2017.

Click here to learn more and order your Historic District Pass for pick-up exclusively at the Independence Visitor Center.


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Philly PHLASH

>>RIDE PHLASH

The Philly PHLASH Downtown Loop™ is the most convenient and affordable way for visitors to get around Philadelphia this summer.

Managed by the Independence Visitor Center, the PHLASH is a seasonal transit service that provides access to 22 stops located near must-see attractions, with daily service from May 1 - September 4. The PHLASH runs 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m, providing service to each stop every 15 minutes.

The PHLASH is only $2 per ride or $5 per day. Children 4 and under, senior citizens, SEPTA Pass and Key holders always ride free! Purchase onboard with cash only and exact change, at at any Visitor Center location, or online. 

Click here to learn more about the PHLASH and purchase your pass online.
 


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Summer Hours

>>PLAN your visit

If you're planning on joining us in Summer 2017, please keep our summer schedule in mind: 

★ Independence Visitor Center Open Daily: 8:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.   
     
★ Independence Hall Open Daily: 9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

No timed tickets necessary to tour the Hall after 5 p.m.

     
The Liberty Bell Open Daily: 9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.