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October 28, 2019
A Very Hershey Halloween

This Halloween, all are invited to enjoy a day of free activities at HERSHEY’S Kitchens café, featuring with free face-painting, fall décor and spooky music, photo opportunities, and free HERSHEY’S candy. One lucky attendee will win a a gift basket filled with HERSHEY’S and REESE’S branded products.
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October 8, 2019
Introducing the Philly Welcome Wall

Philadelphia's largest interactive digital wall reaches 2.5 million annual visitors with 42 ft. of dynamic digital content. The immersive, multi-user experience is designed to surprise and delight, using motion-sensor cameras to respond and attract visitors to interact via touch. Content displays fun, timely things to do in Philadelphia, and directs to staff for more information and purchases.
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September 21, 2019
IVCC Press Clips, June - August 2019
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July 3, 2019
RIDE PHLASH® FOR FREE ON JULY 4th IN CELEBRATION OF INDEPENDENCE DAY

The IVCC is celebrating Independence Day by offering free rides on the Philly PHLASH® Downtown Loop, its visitor-friendly public transit service, on Thursday, July 4, 2019, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Service will begin at Stop 4 at 10 a.m. and provide access to Stops 9, 10, the Please Touch Musuem and the Philadelphia Zoo, before ending early at 2 p.m. 
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July 2, 2019
Celebrate America's Birthday Party with Termini Brothers Bakery at Independence Visitor Center

The IVCC is celebrating Independence Day in the Birthplace of Independence by hosting a birthday party for America featuring Termini Brothers Bakery on Thursday, July 4. Beginning at 9 a.m., the iconic Termini Brothers Bakery staff will decorate a spectacular birthday cake live onsite and arrange 2,500 red, white, and blue cupcakes into the shape of an American flag. At 1 p.m., thousands of visitors and residents will join in singing “Happy Birthday” to America before enjoying the cake and cupcakes—for free!
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June 20, 2019
IVCC Press Clips, March - June 2019
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May 24, 2019
Independence Visitor Center Corporation Hosts Grand Opening Event of New Café by Hershey’s Kitchens

Independence Visitor Center Corporation (IVCC) is kicking off the busy tourist season by unveiling the final element of its multi-phase renovation project. Hershey’s Kitchens is a new café experience created in collaboration with The Hershey Company and Event Network, which will offer locally sourced savory menu items and indulgent treats. Media are invited to the grand opening and giant “plume” cutting (the ribbon on a Hershey’s Kiss) on May 29 at 10:30 a.m. 
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May 22, 2019
Independence Visitor Center Corporation Opens New Café Experience by Hershey’s Kitchens

This month, Independence Visitor Center Corporation (IVCC) has a sweet surprise in store for Philadelphia visitors and residents: the opening of a new café experience by Hershey’s Kitchens. The café is the final element of the Visitor Experience Improvement Project, a multi-phase renovation of Independence Visitor Center, which welcomes an average of 2.5 million visitors annually.
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May 6, 2019
RIDE PHLASH® FOR FREE ON MAY 7, 2019 IN CELEBRATION OF NATIONAL TRAVEL & TOURISM WEEK

The Independence Visitor Center Corporation (IVCC) is celebrating National Travel and Tourism Week (NTTW), and showcasing the travel industry’s critical role in job creation and the economy, by offering free rides on PHLASH®, the visitor-friendly public transit service, on Tuesday, May 7, 2019.
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March 27, 2019
Philly PHLASH® Downtown Loop to Begin 25th Year of Service
The Philly PHLASH® Downtown Loop resumes service on Thursday, March 28, marking a milestone 25 years of continued operation for the transit loop. To celebrate the first day of the season, no fares will be collected and the PHLASH will be free for everyone to ride for the day on March 28, from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
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March 1, 2018
IVCC Press Clips, Dec. 2018 - Feb. 2019
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January 17, 2019
INDEPENDENCE VISITOR CENTER TO REDUCE DAILY OPERATIONS DUE TO ONGOING FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN

The Independence Visitor Center will remain open daily over the weekend and for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, on Monday, January 21. On Tuesday, January 22, the Visitor Center will be closed, and will begin operating a reduced schedule due to the financial impact of the federal government shutdown, by ceasing its daily operations and implementing the following schedule: Tuesday – Saturday: Open, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sunday and Monday: Closed.
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December 27, 2018
Independence Hall, Liberty Bell Center to Reopen Friday-Sunday During Partial Federal Government Shutdown

Visitors will be able to tour Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell Center despite the partial federal government shutdown, Friday, Dec. 28 - Sunday, Dec. 30, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., with National Park Service rangers onsite to provide interpretation. No tickets will be required.
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December 22, 2018
INDEPENDENCE VISITOR CENTER REMAINS OPEN DURING FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN

Independence Visitor Center, the official visitor center of Greater Philadelphia located at 599 Market Street, will remain open for normal business operations during the federal government shutdown. Although the building is federal property, the Independence Visitor Center has the opportunity to remain open for visitors because its operations are managed by the Independence Visitor Center Corporation (IVCC), a Pennsylvania nonprofit, 501(c)3 organization. 
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December 14, 2018
Enjoy the Gift of a Free Ride on the Philly Holiday Festival Shuttle Courtesy of VISIT PHILADELPHIA® and Serviced by PHLASH® 
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December 1, 2018
IVCC Press Clips, June - Aug. 2018
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November 26, 2018
INDEPENDENCE VISITOR CENTER CORP. HOSTS “GIFT GRAB” EVENT FOR CONTEST WINNER

The Independence Visitor Center Corporation (IVCC) kicked off the holiday season with an Instagram contest to promote shopping local and giving back. One lucky participant has won a 60-second “Gift Grab” at Independence Gift Shop on #GivingTuesday at 11:30 a.m. 
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November 23, 2018
Service Begins for the Philly Holiday Festival Shuttle courtesy of VISIT PHILADELPHIA® and serviced by PHLASH®  

This holiday season, the Philly Holiday Festival Shuttle courtesy of VISIT PHILADELPHIA® and serviced by PHLASH® provides free access to 11 stops located near Philly Holiday Festival signature events, beginning November 23 through December 30, every Thursday – Sunday, from 6 – 9 p.m., every 20 – 30 minutes. To kick off the start of service, the media is invited for a photo opportunity of the Philly Holiday Festival Shuttle (decorated inside and out) as it stops at the Independence Visitor Center on Friday, Nov. 23 at 6:15 p.m.
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September 25, 2018
INDEPENDENCE VISITOR CENTER CORPORATION HOSTS ‘GRAND REVEAL PARTY’ TO UNVEIL UPDATES AND SUPPORT FINAL PHASE OF $15M VISITOR EXPERIENCE IMPROVEMENT PROJECT

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September 24, 2018
INDEPENDENCE VISITOR CENTER CORPORATION HOSTS ‘GRAND REVEAL PARTY’ TO UNVEIL UPDATES AND SUPPORT FINAL PHASE OF $15M VISITOR EXPERIENCE IMPROVEMENT PROJECT

On Wednesday, September 26, 2018, the Independence Visitor Center Corporation (IVCC), which is cooperatively managed with the National Park Service will host an official Grand Reveal Party from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. to celebrate and support its Visitor Experience Improvement Project (VEIP). The evening will showcase the new visitor amenities completed so far; and support the funding and completion of the final phase of the renovation project. Located at 599 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106, the updated Independence Visitor Center located in Independence National Historical Park will provide an informative, interactive, and world-class welcome experience to the region.
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September 1, 2018
IVCC Press Clips, June - Aug. 2018
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August 15, 2018
Campus Philly to Welcome College Students to Philadelphia with Free Museum Admission and All-Day Festival this September

Campus Philly, college students’ go-to resource for living, learning, and launching their career in Philadelphia, will kick off the fall semester with its annual CollegeFest on Saturday, September 8, 2018 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Dilworth Park. The annual event is free to any college student. Registration includes entry for prizes and giveaways at Dilworth Park, and a wristband for free admission to fourteen museums, plus free rides on the Philly PHLASH® Downtown Loop for the day.
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July 1, 2018
MEDIA ADVISORY: America's Birthday Party with Betsy Ross and Termini Bros. Bakery at the Independence Visitor Center

On Wednesday, July 4, thousands of visitors will line up to celebrate America's Birthday Party at the Independence Visitor Center. Media are invited to watch as Termini Brothers Bakery staff decorate a spectacular five-tier cake live onsite and arrange 2,500 red, white, and blue cupcakes into the shape of an American flag, before Betsy Ross herself arrives, accompanied by a fife and drum procession. Termini Brothers Bakery and Independence Visitor Center Corp. staff then distribute the cake and cupcakes to the public for FREE.
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June 29, 2018
Celebrate Independence Day in the Birthplace of Independence with New Ways to Explore Philadelphia’s Historic District
There’s no better place to celebrate Independence Day than in the Birthplace of Independence! This year, in honor of America’s 242nd birthday, sites throughout Philadelphia’s Historic District are celebrating with special programming and innovative ways to explore.
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June 27, 2018
LEGOLAND® DISCOVERY CENTER PHILADELPHIA HOSTS PUBLIC LEGO® BRICK BUILDING EVENT AT INDEPENDENCE VISITOR CENTER

LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Philadelphia has partnered with the Independence Visitor Center Corporation to hold a day-long LEGO brick building event on July 5, 2018. The event, open to the public, will be held on the newly renovated second floor terrace of the Independence Visitor Center from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Attendees to the family friendly event will be encouraged to join Model Builders from LEGOLAND to build four different LEGO mosaic designs celebrating Philadelphia’s 4th of July celebrations. 
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June 1, 2018
IVCC Press Clips, March - May 2018
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May 24, 2018
INDEPENDENCE VISITOR CENTER CORPORATION REVEALS EXCITING CHANGES FOR SUMMER 2018

For Memorial Day 2018, Phase I of the Visitor Experience Improvement Project is officially complete, with the re-opening of the newly expanded Independence Gift Shop, the official gift shop of Greater Philadelphia and largest retail location for Philadelphia-themed merchandise. The expansion doubles the retail space from the gift shop’s original footprint, bringing its total square footage to 3,450 square feet. “By expanding the gift shop’s capacity, we are now able to offer something for everyone, tourists and locals alike,” said James J. Cuorato, President and CEO, IVCC.
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May 23, 2018
MEDIA ADVISORY: Independence Gift Shop Re-Opens for Memorial Day 2018

Independence Visitor Center Corporation (IVCC) is kicking off Philadelphia’s busy tourist season by debuting exciting changes at the completion of the first phase of its Visitor Experience Improvement Project, including the re-opening of the newly expanded Independence Gift Shop, the official gift shop of Greater Philadelphia. 
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May 4, 2018
RIDE PHLASH® FOR FREE ON MAY 10 IN CELEBRATION OF NATIONAL TRAVEL & TOURISM WEEK

Independence Visitor Center Corporation (IVCC) is celebrating the 35th Annual National Travel and Tourism Week, and showcasing the travel industry’s impact on jobs, economy, personal lives, by offering free rides on Philly PHLASH®, the visitor-friendly public transit service, on Thursday, May 10, 2018.
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March 30, 2018
AUTISM AWARENESS MONTH EMPLOYEE SPOTLIGHT: JULIUS MAY
In accordance with Autism Awareness Month, the Independence Visitor Center Corporation (IVCC) is celebrating Julius May joining its team four years ago as Visitor Services Representative. Julius’ unique skill sets and character continue to improve the daily operations and overall social awareness of the IVCC team. 
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March 27, 2018
PHLASH® RETURNS MARCH 29 WITH FREE RIDES OPENING DAY
The Philly PHLASH® Downtown Loop will be begin service on Thursday, March 29, marking 24 years of the seasonal transit loop in operation. Everyone rides FREE opening day 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. PHLASH will run Friday – Sunday through April 29. Daily service kicks off May 1. 
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March 1, 2018
IVCC Press Clips, December 2017 – February 2018
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February 07, 2018
HISTORIC DISTRICT OPEN DURING EAGLES PARADE

The Independence Visitor Center is open the day of the Eagles Parade in Independence National Park from 8:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Due to popular demand, the Independence Visitor Center Corporation has compiled a list of what is open in Philadelphia's Historic District during the parade, including accessibility information, and other details that will ensure those coming to the city's celebration will have a day full of memorable Philadelphia experiences. 
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January 20, 2018
VISITOR CENTERS OPEN DURING GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN

The Independence Visitor Center in Independence National Historical Park will remain open during the government shutdown. The City Hall Visitor Center will also be open, providing visitors to the Greater Philadelphia region with two locations for visitor services managed by the Independence Visitor Center Corporation.
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January 10, 2018
$2 SHUTTLE TO PHILLY HOME SHOW
For the third consecutive year, PHLASH® will service a shuttle to the Philly Home Show January 12-15 and 19-21. For only $2 roundtrip (cash only) or FREE for children 4 and under, conveniently ride the Home Show Shuttle from FREE parking in IKEA South Philadelphia’s Family Parking Lot to the Pennsylvania Convention Center.
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October 17, 2017
American Heart Association Unveils Hands-Only CPR Training Kiosk at Philadelphia’s Independence Visitor Center to Help Americans Learn a Lifesaving Skill
The AHA unveils a new interactive kiosk that allows Philadelphians and all who visit the Independence Visitors Center in the city’s historic district to learn and practice Hands Only CPR in minutes! Joining cities like Cleveland, Dallas and Pittsburgh, the Independence Visitor Center will host the first Hands-Only CPR training kiosk here in Philadelphia. 
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