Historic Philadelphia Treasures To See 4th of July Week

Signers’ Day Celebration

July 3

9 a.m. – 6 p.m. at Christ Church (2nd and Market Streets)

10 a.m. – 5 p.m. at Christ Church Burial Ground (5th and Arch Streets)

This popular event pays tribute to the seven signers of the Declaration of Independence associated with Christ Church, and includes guided tours of the church and burial ground, Once Upon a Nation storytellers, history hunts, and other activities.

At Christ Church, look for a special display of the Book of Common Prayer in which Jacob Duché—a chaplain to the Continental Congress—committed an act of treason when he crossed out the references to the king.


Ringing of Christ Church Bells

July 4

2 p.m. at Christ Church (2nd and Market Streets)

As part of the Let Freedom Ring Celebration, come hear the bells that tolled along with the Liberty Bell on July 8, 1776.


1776 Book of Common Prayer Display

July 1-7

9 a.m. – 5 p.m., July 1-3; 9 a.m. – 6 p.m., July 4-6; 1 – 5 p.m. July 7 at Christ Church (2nd and Market Streets)

Jacob Duché, the rector of Christ Church and a chaplain to the Continental Congress, committed an act of treason when he crossed out the references to the king in the Book of Common Prayer.

Free, donations accepted.


Chemical Heritage Foundation

Sensing Change

July 5

5 – 8 p.m. at Chemical Heritage Foundation, 315 Chestnut Street

Celebrate First Friday and the opening of a new exhibition at The Chemical Heritage Foundation. Art meets science in Sensing Change, as visual artists who investigate climate change depict their findings and their impressions using a variety of interesting tools and methods.


Polish American Cultural Center

Open Monday through Saturday at 308 Walnut Street

Discover the culture and contributions of Polish Americans, and explore colorful displays including pisanki (painted Easter eggs) and decorative wooden plates. Learn more about local religious leader John Cardinal Krol and Revolutionary War heroes Thaddeus Kosciuszko and Casimir Pulaski.

Admission is free.


Physick House Museum & Garden

7th Annual Phyzz Fest

July 6

1 – 5 p.m. at 321 South 4th Street

It’s Dr. Physick’s birthday! Parents and kids can celebrate with ice cream and cake and take a taste of America’s first soda when they sip from samples brewed from the good doctor’s original recipe. It all takes place at the site of Society Hill’s last freestanding, Federal-style mansion.


Powel House Museum & Garden

July 4 Freedom BBQ and Costume Party

July 4 at 244 South 3rd Street
10 to 6 p.m. - Open House with Guided Tours
3 to 6 p.m. - Cocktail Party and BBQ

Celebrate the Fourth of July with a BBQ and cocktail party at the onetime home of Philadelphia’s final mayor to serve under the English crown—and the first to serve the newly minted America. A prize will be awarded for the best period costume!


Looking for more? Visit Beyond the Bell for more events and historic sites!


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