Liberty Bell

The Liberty Bell is another famous symbol in American history. The actual bell was believed to be the bell that was rung on July 8th, 1776 when the Declaration of Independence was publicly announced. It was originally placed at the steeple of the Pennsylvania State House (now called the Independence Hall). On the bell there was lettering (part of Leviticus 25:10): “Proclaim LIBERTY throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof.” The bell was adopted as a symbol by the abolitionist societies in 1830s (called “the Liberty Bell”), and later on during the Cold War it became a symbol of freedom. There were many stories about how the bell cracked, but the crack became the distinguishing feature of the bell that separates it from any other bells.

Today you can visit the Liberty Bell Center to see the Liberty Bell in person. It is located in the Independence National Historical Park in downtown Philadelphia, right across the street from the Independence Hall.

The photo below was taken during my visit to the Independence National Historical Park. Unlike the Independence Hall, you don’t need a ticket to see the Liberty Bell. But you may need to wait patiently if you want get a photo of the bell (or with the bell) alone, as there could be many people around wanting to take photo with this iconic historical artifact.

Liberty Bell

Independence Hall

The Independence Hall is a building in downtown Philadelphia, PA, that is the centerpiece of the Independence National Historical Park. It was the place where the United States Declaration of Independence and the Constitution were written in 1776 and 1787. Nearby you can also find the Liberty Bell (the bell that was rung to mark the reading of the Declaration of Independence on July 8, 1776) and historic buildings like the First Bank of the United States.

I visited the Independence Hall on a day trip from my home in Washington, DC, area about two years ago. I had traveled to Philadelphia area for work many times, but the travels were mostly to the suburban area of the city, and I had never visited the historic area in downtown before. So this visit was educational as I got to see the place where two of the important documents in the US history were written (you can see the original copy of these documents at the National Archives in Washington, DC). To visit the park, you can drive and park at the underground parking garage located near the Independence Visitor Center right across from the Independence Hall. To tour the inside of the Independence Hall you need to get a ticket at the Visitor Center (it’s free of charge, but you need a ticket as they have limit on the number of people that can go inside the building at a time).

The photo below was taken during my visit. It’s the Assembly Room inside the Independence Hall building where both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution were drafted and signed. The chair in the middle was the chair where George Washington, the first President of the United States, sat as he presided over the Congress during the deliberations and signing of the Constitution.

Independence Hall