July 8, 1776


In Philadelphia, on the steps of the State House, the Declaration is read aloud by John Nixon in the presence of “a great concourse of people.”  The crowd cheered enthusiastically and the King’s arms were taken down in the Court Room and the State House at the same time.

The bell later known as the Liberty Bell rings in center Philadelphia in order to gather citizens of the city for the reading of the Declaration.

Join us at Bow Tie Tours for Philadelphia’s Best Historical Walking Tours.  Take our four-hour Independence Tour Extraordinaire, which includes tickets to Independence Hall, or enjoy our driving tour at Valley Forge, where you will learn the exciting story of how George Washington, with the help of a few friends, turns a rabble of hungry and discontented individuals into an army ready to stand up against Great Britain.  If you are interested in one of our exciting historical vacation packages, check out our options for our Washington and Jefferson trips!



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