Moving to Philadelphia? Referred to as the “City of Brotherly Love,” Philadelphia is a diverse city rich in American history. The city played an important role in the American Revolution, and helped define the nation’s principles of independence, liberty and democracy. Although the city has evolved and modernized, Philadelphia is still well known for its place in and preservation of American history.
Considered the birthplace of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, Philadelphia is full of reminders of the early years of this nation beginning with the original Thirteen Colonies. Visit the Independence Hall where the Declaration of Independence was written, giving the residents of the Thirteen Colonies independence from the rule of Great Britain. Despite the significance of this building, it was used for more mundane purposes over time – its basement once served as the city’s dog pound. Here you’ll also find an icon associated with liberty, the Liberty Bell, which was most famously rung to call the citizens of Philadelphia for the reading of the Declaration of Independence. Benjamin Franklin, one of Philadelphia’s most famous residents, ran away from his home in Massachusetts to Philadelphia as a teenager in search of a new start. Franklin’s achievements as an author, inventor and important political figure are honored at the Franklin Court. At the Betsy Ross House, you can learn the life and history of the woman who created the first American flag directly requested by George Washington.
Philadelphia has plenty of family-friendly attractions, including the Crayola Factory – an interactive discovery center that sparks the imagination of kids through the magic of the famous coloring tools. Sesame Place is a theme park based on one of the most famous children’s television shows of all times, with rides, balloon races and other kid-friendly activities. For contemporary art lovers, the Fabric Workshop Museum exhibits works of emerging artists using new media and new materials. Learn about the early days of firefighting including original techniques of fire blaze fighting and how fireman spent their free time over the centuries at the Firemen’s Hall. Get outside and enjoy French Creek State Park, which offer activities from sight seeing to fishing to bird watching. There are also a number of professional sports to choose from, including football’s Philadelphia Eagles, hockey’s Philadelphia Flyers, baseball’s Philadelphia Phillies, and basketball’s Philadelphia 76ers.
Philadelphia is also known for some famous food icons such as hoagies, soft pretzels and cheese steaks. Legend has it that the Philly cheese steak was invented by accident in 1930 by the Olivieri brothers. Normally selling hot dogs at their fast food stand, the brothers ran out of their normal meat and substituted for left over steak they had on hand. The steak combined with onions on an Italian roll became the sandwich we know today. In recent years, Philadelphia has become home to many contemporary restaurants run by some of the country’s most famous chefs.