Welcome to the "Beyond the Bell" calendar page! Indian Summer and Halloween are right on our doorstep. Thanksgiving Day and the holiday season follow. Believe it or not, we have them all covered! There are also a number of ongoing events. While it's still warm (and even when it's not), you can enjoy the various outdoor activities.
News Flash ...
Second Bank Has Re-Opened
It has been a long time in coming, but the renovations that closed the Portrait Gallery at the Second Bank of the United States have been completed and the building and its priceless paintings are once again open to the general public. Happy days are here again!
Second Bank of the United States
Chestnut Street, between 4th & 5th
Daily 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Starting Thursday, November 10th
An Electrical Spectacle in Franklin Square
Franklin Square lights up nightly with the light of over 50,000 lights! The lights, accompanied by the recorded music of the Philly Pops, combine to create a series of alternating thirty-minute shows that will make the square a prime destination for everyone's holiday celebration.
Friday, November 11th
Veterans' Day Ceremony
The Independence Seaport Museum will host a memorial celebration to honor those who have served in the United States Armed Forces. Additionally, the museum will offer all veterans and active duty military free admission to the museum and historic ships from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Starting Thursday, November 17th
Tippler's Tour: Cheers and Beers
After Halloween, the haunting spirits of the Tippler's Tour are put to rest and the spirit of the holiday season takes their place for the rest of the year. Raise a glass and celebrate Yuletide Cheers and Beers!
Friday, November 25th
Outdoor ice skaters rejoice! The Blue Cross RiverRink on the Delaware River waterfront opens for the 2016-17 winter ice skating season on Friday, November 25th, with celebratory activities scheduled throughout the post-Thanksgiving weekend.
Thursday, December 8th
Many of our most time honored Christmas traditions are really no older than the oldest TV in our parents' (or our grandparents') living room, dating back to the Grinch and Charlie Brown, incorporating spindly Christmas trees and shiny new aluminum ones, and extending outward to commercially sponsored parades and shopping mall Santas. Join with historian Sarah Archer for an interesting discussion of the explosion of wealth, pop culture, and material desire that not so long ago created a brand new, all-American way of celebrating Christmas. (This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required.)
Saturday, December 10th
Parade of Lights
Working boats parade up and down the Delaware River decked out in their best and most festive decorations and lights. Before the parade, visitors to the Independence Seaport Museum can spend the day inside the (warm) museum enjoying a variety of family-friendly holiday activities and entertainment.
Thursday, December 15th
Bill of Rights Day
Celebrate the 225th anniversary of the Bill of Rights and enjoy a special, reduced $5 admission fee at the National Constitution Center (courtesy of Macy's, in case you were curious). Featured programs include a public reading of the Constitution's first ten amendments (popularly known as the Bill of Rights), a Bill of Rights Birthday cake, appearances by "James Madison" (author of the Bill of Rights), and much, much more! While you're there, take a look at one of the 12 surviving copies of the original Bill of Rights.
Saturday, December 31st
New Year's Eve Fireworks
The Independence Seaport Museum stays open late for a family-friendly celebration allowing visitors to ring in the New Year early with noise makers, party hats and a sparkling cider toast before the waterfront lights up with a 6 o'clock fireworks show.
Starting Saturday, January 30th
Women, Work and the Revolution
A new interactive experience at the Betsy Ross House highlights the process of doing the daily domestic chores in the 18th century, a long time before any of our modern labor-saving appliances were even imagined, let alone invented.
Now thru December 2017
Opening on Bill of Rights Day (December 15th), 2014 and continuing through almost to the end of 2017, the National Constitution Center will be featuring the founding documents of our great republic. Starting with a first edition stone engraving of the Declaration of Independence, the exhibit includes a rare copy of the first public printing of the U.S. Constitution, and rounds it out with a special display of one of the 12 surviving copies of the Bill of Rights.