Welcome to the "Beyond the Bell" calendar page! We currently have special events scheduled for the month of December, as well as a number of ongoing events and activities that can be enjoyed for as long as the weather remains decent.
Through January 1st, 2015
Franklin Square Celebrates the Holidays
Hardly a day goes by between now and the end of the year without something special going on in beautiful Franklin Square. Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's Eve, and seemingly everything in between. Check out the complete list of events at their website.
Saturday, December 13th
Seaport Parade of Lights
It's a day full of holiday events at the Independence Seaport Museum, but the highlight is a waterborne parade of lights. Vessels of all shapes and sizes will motor by as they compete for the title of best dressed boat.
Monday, December 15th
Bill of Rights Day Book Festival
The Constitution Center commemorates the anniversary of the ratification of the Bill of Rights with a book festival — its first-ever book festival — featuring a selection of books addressing the issues surrounding our most fundamental and valuable rights and freedoms.
Wednesday, December 31st
New Year's Eve Fireworks
There will be fireworks fired off over the Delaware River to usher in the new year. The Independence Seaport Museum will be staying open late to provide a prime view of the family-friendly early evening festivities.
Outdoor History and After Hours Tours
Historic Philadelphia offers outdoor history tours, after hours events, and pub crawls. All of the details are on our Shows and Tours page.
Whenever Weather Permits ...
Tours of The Christ Church Burial Ground
Christ Church, "The Nation's Church," offers guided tours of its burial ground, which is the final resting place for over 4,000 individuals – including Benjamin Franklin and four signers of the Declaration of Independence, not to mention a number of our country's early medical pioneers and Revolutionary War heroes. For more information, refer to the listing on our Historic Houses of Worship page.
Free-Ranging FREE Ranger-Guided Tours
The Independence National Historical Park offers about a half-dozen special tours every day. All are guided by one of the many park rangers. Best of all, all of the tours are FREE. Check them out.
Radios Made in Philadelphia
Roy Shapiro, who was the general manager of KYW 1060 AM when it went to an all-news format, was more than a maker of radio history. He also collected it. His collection took the form of vintage radios, specifically those made in and around the Philadelphia area. Thirteen of these radios, made in the 1930's and 1940's make up the collection, which shows the city's leading role in the rise of, and the "Golden Age" of, radio in America.