Welcome to the "Beyond the Bell" calendar page! We currently have a host of special events scheduled the month of July focusing on Philadelphia and its role in the first Independence Day. There are also a number of ongoing events. You can even look to take advantage of the warm weather by enjoying the various outdoor activities.
Friday, July 3rd
"Independence Day" POPS Concert
This is a free concert presented by the Philly POPS, where you can enjoy a couple of hours of great music, set against the backdrop of Independence Hall, as the city that started it all kicks off its 2015 Independence Day weekend celebrations.
Saturday, July 4th
A Declaration of Independence Day
Music, speeches and readings from the Declaration of Independence itself highlight the early morning events on the Independence Mall, before an old-fashioned Fourth of July parade marches forth from Independence Hall.
Sunday, July 5th
9th Annual Philly Phyzz Phest
Celebrate the birthday of Dr. Philip Syng Physick in the most tasteful way -- by drinking to his memory! The good doctor, who comes down through history to us as the "Father of American Surgery," was also known as "Soda's Pop." Thus, this celebration features plenty of 'America's First Soda,' Dr. Physick's Black Cherry Soda Pop.
Wednesday, July 8th
Per historical precedence, the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence will be recreated. The shock value of what was announced that day, 239 years ago, may have worn off, but its historical significance is undiminished.
Thursdays in July
Revolutionary Women Tours
This month's Thursday tours focus on the extraordinary women in Christ Church history. Some of these women were directly connected to the Revolutionary War and others were revolutionary in their actions and ideas.
Fridays in July
Soldiers, Sailors, Stars, and Stripes Tours
Learn some of the more than 300 years of military history buried at the Christ Church Burial Ground. These tours include stops at the graves of Revolutionary War heroes, the designer of the American flag, the Commander of Old Ironsides, two Civil War generals and Benjamin Franklin. Weather permitting.
Ranger Guided Tours
The Independence National Historical Park offers a host of walking tours, many daily, some only on weekends. Check out the details at their "Ongoing Tours and Programs" page.
Outdoor History and After Hours Tours
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.
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.
Until Further Notice ...
Second Bank Closed for Renovations
There's a note on the Independence National Historical Park website stating that the Portrait Gallery at the Second Bank of the United States "will remain closed to visitors through the winter while curators and conservators clean the paintings, and work to preserve this building." Sorry, folks!