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Ring out Freedom and Independence this July 4th in Historic Germantown!

June 29, 2011

Come celebrate this year’s Fourth of July in Historic Germantown! Join five sites that were here in 1776 for a day of free activities in celebration and remembrance of our nation’s independence from 11AM – 4PM.

But why, might one ask, do we ring out freedom? And where?

The Concord Schoolhouse and Upper Burying Ground will host their annual Bell Ringing Ceremony at 2PM on July 4th. The tradition of ringing the bell at the Concord School once for each year since 1776 began in the 19th century and was revived in 2005. Bell ringing has been a public communicative device long before the creation of telegraphs or phones. Used in many different contexts, from warnings to weddings, the bell ringing that will occur on the 4th will truly be a celebration of independence and sovereignty in America. The most well-known bell in Philadelphia is the Liberty Bell, an icon associated with freedom. Yet, while they only tap the Liberty Bell in Olde City, we at Germantown ring it loud and proud!

July 4th in Historic Germantown is going to be an eventful day! At Stenton , activities such as making your own ice cream, flag fan crafts, and meeting Deborah Norris Logan- the mistress of Stenton from 1784-1839 begin at 11 AM. Then visit Hood Cemetery, the resting place of 41 Revolutionary War Soldiers from 11 AM- 1 PM. Visitors can also explore Philadelphia’s only Revolutionary War battle site, Cliveden, and meet Richard Allen- born enslaved to Cliveden’s Chew Family from 1 PM – 4 PM. The bells ring out at the Concord School & Upper Burying Ground at 2PM, and tours last from 12 PM- 4 PM.  After festivities at the Concord School, finish your afternoon at the Johnson House Historic Site, a surviving Underground Railroad Station at 2:30.

For more information on Historic Germantown’s Fourth of July events visit

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