Philadelphia Travels - Happy Independence Day (Part 2)

tryskele @tryskele
· July 2019 · 3 min read · United States · #history


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I thought this would be the perfect time for part 2 of my trip to Philadelphia. As I mentioned in my previous post. Philadelphia Travels - Part 1
That the 2nd Continental Congress met in Philadelphia. The purpose of the 2nd Continental Congress was to put to assemble what would become known as the Declaration of Independence. On June 11, 1776 a committee made up of Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, Robert R. Livingston, and Roger Sherman. Thomas Jefferson had been tasked with writing the document due to his writing skills. After numerous changes the Declaration of Independence was completed on June 28, 1776 and submitted to the full 2nd Continental Congress. After some deliberation and changes the Declaration voted on and signed on July 2, 1776. On July 4, 1776 is when the Declaration was formally presented to the public.

It may sound like it took a relatively short amount of time. The Congress had assembled in May of 1775. Obviously it took a while for all the concerns and issues to be address, and then the decision to make the declaration. As I mentioned this meeting took place in Philadelphia, however the building that it was held in came to be known as Independence Hall.

As you can see in one of my pictures is a statue of George Washington in front the building. The back side of the building has a statue of Commodore John Barry, who is known as the 'Father of the US Navy' There are parks in front and behind Independence Hall. (I cannot locate these pictures) The park that is in front of Independence Hall is Liberty Park. It is where the Liberty Bell is housed which is known as Liberty Plaza. This trip we did not go inside to see the Liberty Bell. The line was 1/4 mile long, luckily it is now enclosed. I remember a horrible wait when I was a kid. Seeing it now ... if you can get tickets early in the morning then that would be worth it.

If you have seen 'National Treasure' with Nicholas Cage, then you have seen Independence Hall and a glimpse inside. Tours are offered it is kind of pricey. I was the only one of our group that had actually been inside. It was the first time for everyone else, even though my daughter and son-in-law have been living in Philadelphia for 2 years.

On the day we went there was a recreation of a military band from the time. The photo bomb is my husband LOL. On the far end of Liberty Park is where Benjamin Franklin's residence was. I wish I knew where the other pictures are. Probably still on my camera and I lost my USB cable. Included are the few that I have which shows the 'ruins' of the house. What is really neat is when this portion of the park was built. The city paved it with the house floor plan. This way you can 'walk around the house.'

I hope this one is as enjoyable as the first part. We have one more to go. I promise Rocky picture in that one LOL.

Independence Hall



The Liberty Bell



Liberty Plaza looking back at Independence Hall. Awning to the right is part of the enclosure for the Liberty Bell.




Artifacts from the house.


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Thank you 😊

Philadelphia really is a fascinating city, rich of history and culture. It also has the nation's first zoo!

Thank you @wwwiebe. I had no idea about the zoo. Nice bit of information to enter in the collective that is my brain 😁 I will have to look at that now.

Freemasons that ruled the early America were a dodgy bunch. In fact America never really beat England, who still ruled by the money. America is the bane of the planet.

I am sorry you think so. The majority of the country is not what you see on TV. I've learned I don't judge people by it's country and vice versa.

This isn't a political commentary. I will not get into that discussion. I simply visited a historical site and explained why it is important. Enjoy the pictures, and the architecture.

The people are innocent mostly. It is the elite bankers who control the politicians that have made America into the warmongers who are wrecking the planet. And history is written by those victors. American history is tainted with crimes against humanity, like the Nagasaki, Hiroshima, Vietnam (based on false flag Gulf Of Tonkin) etc. The list is long of those crimes. I learned this from an American historian called Oliver Stone. If you want to know the real history of America then watch his 10 part series on it. He does not judge but states the crimes factually.

Don't worry, my country is built on the crime of Apartheid. I'm beyond nationalism and patriotism. We are all citizens of earth. And my current government is made up of corrupt criminal thieves too, just like yours.

Now you say this, I was hoping this is what you meant. I just hate when things become political and hatred is spewed. That is pretty strong from me as I was raised with HATE being the 4 letter word I got in trouble for. 'You can dislike something, but hate is a strong angry word that destroys.'

I have watched Oliver Stone's series it's amazing. I always recommend it to someone when they question things. Just like the very first scene in the first episode of Newsroom. The speech that Jeff Daniel's character gives is spot on. People do have this idea in their heads of how they think things are, which they are not. I do have a very realistic view of things, that is why when I do a post like this I keep it to what it's purpose was.

I'm beyond nationalism and patriotism. We are all citizens of earth.
I think is the best way to be. That is why I love this platform.

Yes, I understand your motivation being to keep the post strictly to the point on the day. Good to hear you have watched Oliver Stone's history series.

These pictures are amazing. I love historic buildings.

Thank you @jaynas-minime 😊 I do too. The pictures on my phone came out better than most on my camera 😔 That is one of the reasons Philadelphia is amazing. Historic buildings, everywhere. I had to keep reminding myself to take pictures.

Whooooaaa.. thank you teacher for the history short course😉 I really live it when you write something like this (oopppss.. I love everything you wrote😊). And who is the tall lady in front of the house at the first snap?

Thanks Cici. If I still had patience, I would go to school and become a history teacher. Plus what use is it to post of picture of a building and not explain anything about it.
She is just some person who got caught in my picture.

But Im curious.. how can you remember everything in history like this... I'm aware of some names you mentioned above from the movie or some books I read... it feels like a little different when you put it along with all those amazing pictures... love it!

I don't know. I guess because I love the subject. I research a few sites to confirm dates or specific point. Most of the information in this case, is from my first trip there when I was a kid. I was just in awe seeing the inside and such. Sadly, I would say better than 70 % of the country doesn't know anything about this building.

I really should dig out my old pictures (which are horrible) The tables they met at are small. I found fascinating. People were a lot shorter, so obviously their furniture reflects that.

The furniture was shrinked 😂 but I think you were right.. Thomas J himself not too tall like most people now.. but Benji was tall right? We should check out the old pictures of people from that era .. or small is beautiful concept due to the economic situation?

I think they were both about 5ft 9in, I'll have to take a look. It's funny how we make somethings larger than life, that we assume, since they are considered great men that they were tall. Yet as we get older we realize that was just out imaginations having fun.

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Happy after-after-Independence-day!

I like the interesting background that huge buildings make behind Independence Hall. And the color contrast.

It does. I like the mix of old and new. In this case it doesn't detract from either.

Great photos and such an informative post and a very apt time to shar eit

Thanks for being an active Member of SteemUSA !tip

Thank you @tattoodjay

Most welcome, have a great weekend :)