Children and re-enacators take part in the Colonial Kids Quest special event (above), in which helpful two- and four-legged friends lend a hand (or paw) as kids hunt for the missing Declaration of Independence.

 

Philadelphia: The Cradle of Liberty

Philadelphia is where the American Dream was founded. It's where courageous visionaries crafted the model for modern-day democracy that inspires people globally to embrace the power of their individuality and our human potential.

Philadelphia is home to iconic places such as Independence Hall, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that changed the world when the fathers of our nation used the location to debate and adopt both the Declaration of Independence and U.S. Constitution.

Within that square mile, visitors also will find:

- The Liberty Bell, a symbol of freedom that predates our nation's birth. Myth holds it sustained its trademark crack when it was rung to announce the signing of the Declaration of Independence.

- The President's House, where both George Washington and John Adams spent most of their presidencies before the White House was built in Washington, D.C.

- The National Constitution Center, an interactive museum dedicated to the document on which our nation was founded, and the impact different interpretations of the document have had on the nation and world since it was adopted in 1789.

- Carpenter's Hall, the meeting place of the First Continental Congress in 1774. The seed of the American Revolution were planted here when delegates from 12 of the 13 colonies agreed to boycott British imports.

- Franklin Court, the Philadelphia home of statesman, author, printer, inventor, postmaster, activist and more. The building also is the nation's first post office.

- And more.

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