Spend some time today reading about July 4th 1776!

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” -The Delcaration of Independence

Independence Hall

Yesterday my family and I visited Independence Square in Philadelphia Pennsylvania. Was saw Independence Hall where on July 4th 1776 the Declaration of Independence was signed. Did you know the reason why John Hancock signed his name so large was because he said he wanted King George the Third of England to be able to read it without his glasses on!

The American Philosophical Library

While we were wandering around we also saw the American Philosophical Society Library which was started by Benjamin Franklin (who helped Thomas Jefferson write the Declaration of Independence) in 1743.

National Constitution Center

We also went to the National Constitution Center and saw the Liberty Bell, well actually the line for the Liberty Bell was too long but I got to see it through a window!

To learn more about historic Philadelphia click on – www.visitphilly.com !

We bought a couple of books about the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. I also got a kids book called –

John, Paul, George and Ben

By Lane Smith

Published in 2006 by Hyperion

40 pages – Ages 5+

The book gives a very funny introduction to some of the important people in American history (John Hancock, Paul Revere, George Washington, Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson). The book is a hilarious mix of facts and story telling. There is a true or false section in the back so you don’t get your history facts mixed up with what is story telling. My whole family laughed out loud at this book!

“I cannot live without books.” Thomas Jefferson.

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4 replies

  1. Hi Erik!
    I’ve been to see the Liberty Bell and Independence, but not in a long time. I haven’t been to the Constitution Center yet, but it looks really cool.

  2. Hi Erik,

    We just spent Saturday down in Philadelphia and took the boys for a walking tour and to the Franklin Institute. I’m going to look for that book for Nolan. Thanks for the review!

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