A Philadelphia Fourth

On Wednesday, July 4, 2012, us Vlk history nerds woke up really early and drove to Philadelphia to celebrate the Fourth of July in the birthplace of our nation. Once there, we spent about 9 hours touring the historic and iconic parts of the city. Which of course, included Independence Hall, the Second Bank of the United States and the U.S. Mint.

(L-R) waiting outside Independence Hall in 90+ degree heat, Alex in his “Graceland”, outside the Mint because no pictures were allowed inside, Alex outside the 2nd B.U.S. with a twenty, sorry Jackson, and the back of $2 bill in the place were the picture was “made”.

Other elements of the day included seeing the Parker Brothers “Monument” basically a big plaza full of larger than life sized game pieces, Benjamin Franklin’s grave, free cupcakes, surviving the heat, enduring the walk through the seedier parts of the city, cheese steaks, and of course, fireworks. We were able to watch them from our hotel room, 24 stories up overlooking the city. It was fantastic.

Other fun elements of our time away from home included a trip to Valley Forge where, as our tour guide reminded us, American soldiers fought for the freedom that the signers of the Declaration of Independence declared, and our first trip to Delaware, the first state to become part of the United States. A lot of firsts, a lot of history, a lot of fireworks, a lot of fun. A lot of love for this country.

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