Philadelphia. The City of Brotherly Love. The home of the Liberty Bell and Benjamin Franklin. A Bruce Springsteen song. A Tom Hanks/Denzel Washington movie. Philly.
At one and a half million people, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania is the fifth largest city in the United States. Rich in history, it is the home of Independence Hall, where the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution were adopted by the Founding Fathers of the United States.
The city was founded by William Penn in 1682, and was the largest city in the original 13 colonies. It served as the first U.S. capital city until construction was completed on Washington D.C. in the year 1800.
There is no end to the number of tourist attractions available in Philly. History buffs will love the revolutionary war sites. There are major colleges (University of Pennsylvania, Temple University), art museums, the Franklin Mint, convention centers, and so much more. Movie and television buffs can see filming locations for The Sixth Sense, Rocky, Philadelphia, thirtysomething, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Fringe, Se7en, The Wrestler, and National Treasure.
Founded by William Penn, Philadelphia has had many famous residents, even after Benjamin Franklin and Betsy Ross. Kevin Bacon is from Philly, and everyone is apparently connected to him by a mere six degrees. Grace Kelly was from Philly and became a princess. Richard Gere, Will Smith, author Chiam Potok, boxer Joe Frazier, famed anthropologist Margaret Mead, jazz genius Stan Getz, and Bill Cosby are just a few famous Philadelphians.
Music fans love Philly for being the birthplace of American Bandstand, the hallmark of early rock and roll music. The Philadelphia Academy of Music has been hosting musical performances since 1857. Famous musicians from the city include Marian Anderson, Mario Lanza, and Chubby Checker. The city also hosts many annual music events and festivals, including the West oak Lane Jazz Festival, the Philadelphia Folk Festival, and the annual New Year’s Day Mummer’s Parade.