Some Philly historical sites affected by government shutdown

Pat Toddy
December 23, 2018 - 10:48 am
Side view of the Independence Hall in Philadelphia.



PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — It's a slight change of plans facing visitors to the cradle of liberty as the Liberty Bell has to come off the to-do list, a casualty of the government shutdown. 

Another top attraction is also off-limits for now, says Amy Needle, president and CEO of Historic Philadelphia.

"If this is their one shot to see Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell, obviously they won't be able to do that," said Needle. 

But the list of history hot spots open in Philadelphia runs much longer.

"The Betsy Ross House, Constitution Center, the new American Revolution Museum, the African American Museum, the Jewish Museum, and so many of these attractions are having special holiday programming," Needle said. 

Franklin Square, at 6th and Race streets, will continue to shine during the shutdown. 

Get treated to a free illuminating experience at Franklin Square with dazzling light shows that begin glowing daily at 4.30 p.m. and dancing to music from the Philly Pops.

And to make sure that you're beginning your tour on the right foot, "a great place to start is the Visitor's Center," Needle suggested.

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