Philadelphia - the Birthplace of Freedom
In 1776, the USA was declared a free nation and its constitution was signed in Philadelphia. The 4th of July and Philadelphia go hand-in-hand. A day of celebration kicked off, with a ceremony right in front of historic Independence Hall.
Charles Graham, a Philly native says, " I was born here, it's my city .I love history, this is the perfect place to be."
"Where else would you want to be? This is the birthplace of America...best place to be on the 4th of July,” adds Marisa Decandido, from North Wales, PA
Red, white and blue is represented all over this area- the cradle of democracy. Citizens marked the nation's birthday.
Rich Sachs, at the King of Prussia, says "We founded this country on certain great principles, hard principles,difficult principles, and here we are to celebrate that a couple of hundred years later.”
Lauren Graham explains, "I'm young, under 30 but it means a lot to be here and to celebrate the 4th of July. I know the declaration of independence was signed here,so it means a lot to me."
From the recited words of the declaration of independence, to 13 immigrants becoming US citizens today, this is a scene our founding fathers would be proud of!
"It means to me- freedom," exclaims one immigrant.
"Independence day to me means celebrating our history, and all the sacrifices people have made in the past so that we can live the lives we do today” says another.
Whatever the mood across the nation, one thing is for sure- the 4th is a day to look back with pride, look at the present with positivity and look to the future with hope.
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