Help Make It Possible
|Friends of Independence National Historical Park is excited to announce our new campaign to relocate the Bicentennial Bell to a newly renovated garden at the corner of 3rd and Walnut Streets in Philadelphia.
The Bicentennial Bell was given to the United States of America from Great Britain in 1976 in honor of the 200th anniversary of American Independence. The bell, which was dedicated on July 6, 1976 by her majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, was given to show the joint heritage and purposes of the British and American peoples. On that day, Queen Elizabeth II shared her gratitude to America’s Founding Fathers for teaching the British “to respect the right of others to govern themselves in their own way.”
The bell was placed in a tower outside of the park’s original visitor center at 3rd and Chestnut Streets and resided there until 2013 when it was removed and placed in storage. Today, we are raising money to renovate the garden at 3rd and Walnut Streets and relocate the Bicentennial Bell to this green space in the park. This project will prominently display the Bicentennial Bell in the garden and make it accessible to the public. This will be the first time since being hung in the tower that people will be able to walk around the bell and see it up close.
This project will achieve the goal that was set when the Bicentennial Bell was cast in 1976 …… to show the world that two great nations that started in strife and war can become great partners and allies. Help us make the Bicentennial Bell Garden possible and donate today!