The Liberty Bell is truly a symbol of American independence. What better time to think about our own beloved bell as we prepare to celebrate the 4th of July. But did you know it wasn’t always known as the Liberty Bell? It originally was referred to as The State House Bell and it rang in the tower of the Pennsylvania State House (now known as Independence Hall).
Hopefully you’ve had a chance to visit our historic symbol of freedom, but if not, here are some facts you may not know about our Liberty Bell:
- Was originally cast at London’s Whitechapel Bell Foundry and arrived in Philadelphia in August of 1752.
- The bell’s metal was brittle and the bell cracked on a test strike. It had to be recast twice but cracking continued to be a problem.
- Weight: 2,080 lbs
- Size: 12 feet circumference, 3 feet from the lip to the crown.
- Composition: 70% copper, 20% tin. The balance is comprised of lead, zinc, arsenic, gold and silver.
- The bell was rung on July 8, 1776 to celebrate the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence.
- It’s displayed in a glass chamber with Independence Hall in the background.
If you want to visit: The bell is housed at 6th and Market Street in Philadelphia, PA.
Enjoy your July 4th holiday whether you are spending it alone or with friends. Sadly, I’ve noticed over the years, many folks just don’t bother putting a flag out anymore. It doesn’t matter if it’s large or small — any size will do. It’s important to show your support of our freedom and independence. We are so fortunate to live in the land of the free and the home of the brave.
HAPPY JULY 4TH!