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Independence After Hours

A sneak peek at Philadelphia’s history

The Independence After Hours tour through Historic Philadelphia.

The Independence After Hours tour through Historic Philadelphia is filled with Colonial characters and gives an exclusive opportunity to explore inside of Independence Hall at night. Credit: Photo courtesy Historic Philadelphia Inc.


May 26 - June 10, 2017 (Fridays and Saturdays, 5:30 p.m.)
June 13 - August 12 (Tuesday through Saturday, 5:30 p.m.)
August 18 - October 21, 2017 (Fridays and Saturdays, 5:30 p.m.)


This evening walking tour visits some of the landmarks of Philadelphia’s Historic District and is populated with Colonial characters who bring history to life right in the place where it happened.

Independence After Hours tour-takers walk through the shadows of Independence Hall during an exclusive opportunity to go inside at night, with no crowds, and experience what those late nights of the summer of 1776 were like for the Founding Fathers.

The evening begins with a delicious three-course meal at the historic City Tavern where Colonial townspeople entertain guests. The Colonial host then “sneaks” everyone into the Pennsylvania State House (Independence Hall), once he talks his way past the vigilant night watchman.

Inside the hall, visitors witness several Founding Fathers deep in discussion over the creation of the Declaration of Independence.

The tour runs select days, late May through October, and departs from the Museum of the American Revolution at 2nd and Chestnut streets.

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