Stanczyk loves the history of our nation (USA). The U.S. history is much younger than our European ancestral villages. But, in 2013, we will celebrate and remember the Battle of Gettysburg July 1-3rd, 1863 on its 150th anniversary.
Philadelphia is the cradle of American Civilization. During the Fourth of July Celebration (Welcome America), in addition to the normal July 4th celebrations, there will be additional events this year, the 150th after the battle of Gettysburg.
Philadelphia ‘a living monument’ to the Civil War [Philadelphia Inquirer article]
There are so many historical and genealogical things to experience beyond the fireworks & concerts:
- Reading of the Declaration (by Independence Hall) on July 8th
- Visit Laurel Hill Cemetery – General Meade is buried here above the Schuykill River
- Civil War Reenactors in Gettysburg (before and after the 4th)
- Constitution Center
- Liberty Bell
- Civil War Museum
- Historical Society of PA (1300 Locust Street, Phila.)
- Map: Civil War left its mark on Philadelphia
- More on Gettysburg’s 150th anniversary
- Military Graves locator