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Aug 22 2007

New Year's Gay: Start 2008 In Philadelphia

The Mummers Parade Means Glitter, Feathers And Fun For Gay Travelers To Philly

New Year’s Day is an all-day party in Philadelphia, and it’s all centered around the Mummers Parade, a 106-year-old tradition that is part of what many locals consider the best “gay” day of the year.

Parade Basics:
The heart of the New Year’s Day celebration in Philadelphia rests on the Mummers Parade. On January 1, 2008 at 8:00 a.m., more than 12,000 men, women and children, wearing fabulous costumes, dancing and playing music, begin their strut up Broad Street, passing the nearby “Gayborhood” on the way to City Hall.

Divided into four divisions made up of the

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Tagged: Holidays, LGBT
Aug 9 2007

10 Must-Dos In Philly This Weekend And Next

Check Out Gophila.com For Events August 10-19, 2007

Visitors and residents looking for fun in Philadelphia each weekend need look no further than gophila.com. The region’s official tourism Web site will provide the lowdown on all of the weekend must-dos throughout the summer. For those looking to spend their weekend close to the action, the Philly Overnight® Hotel Package includes two-night accommodations, hotel parking, a Philly’s More Fun teddy bear and a value book with special offers to 60 area attractions, restaurants and shops. Here’s a look at what’s going on from August 10-19, 2007:
 

August 10-11, 17-18, 2007

  • Historic Philadelphia Nights at the National Constitution Center
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Tagged: Events
Jul 19 2007

What's New In Philadelphia And The Countryside®?

Summer 2007 And Beyond

Summer 2007:
Philadelphia’s Quest for Freedom
Across Philadelphia, the story of African-Americans is being told like never before. Thanks to a new initiative called Quest for Freedom, visitors to the city can follow the Underground Railroad and learn about prominent blacks from the era who influenced local, national and international history. The program encompasses living history programs, summer trolley tours, guided and self-guided walking tours, a Web site and a brochure, all of which help piece together the city’s anti-slavery movement by highlighting the struggles and triumphs of freedom-seekers. The tours even include a stop at the President’s House

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Jul 6 2007

10 Must-Dos In Philly This Weekend And Next

Check Out Gophila.com For Events July 6-15, 2007

Visitors and residents looking for fun in Philadelphia each weekend need look no further than gophila.com. The region’s official tourism Web site will provide the lowdown on all of the weekend must-dos throughout the summer. For those looking to spend their weekend close to the action, the Philly Overnight® Hotel Package includes two-night accommodations, parking, a Philly’s More Fun teddy bear and a coupon book with special offers at 60 area attractions, restaurants and shops. Here’s a look at what’s going on from July 6-15, 2007:

July 6, 2007

  • Bank of America Sounds of R&B Series: Jazmine Sullivan and Eric
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Tagged: Events
Jun 22 2007

10 Must-Dos In Philly This Weekend And Next

Check Out Gophila.com For Events June 22-July 1, 2007

Visitors and residents looking for fun in Philadelphia each weekend need look no further than gophila.com. The region’s official tourism Web site will provide the lowdown on all of the weekend must-dos throughout the summer. For those looking to spend their weekend close to the action, the Philly Overnight® Hotel Package includes two-night accommodations, parking, a Philly’s More Fun teddy bear and a coupon book with special offers at 60 area attractions, restaurants and shops. Here’s a look at what’s going on from June 22-July 1, 2007:
 

June 22, 2007

  • The Little Mermaid. The Missoula Children’s Theatre and
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Tagged: Events
Jun 21 2007

Boundless Philadelphia™ Hotel Package

Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation’s Boundless Philadelphia™ Hotel Package is the perfect option for outdoor enthusiasts eager to explore the region outside of the confines of a car. Visitors who take advantage of the package can park their automobile for free (or at a discounted rate) and then use the map pack they receive upon check-in to explore the region by foot or bike. The map pack also includes special offers for various tours and rentals. Here are the package details:

PACKAGE AVAILABILITY DATES:
Check in any night of the week, based upon availability, May 25-November 19, 2007

HOTEL PACKAGE

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Jun 19 2007

Pennsylvania's "Quest For Freedom" Program Kicks Off On Historic Juneteenth

Program to Highlight Key African-American Historical Attractions, Underground Railroad Sites

On June 19, 1865, more than two years after the Emancipation Proclamation, Union soldiers, led by Maj. Gen. Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas, with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free. This date is now celebrated throughout the United States as “Juneteenth,” a critical date in African-American history.
 

This “Juneteenth,” Pennsylvania is capturing its own piece of that history with the stories of African-American soldiers who fought in the American Revolution and Civil War, stories of freedom-seekers along the Underground Railroad passages in the state, and stories of abolitionists who risked their

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Jun 19 2007

Mayor Announces Site Review to Determine Next Steps for President’s House

Release provided by Independence National Historical Park

 Mayor John F. Street confirmed today that a task force is being assembled to determine next steps on the President’s House project in light of the remarkable and unanticipated archeological discoveries at the site. The task force will evaluate options for the site and present recommendations to Mayor Street and Park Superintendent Dennis Reidenbach within the next 60 days. The announcement came at the kickoff event for Philadelphia’s Quest for Freedom, an experience that promotes Philadelphia’s major and unique participation in African American history. The event was held at the National

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Jun 15 2007

Philadelphia Tourism Debuts New Series Of Ads To Run This Summer

GPTMC Also To Reach Out To Visitors With Special Interests

Summer’s here, and Philadelphia is ready to show potential visitors just how fun a trip to the region can be. The Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation (GPTMC) will run the next phase of the six-year-old Philly’s More Fun campaign to fuel the region’s $27 million per day tourism industry. Set to launch on June 18, the $1.7 million “Philly’s More” ad series will run heavily online and on television, radio and print in New York, Washington, DC and Hartford-New Haven, with an extensive outdoor effort to complement the visual aspect of the campaign. In total, GPTMC will spend more than

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Jun 15 2007

Quest For Freedom Tours, Programs And Activities

Summer 2007 Calendar of Events

LIVING HISTORY DAYS
During Living History Days, participants can hear about the danger and bravery of the Underground Railroad from the people who lived it, as historic re-enactors portray the lives of abolitionists, activists and others who lived the courage of their convictions..

Ongoing Programs:

  • Saturdays, June 30-Labor Day weekend, 2:00 p.m.: In Sun and Snow – Two young women—one black and one white—share their very different life experiences in Philadelphia during the days of slavery and the Underground Railroad in a one-act play based on real diaries. Atwater Kent Museum, 15 S. 7th Street, (215) 685-4830
  • Daily through
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Jun 13 2007

Philadelphia: Centuries After The Nation's Founding, Philadelphia's Independence National Historical Park Continues To Evolve

A Look At How The Park Has Proven To Be A Leader In Innovation

Long regarded as the birthplace of American democracy, Historic Philadelphia’s Independence National Historical Park (INHP) has been the site of many of the seminal events that carried the nation through its founding as a global leader of democratic ideals. But the park hasn’t remained static in the nearly two-and-a-half centuries since the Declaration of Independence was signed there on July 4, 1776. Instead, it has grown and progressed with the times, emerging in the early 21st century as a living model on history for the ever-evolving cycle of generations who come to experience it.

The Early Days:
The four blocks

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Tagged: History
Jun 13 2007

For Tourists To Historic Philadelphia, What's In A Name?

New Tourism Study On Old City, Society Hill And Independence Mall Identifies Challenges And Recommendations For The Area

When traveling, tourists frequently ask two questions: “Where am I?” and “Where am I going next?” With approximately $300 million invested over the last decade in redefining the visitor experience, Philadelphia’s historic district faces new marketing challenges, including what to name the area frequented by more than 10 million tourists a year. Philadelphia’s most popular historic attractions can be found in several different neighborhoods, namely Old City, Independence National Historical Park and Society Hill. But neighborhood boundary confusion perplexes those unfamiliar with the city, making it hard for them to figure out where they are, where they want to go

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Jun 13 2007

Historic Philadelphia Partners

Philadelphia’s most popular historic attractions can be found in several different neighborhoods, including Old City, Independence Mall and Society Hill. To educate visitors about all there is to do in this area, the Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation (GPTMC) conducted a seven-month research and planning project. This comprehensive marketing study of Historic Philadelphia was funded by a $144,000 grant from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Partners in the study:
 

  • African American Museum in Philadelphia
  • All About Tours
  • American Heritage Landmark Tours, Inc.
  • Arden Theatre Company
  • Atwater Kent Museum of Philadelphia
  • Betsy Ross House
  • The Big Bus Company
  • The Bourse
  • Carpenters'
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Jun 13 2007

Many Distinct Neighborhoods Give Flair To Historic Philadelphia

What’s In A Neighborhood? Restaurants, Shops, Galleries—And In Philadelphia Some Of The Most Significant Sites In American History

The area between Front to 7th Streets and Spruce to
Race Streets encompasses distinctive and dynamic neighborhoods that together make up Historic Philadelphia. Here’s a look at what distinguishes these vibrant communities:
 

Independence National Historical Park:
Regarded as the nation’s most historic square mile, Independence National Historical Park tells the story of how American democracy came to be through historic landmarks and attractions. New additions like the Liberty Bell Center and the National Constitution Center join classic favorites such as Independence Hall and the Betsy Ross House to take visitors back to the time of the nation’s Founding

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Jun 13 2007

Sites Throughout Historic Philadelphia Tell The Story Of The Nation's Founding

In Philadelphia, History Gets A Fun And Interactive Twist

The new Historic Philadelphia is home to many of the most significant historic sites in the country. From the original Independence Hall to the modern National Constitution Center, each place plays a pivotal role in telling the city’s—and the nation’s—story. Here is just a sampling of the don’t-miss attractions found in Historic Philadelphia:
 

American Originals:

  • While historians debate Betsy Ross’ role in making the first American flag, the Betsy Ross House offers an excellent portrayal of a working-class woman’s life in Colonial America. Visitors can tour the home of the nation’s best known seamstress and enjoy interactive
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Jun 13 2007

Independence Mall’s Major Milestones Beginning in 1732

For centuries, the historic land we now call Independence Mall has been known around the world as “America’s birthplace”—a proud designation it has earned for its role in the development of the guiding principles of the nation. But like the U.S. Constitution, Independence Mall has continuously evolved with time. Here’s a look at what has changed on “America’s most historic square mile” since before the Founding Fathers first set their quills to paper.
 

1700s:
1732 - Construction begins on Independence Hall, built as the State House of the Province of Pennsylvania. Construction is completed in 1756.

1775

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Jun 13 2007

Historic Philadelphia: GLBT Experience

It’s Liberty And Equality For All In Philadelphia

It’s only fitting that the city that created the American principles of liberty and equality for all would be the place where the rights for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender individuals are sought. Long known as one of the most tolerant cities in the country, Philadelphia has made history again and again at Independence National Historical Park, the site where the Founding Fathers drafted the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution. Here’s a look at the achievements that have been made in Philadelphia in the name of gay rights:

 

 

Annual Reminder:
An historical marker dedicated in

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Jun 8 2007

10 Must-Dos In Philly This Weekend And Next

Check Out Gophila.com For Events June 8-17, 2007

Visitors and residents looking for fun in Philadelphia each weekend need look no further than gophila.com. The region’s official tourism Web site will provide the lowdown on all of the weekend must-dos throughout the summer. For those looking to spend their weekend close to the action, the Philly Overnight® Hotel Package includes two-night accommodations, parking, a Philly’s More Fun teddy bear and a coupon book with special offers at 60 area attractions, restaurants and shops. Here’s a look at what’s going on from June 8-17, 2007:
 

Through June 17, 2007:

  • DanceBOOM! The Wilma Theater’s annual dance festival features two
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Tagged: Events
May 23 2007

Oh Canada! Society of American Travel Writers Head to Philadelphia for Summer Meeting

GPTMC Showcases The Region To Influential Canadian Media

Nearly 50 writers, photographers and travel professionals from all across Canada will convene in Philadelphia this summer for a meeting of the Society of American Travel Writers’ (SATW) Canadian Chapter, July 19-23, 2007.

Hosted by the Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation (GPTMC), the SATW meeting will include professional development sessions, along with themed tours showcasing the region’s best historic sites, cultural attractions, restaurants, shops and nightlife. GPTMC has worked with the Canadian chapter of SATW since late 2006 to develop the meeting tours, as well as pre- and post-conference trips to other areas of Pennsylvania.

“Destinations around the world compete

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May 21 2007

10 Must-Dos in Philly This Week and Next

Check Out Gophila.com For Events May 24-June 3, 2007

Visitors and residents looking for fun in Philadelphia each weekend need look no further than gophila.com. The region’s official tourism Web site will provide the lowdown on all of the weekend must-dos throughout the summer. For those looking to spend their weekend close to the action, the Philly Overnight® Hotel Package includes two-night accommodations, hotel parking, a Philly’s More Fun teddy bear and a value book with special offers to 60 area attractions, restaurants and shops. Here’s a look at what’s going on from May 24-June 3, 2007:

May 24-June 3, 2007:

  • Devon Horse Show and County Fair. Celebrating its
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Tagged: Events