PHILADELPHIA, July 18, 2016 – Donkey charms, donkey ceramics, donkey scarves, donkey soaps, donkey everything and anything: These are just some of the Philly-designed finds for sale around town during the Democratic National Convention (DNC). Year round, visitors to the city stock up on tricorn hats, feather quill pens and miniature Rocky statues, but July 25 through 28 will be the time to scoop up memorabilia to mark a milestone in U.S. history.
Philadelphia PA, - Wawa hero award 2016 winner SPIN - Special People in Northeast, or SPIN, provides services for children and adults who face intellectual, developmental and autism spectrum disabilities. The organization currently supports more than 3,500 babies, kids and adults in the area with recreational and educational activities.
PHILADELPHIA (July, 1 2016) – Wawa Welcome America’s culminating festival events – Party on the Parkway and July 4th Concert– will feature more live music, free performances and culinary offerings than ever before. The culinary offerings highlight and celebrate the melting pot of America. A variety of Philly-focused food vendors and food trucks will create an amalgamation of taste and flavor from different cultures featuring some of the all-time American favorites and food from Costa Rica, Japan, Jamaica and more!
Benjamin Franklin: Philadelphia’s favorite Founding Father continues to influence his adopted city. His name, likeness and philosophies permeate Philadelphia, and for good reason. The short list: He discovered electricity in storm clouds; founded the University of Pennsylvania, the American Philosophical Society and the country’s first volunteer fire department; invented bifocals, swim fins and the lightning rod; published Poor Richard’s Almanack and the country’s first political cartoon; helped to draft the Declaration of Independence; and signed the Declaration and the Constitution. What does his gravestone say? “Printer.” Franklin fans throw pennies on it—in honor of his penny-saved-penny-earned advice—at Christ Church Burial Ground. Arch Street, between 4th & 5th Streets, (215) 922-1695, christchurchphila.org
Getting Around Philadlephia:
- On Foot: Locals like to walk. It’s the easiest way to get around. In fact, Philadelphia ranks fourth for most walkable cities in the country, according to WalkScore.
PHLASH: Fast, convenient and affordable. That’s the purple PHLASH bus. Riders pay $2 per ride or $5 for a day pass to get to 22 stops along its attraction-heavy route. The PHLASH runs every day in the summer and winter holiday seasons and on Friday, Saturday and Sunday in the fall. ridephillyphlash.com
SEPTA: Philadelphia’s public transit system includes buses, trolleys, subways and the Regional Rail. The Broad Street Line (locals call it the subway) runs north and south along Broad Street, making it the best option for getting from Center City to the stadium area in South Philadelphia, where four of the city’s professional sports teams play. SEPTA typically runs express service during game times. The Market-Frankford Line (dubbed “the El” for its above-ground portions) takes the east-west route along Market Street, and it goes through northeastern neighborhoods including Northern Liberties and Fishtown. For both lines, riders can pay $2.25 in cash (exact change) or purchase tokens in packs of two, five or 10 at local newsstands and at the machines located at many of the subway and El stations. SEPTA is slowly introducing a Key Card system, which should be fully operational in 2017. septa.org
Indego: People can traverse the city’s 240 miles of bike lanes by using Indego, Philadelphia’s popular bike-share program named after sponsor Independence Blue Cross. It’s easy to find one of the more than 100 docking stations, and the simple credit card machine takes less than a minute to use. Single 30-minute rides cost $4, and the monthly pass is $15. rideindego.com
Taxis: They’re easy to flag down, especially in Center City. The light on the top of the cab means it’s available.
Uber, Lyft, 215-Get-A-Cab: Need a ride? There are a few apps for that. uber.com, lyft.com, 215getacab.com
William Penn (October 14, 1644–July 30, 1718): Founded in 1682, Philadelphia was William Penn’s “Holy Experiment.” King Charles II repaid a debt he owed to Penn’s father by giving the young Quaker a parcel of land the king called Pennsylvania, meaning “Penn’s Woods.” Penn decided to design a city based on his religion’s ideal of equality—radical for the time—where Quakers, Catholics, Anglicans and Jews lived alongside one another. Resident’s welcoming nature harkens back to the city’s founder, who called the city Philadelphia, a combination of the Greek words for “brother” and “love.” (Fun fact: Humble Quaker that he was, Penn didn’t like the boastful name Pennsylvania.) Though many think it’s Benjamin Franklin that’s a statue of William Penn on top of City Hall.
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