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Philadephia celebrates & honors Ben Franklin’s 308th birthday

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Did you know? One of the many aphorisms of Philadelphia's most famous founding father, Benjamin Franklin, whose 308th birthday celebration begins in the city next week.

Ben Franklin is actually still quite the celebrity and his approaching 308th birthday on January 17, 2014 is cause for many festivities in his longtime home of Philadelphia. According to recent press specs received from Visit Philadelphia; free admission to new Benjamin Franklin Museum, a Franklin-themed getaway giveaway, birthday parties and appearances by Ben himself are among the festivities to honor America’s favorite Founding Father.

Check out parties & processions not to mention tours & tales created by Philadelphians to mark Ben’s big day:

  • The American Philosophical Society (APS), one of the many organizations created by Ben, honors its founder during Benjamin Franklin’s Birthday 2014 Celebration – Observing the World. Representatives from various organizations bearing a Franklin birthright gather at APS and proceed to Franklin’s grave at Christ Church Burial Ground for a wreath-laying and tributes. January 17, 2014. The procession starts at 427 Chestnut Street; ends at 5th & Arch Streets, Philadelphia, PA 19106.
  • At the National Constitution Center, visitors can get their photo taken with a life-size statute of Ben in Signers’ Hall, sign his birthday card and then enjoy some birthday cake. In honor of Franklin’s 308th birthday, guests also enjoy $3.08 off general admission tickets. The event takes place on January 17, 2014 at the following address 525 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106. Call (215) 409-6700 for more information.
  • The over-21 set joins a Colonial guide for the Tippler’s Tour with Ben Franklin, a rollicking pub crawl with stops for drinks and snacks at four Old City establishments. Franklin himself joins the tour along the way and stays for a chat at City Tavern, the final stop. The event takes place on January 17 and 18, 2014 at the Historic Philadelphia Center located at 6th & Chestnut Streets, Philadelphia, PA 19106. Call (215) 629-4026 for more information.
  • You should know throughout the 18th and 19th century, Philadelphia was a publishing powerhouse thanks in large part to Benjamin Franklin and Edgar Allan Poe. The Franklin and Poe: Philadelphia’s Adopted Literary Sons program in the Second Bank of the United States share the duo’s literary accomplishments and their roles in shaping American culture. The event takes place on January 17 & 19, 2014 at the following address 420 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19139. Call (215) 965-2305 for more information.
  • More than three centuries after his birth, Franklin remains ageless in his many portraits. Ben buffs can join a National Park Service ranger for the Happy Birthday Benjamin Franklin program in the Portrait Gallery at the Second Bank of the United States. It highlights photos of Franklin and his contemporaries and touches on how their contributions continue to impact the world today. The event takes place during January 17-19, 2014 at the following address 420 Chestnut Street,Philadelphia, PA 19139. Call (215) 965-2305 for more information.
  • At the Historic Philadelphia Center, revelers can meet Ben in person, listen to stories about the famed American and partake in other family-friendly activities during Ben Franklin’s Birthday Celebration. Look forward to free birthday cake at 1:00 p.m. on January 17, 2014. The event takes place during January 17-19, 2014 at the Historic Philadelphia Center, 6th & Chestnut Streets, Philadelphia, PA 19106. Call (215) 629-4026 for more information.

Travelers can also call and stop into the Independence Visitor Center for additional information and tickets.

Did you know? Philadelphia, PA is on the list of 10 biggest U.S. cities.

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