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Valley Forge Park: Four for the Fourth of July

Valley Forge Park: Independence in history and options to tour-slide0
Kathy Martin ( Valley Forge Park

Here are four ways to enjoy the Fourth of July at Valley Forge National Historic Park. While there is certainly a grand welcoming of visitors at other areas of Philadelphia, Valley Forge Park welcomes you to its history, and even a community picnic, on this Fourth of July. Explore the history of America’s fight for independence, choosing your approach and enjoying special cook-out, music and demonstrations.

Steer your way to freedom

The self-touring options, around Valley Forge Park, offer the freedom of choosing your own timing and length of tour, as well as, quiet independence, while traveling along monuments, cabins, and gorgeous vistas. The driving route directs you along the Encampment Tour route, with nine key sites of American history, well-marked, for a stop, if you choose. The route weaves you along both two-way roads, and narrow mountain roads that are often quiet of any traffic. This is especially appreciated on the busy Fourth of July. To enhance your drive, consider purchasing a CD audio tour or free cell phone download of tour prompts to be used on your phone. The bike option may begin from bike rental, if desired. Rentals are available at the Canteen Snack Bar, directly across from the parking lots of Valley Forge Park. The bike trails run mostly parallel to the driving route, although segregated, specifically, as a bike and walking trail. Well-paved, this route allows you the freedom of a good work out while learning and exploring our history of our fight for independence.

Take guidance from the experts

Two options to be led by experts, around the grand parade of Valley Forge Park, include the ranger-led walk and the trolley tour. Each tour option leaves from the visitor center at select times in the morning and afternoon. And both offer time at the Muhlenberg Brigade Huts where artillery demonstrations will be presented this Fourth of July. The 40 minute ranger-led walk is a guided quarter-mile walk along the Joseph Plumb Martin Trail to the Muhlenberg Huts. The old-fashioned trolley tour is a 90-minute guided tour with additional extended stop at Washington’s Quarters. Relax, learn, tour, and enjoy with other comrades, these grandiose grounds so steeped in the history of our independence.

Whichever option you choose, to experience Valley Forge Park, you will want to schedule some time at the Visitor’s Center lawn for special Fourth of July games, food, music and celebration. There will be revolutionary fun and plenty of picnic food to enjoy under the grand shade trees of the Visitor Center lawn. Celebration of freedom, and the park’s 3,500 acres of American history to explore, pick from these four tour options to express your independence.

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