If ever there were a time to celebrate Americana Week, it would be this one that gives us the Fourth of July in the middle of the work week. While you’re gearing up for the festivities, you might want to take a second look at the attractions of Philadelphia. Its logo is the Liberty Bell. It’s tag line: Life. Liberty. And you.
Everyone knows that Philly is Betsy Ross’s house, Independence Hall, Penn’s Landing. Any tour of Old City brings you face to face with foundations of this country, creating a renewal of American pride.
In addition, the museums are among the finest in the world. A recent initiative called With Art Philadelphia highlights the cultural side of the city. It has, for instance, the self-proclaimed most artistic mile in the country, running from City Hall to the Philadelphia Museum of Art. A recent ad in The Atlantic stressed the attractions within that artistic mile. For instance, there is an extensive collection of artifacts at the Penn Museum that provides insights into
ancient rulers. And then the Greek columns of the Philadelphia Museum of Art Welcome you. (The Rodin exhibit is currently running.)
Nearby, The Barnes Collections hosts a remarkable collection of Impressionist and Post Impressionist paintings. The Barnes itself is a delight, given its layering of treasures right through the items in the gift shop by Jonathan Mandell, the mosaic artist who captured the rooms in mosaic.
The ad suggests that as you make your way “from museum to museum,” take a moment to appreciate the natural beauty of the gardens overseen by the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society.
Best suggestion we have for you is celebrate this Fourth of July as if it were the highlight of the year. And if you can get to Philadelphia, do it. You’ll rediscover what our forefathers have wrought in a very personal way. And, if you follow the With Art Philadelphia campaign, you’ll be able to create a personal experience that fits into your family’s objectives and framework. Fourth of July. Americana Week. It doesn’t get any more personal.