Family fun night! Ice cream truck, Free glow sticks, and Vince’s
Cheeesteak food truck! Come out for a night a fun!
Saturday, July 22 7 PM – 9:30 PM 2465 Wehr Mill Rd, Allentown
ALLENTOWN’S LIBERTY BELL MUSEUM
Every year, millions of people see the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia. However, did you know that the Liberty Bell was once hidden away under the basement floorboards of a church in Allentown, Pennsylvania? By visiting the Liberty Bell Museum, you can learn about one of the most fascinating rescue missions in American history.
Hidden in carts amongst hay and manure, the Liberty Bell, then known as the Pennsylvania State House bell, and other large bells from city churches (including the bell at Christ Church) were secreted out of the city. The bells arrived in Bethlehem on September 23. The following day, the 11 bells were hidden under the basement floorboards in Zion’s Reformed Church in Allentown (known at the time as Northampton Town).
The bells would stay hidden at the church until the British left Philadelphia in June 1778. However, the Pennsylvania State House’s bell tower was damaged, and the Liberty Bell was placed in storage until 1785.
In addition to the displays related to the Liberty Bell, the museum also has several pieces of local history. These include pictures and information on how the museum was set up and the church’s original bell. This bell would have also rung on July 8, 1776 when the Declaration of Independence was first read in Allentown.
Hours: Monday-Saturday: 12p-4p Cost: Adults:$2, Children
$1 Address: 622 West Hamilton Street, Allentown