A Brief History on the City of Brotherly Love
Famous as the birthplace of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, Philadelphia delivers one destination, five counties and countless things to do: fascinating museums, vibrant parks, national historic sites and famous (and delicious) food.
- Philadelphia is one of the oldest municipalities in the United States.
- Philadelphia played an instrumental role in the American Revolution as a meeting place for the Founding Fathers of the United States, who signed the Declaration of Independence in 1776 at the Second Continental Congress, and the Constitution at the Philadelphia Convention of 1787.
- In the 19th century, Philadelphia became a major industrial center and a railroad hub. The city grew from an influx of European immigrants, most of whom came from Ireland, Italy and Germany.
- In the early 20th century, Philadelphia became a prime destination for African Americans during the Great Migration after the Civil War. The city’s population doubled from one million to two million people between 1890 and 1950.
- Philadelphia is the birthplace of the United States Marine Corps, and is also the home of many U.S. firsts, including the first library (1731), hospital (1751), medical school (1765), national capital (1774), stock exchange (1790), zoo (1874), and business school (1881).
- Philadelphia contains 67 National Historic Landmarks and the World Heritage Site of Independence Hall.
Learn more about Philadelphia and fun things to do while in town at VisitPhilly.com
Tips on Getting Here
Philadelphia is 100 miles south of New York, 133 miles north of Washington, D.C., and 55 miles from Atlantic City. More than 63 million people live within a 5.5-hour drive from Philadelphia.
Alternatively to driving, you can use Amtrak, which provides service along the Northeast Corridor, or Greyhound, operating bus service throughout the region. The wallet-friendly Megabus and BoltBus lines connect Philly with Boston, NY and DC.
Philadelphia International Airport (PHL), approximately 7 miles from Center City offers nearly 500 daily departures.