The Fourth of July began with a reading of the declaration of independence on the steps of the national archives complete with Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, and Benjamin Franklin. Then we went down constitution ave a little ways to stake out a place under a tree for the Parade. The parade was a good time, lots of bands from all over the country, they had some trouble with balloons though.
|In case you don't know what that is it is an octabike (one that 8 people ride)|
|This was the Hari Khrishna float, |
which we don't really know why it was the
final float of the independence day parade,
but whatever floats your float I guess.
On Friday Morning we left for Valley Forge. When we crossed over from Delaware into PA I could actually see Chester and some the streets I walked and houses I knocked on as a missionary. We stayed at the campus of the freedom foundation at valley forge so we went there first and unloaded our stuff and had lunch. In the afternoon we toured the camp via our bus with our tour guide Rob, who came with complete colonial attire.
The place where we stayed, the freedom foundation, has more monuments on its property than I have ever seen, they are everywhere. I'm not quite sure why but they are pretty cool. Here's a couple I saw in the afternoon during some open time.
|Colorado's medal of honor monument in the medal of honor grove.|
The next day in the morning I took a walk and looked at some of more of the monuments.
Then we had breakfast and it was off to Philly! I was so excited. I got to do a lot of things in Philly that I hadn't seen as a missionary. We went to the Constitution center for two presentations, toured independence hall, and saw the Liberty Bell. I also saw the location of Benjamin Franklins house and grave and a model of his printing press, and ate a real philly cheesesteak at the Reading Market. I was sad to have to leave the city of Brotherly love when the day was over.
|Outside Independence Hall (the old state house)|
|Signing the Constitution|
|Me and my old pal Ben|
|The original pay phone used by the founding fathers|
|Me in the old court room|
|The place it all went down in 76 and 87|
|The Liberty bell|
|Ben's printing press|