At this stately building in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, thirteen British colonies became a new nation.
Today Independence Hall seems almost miniature with the modern city of Philadelphia that has grown around it. However, during the formative years of a new nation, Philadelphia’s Independence Hall played a giant role as the birthplace of the United States. The documents written and approved by the patriots who met here created the foundations of a government which has stood for 230 years.
When it was built in 1732, Independence Hall was considered a most ambitious project for the colonials. Finished in 1756, it served as the capitol building of the Colony of Pennsylvania. The Second Continental Congress met here in 1775. That illustrious body adopted the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. The document was first read in public in Independence Square four days later.