4th of July + Philly Adventures

Visit Independence Hall, Philadelphia

It’s been a whirlwind of a trip since I first landed out here on the east coast last week. Matt has been able to make it out twice since I’ve been here and I’ve had plenty of quality with my family. 

Matt was able to make it out to celebrate the 4th of July with my family and me. This was the first time he got to meet my family since they all live in New Jersey and Pennsylvania and I’d have to say it was a success!

New Jersey Family BBQ

Following a fun day of the beach and barbecuing on the 4th, Matt and I traveled to Philadelphia to see some of the historical sites. For it being the day after the 4th of July, it was not very crowded at Independence Hall. Although, that could have been a result of the high heat and humidity we had that day. 

Visit Independence Hall, Philadelphia
Visit Philadelphia, PA

Growing up in close proximity to Philadelphia, I’ve spent many days there from school field trips to exploring the city as an adolescent and young adult. It was the first city I learned to love to explore and it was very special to be able to share it with Matt. He had a blast!

There are so many little historical spots around Independence Hall and my favorite way to see the area is really just to wander it. Down almost every street in the Old City area surrounding Independence Hall you’ll find peaceful gardens, historical landmarks, and little museums. 

Visit Philadelphia, PA
Visit Philadelphia, PA

Of course, we couldn’t end our city stroll without trying a new coffee spot. We stumbled upon Menagerie Coffee for some iced lattes to beat the heat and wandered some of the cute surrounding neighborhoods before saying goodbye to this magnificent city.

Menagerie Coffee, Philadelphia, PA
Visit Philadelphia, PA

What are some of your favorite historical cities or sites to visit? I’d love to hear about it!

Coffee: Menagerie Coffee

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