Philadelphia's biggest tourist attraction is probably the Liberty Bell. In general, the campaign serves as a symbol of American independence and is something that the masses of people visit regularly. The Liberty Bell has a famous crack and is now kept safe in a visible area open to anyone. It is said that the Liberty Bell rang on July 8, 1776 to gather the citizens of Philadelphia to hear the first reading of the Declaration of Independence.
One of the best things about Philadelphia is seeing the true birthplace of the United States and the Freedom Campaign represents it for everyone. The Pennsport neighborhood and Gray's Ferry section of South Philadelphia, home to many Mummer clubs, are well known as Irish neighborhoods. The Protestant Christian community in Philadelphia is dominated by major Protestant denominations, including the Evangelical Lutheran Church in the United States, the United Church of Christ, the Episcopal Church in the United States, the Presbyterian Church (U.S. United States) and the American Baptist Churches of the United States.
There were several cities called Philadelphia in the eastern Mediterranean during the Greek and Roman periods, including one (modern Alaşehir) mentioned as the site of an early Christian congregation in the Book of Revelation. In 1815, Philadelphia began supplying water through Fairmount Water Works on the Schuylkill River, the country's first major urban water supply system. Large-scale construction projects for new roads, canals and railroads made Philadelphia the first major industrial city in the United States. Woodhaven Road (Route 6) and Cottman Avenue (Route 7) serve neighborhoods in Northeast Philadelphia, between I-95 and Roosevelt Boulevard.
Along with the Liberty Bell, Philadelphia is home to Independence Hall, almost directly across the street. Philadelphia is home to the Philadelphia Big 5, a group of five NCAA Division I college basketball programs. The Philadelphia Orchestra is generally considered to be one of the five best orchestras in the United States. Philadelphia hosted the First Continental Congress in 1774 after the Boston Tea Party, preserved the Liberty Bell and hosted the Second Continental Congress, during which the founders signed the Declaration of Independence, which historian Joseph Ellis has described as the most powerful and transcendent words in history from the United States.
Northeast Philadelphia, although known for its Irish and Irish-American population, is also home to a large Jewish and Russian population. Since the earliest days of rail transportation in the United States, Philadelphia has served as a hub for several major rail companies, most notably the Pennsylvania Railroad and the Reading Railroad. Philadelphia is home to many national historic sites related to the founding of the United States. Philadelphia's neighborhoods are divided into large North, Northeast, South, Southwest, West, and Northwest sections surrounding Center City, which closely correspond to the city limits before consolidation in 1854. There are a significant number of famous breweries and businesses open in the city of Philadelphia that give the city its own flavor.