Liberty Bell, Independence Hall to reopen Friday amid partial government shutdown

Some of America's most historic attractions will reopen on Friday despite the partial federal government shutdown, Mayor Jim Kenney's office announced on Thursday,

Mayor Kenney, VISIT PHILADELPHIA President and CEO Jeff Guaracino and Superintendent of Independence National Historical Park Cynthia MacLeod announced that Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell Center are among the attractions that will reopen from Friday to Sunday.

"These sites represent the democratic ideals that our country was founded on, and I encourage residents and visitors to use this as an opportunity to reflect on our past and our future," said Mayor Kenney in a press release.

The Independence National Historical Park says the Christmas holiday week regularly draws 70,000 to 100,000 visitors, making it their second busiest time of the year behind Forth of July.

VISIT PHILADELPHIA is donating around $32,000 to the National Park Service to cover the cost to keep the landmarks open for three days. Visitors will not need to purchase tickets.

"Leisure tourism to Philadelphia is a big part of our regional economy," said Guaracino. "We felt that it was important during this very busy holiday week to make Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell Center available to our visitors and residents."

Other attractions that will reopen include Franklin Square, Christ Church, Betsy Ross House and the Museum of American Revolution.