Gather together with other freedom-loving folks for an evening of rejoicing and remembering our nation’s journey to independence in the Historic City Tavern — location of the First Fourth of July Celebration in 1777, and George Washington’s Pre-Inaugural Ball.When John Adams arrived in Philadelphia in August of 1774 to attend the First Continental Congress, he was greeted by leading citizens and immediately taken to the tavern he would call “the most genteel tavern in America”. The tavern Adams referred to, City Tavern, was not yet a year old and was already caught in momentous events. A few months earlier, Paul Revere had ridden up to the Tavern with the news of the closing of the port of Boston by the British Government.

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Dinner at Historic City Tavern
(138 S. 2nd St., Philadelphia, PA 19106)

Historic address by John Adams

Commentary by Landmark Events historian Bill Potter

Dan Ford and his authentic documents of freedom

First Course
Corn Chowder

Second Course
Tavern Country Salad

Entrée Choices
Medallions of Beef, Burgundy Mushroom, Demi Glacé
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Crab Cake “Chesapeake Style”
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Chicken Breast Madeira, Pennsylvania Mushrooms

Seasonal Fruit Cobbler, Walnut Streusel


Ticket Information

Ages 5-12

Ages 13+

Notes: Ages 4 and under free if on the lap of paying adult — no meal included. Park in garage on 2nd St. between Chestnut St. and Walnut St. adjacent to Tavern.

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