Let’s mark the day with a little history lesson on Philadelphia, which for ten years served as the nation’s capital, and where the Declaration of Independence was signed in July 1776. It was prominent citizen William Penn who named the city. He based the name on the city’s Quaker values of equality and liberty: philos means “love” or “friendship,” and adelphos means “brother.”
Even today, Philadelphia is known as “The City of Brotherly Love.” The famous Liberty Bell, a symbol of American freedom, hung in the steeple of the Pennsylvania State House and is said to have been among the many bells rung to mark the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Inscribed on the bell are the words, “Proclaim LIBERTY throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof.” Its famous crack occurred some time in the early 19th century.
There’s probably no school for your kids. But that doesn’t mean it can’t be a day of learning. Talk about the meaning of the holiday, and then celebrate the notion of brotherly (and sisterly!) love with some Philly-inspired foods. Check out our recipe for the delectable and iconic Philly Cheesesteak.
Or mix all the basic Philly ingredients for an incredible Philly Dip. Mix ingredients in an oven safe dish, set your oven to 350° F and bake for 15 minute or till hot and bubbly. Served with chunks of bread or crackers.
You could also stuff those same ingredients into green peppers and bake (set oven to 400° F and bake for 15 to 20 minutes) for a rich, satisfying entrée.