“Leisure tourism to Philadelphia is a big part of our tourism economy, and first-time visitors want to see our iconic historic sites,” Guaracino said. “We felt that it was important during this very busy holiday week to make our historic sites available to our visitors and residents.” (Photo by D. Cruz for Visit Philadelphia)The week between Christmas and New Year’s Day is a very busy time of year for INHP, and city and tourism officials said they feel it’s important to keep these sites open. An estimated 25,000 visitors typically visit the Bell and the Hall during this long weekend, and the Independence Visitor Center expects to see between 70,000 and 100,000 visitors between Christmas and New Year’s Day in the Historic District.Tourism generates $31.5 million per day in economic impact to Philadelphia.The following historic sites and attractions on or around Independence Mall are not affected by the government shutdown and remain open:Independence Visitor CenterNational Constitution CenterNational Museum of American Jewish HistoryAfrican American Museum in PhiladelphiaMuseum of the American RevolutionNational Liberty MuseumBetsy Ross HouseFranklin SquareChrist Church and Burial GroundsBlue Cross RiverRink WinterfestIndependence Seaport MuseumValley Forge National Historical Park has also reopened through December 31, with the Valley Forge Tourism & Convention Board funding the reopening of the visitor center (9 a.m.-5 p.m.), and the Encampment Store’s operators funding its opening. Park gates are opening and closing according to their regular schedule to give visitors access to park grounds, roads and trails.Follow #OpeninPHL on Twitter for news from the attractions. Go to visitphilly.com for additional visitor information. Visit Philadelphia Inc. has signed an agreement with the National Park Service to provide the necessary funding to open Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell Center from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Friday, 12/28, Saturday, 12/29 and Sunday, 12/30. No tickets required.— INDEPENDENCENPS 🇺🇸 (@INDEPENDENCENHP) December 27, 2018 Liberty Bell Center, Independence Hall Open Friday To Sunday During Federal Government ShutdownWhen:December 28-30, 2018 Where:Various locations including The Liberty Bell Center, 526 Market Street Cost:Free People spending the weekend in the United States’ birthplace can visit Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell Center, despite a federal government shutdown.Philadelphia Mayor James F. Kenney, VISIT PHILADELPHIA President and CEO Jeff Guaracino and Superintendent of Independence National Historical Park Cynthia MacLeod announced today that the iconic attractions in Philadelphia’s Historic District are open Friday, December 28 through Sunday, December 30, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. National Park rangers are on site to provide interpretation.All other Independence National Historical Park (INHP) attractions will remain closed during the shutdown.FAST FACTSThe Liberty Bell Center and Independence Hall are open Friday, December 28 through Sunday, December 30.No tickets are required for entry to the Liberty Bell Center and Independence Hall for these three days.All other Independence National Historical Park sites remain closed during the partial federal government shutdown.VISIT PHILADELPHIA covered the cost as a donation to the National Park Service to keep the sites open this weekend.Since the federal government shutdown began on December 22, visitors to the sites have been able to view Independence Hall from the outside only, and the Liberty Bell through a window. Now, both sites will be fully open this weekend — and no tickets are required.VISIT PHILADELPHIA has covered the cost, approximately $32,000, as a donation to the National Park Service in order for INHP to keep Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell Center open for three days.