Philadelphia rings in traditional July 4th ceremonies

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett celebrated Independence Day in Philadelphia. 

The ceremonies in the shadow of the Liberty Bell included swearing in new citizens. Governor Corbett says the naturalization shows how open America is compared to other countries.

“The United States is a different place,” said Corbett. “We are founded on a handful of very clear but powerful ideas. We believe everyone is equal in the eyes of the law. There is no such thing as a second-class American.”

Mayor Michael Nutter echoed the sentiment.

“Because of our great Constitution we’ve outlined a Bill of Rights and we are people who can freely assemble, practice our religion petition and question our government,” said Nutter. “We expect freedom of the press and freedom to speak without fear.”

A parade followed the ceremonies circling parts of Old City with everything from fire trucks to marching bands.

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