Friends of Independence National Historical Park 


Sunday June 17, 2012 from 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM EDT

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National Constitution Center 
Front Lawn
6th and Arch Streets
Philadelphia, PA 19106

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Founding Father's Day Fitness Stroll 2012

Saving National Treasures Step by Step

Come join the Friends of Independence National Historical Park for a fun filled morning of family activities and fitness.  On Sunday, June 17, 2012, beginning at 8 AM, the Friends of Independence will be hosting the Founding Father’s Day Fitness Stroll.  This is a unique opportunity to meet Founding Father, Thomas Jefferson, and to walk across the Benjamin Franklin Bridge.

Bring your friends and families - especially your fathers - as we celebrate the father figures in our lives, including the ones that came before us.  The event  will convene  on the front lawn of the National Constitution Center 535 Arch Street, where you will have the opportunity to become acquainted with Thomas Jefferson, learn about his belief in the importance of exercise and of course, Mr. Jefferson will be available for pictures.

Lace up your sneakers, or in the case of Thomas Jefferson, buckle your shoes as we prepare to walk the Benjamin Franklin Bridge.  This event is for all fitness levels. So, whether you decide on a leisurely mid-span stroll, or choose the full round-trip, we welcome you to join us.  The view from the bridge is spectacular, so be sure to bring your cameras for some memorable pictures of our national treasures.

The round-trip walk is 3.35 miles.  For those  interested in a shorter distance, there are areas along the bridge to turn around safely.  Following the Walk, all are invited to the National Constitution Center lawn for a fabulous photo opportunity with Independence Hall as the backdrop.  All photos will be available for free download on the Friends of Independence’s website.**

So whether you walk, jog or stroll, every step you take will help the Friends of Independence save our National Treasures and preserve our National Park.


  • Registration is 8:00 - 9:00 AM
  • Bridge Walk will occur at 9:00 AM


  • Adults - $15 (15 years of age or older)
  • 1st registered child - $10 (6-14 years of age)
  • Every child registered after the first - $5 (6-14 years of age)
  • Children 5 and under - $0*

*Children 5 years of age or younger, will not receive a t-shirt and Children must be with an adult at all times

Inclement Weather: The Bridge Walk will only be canceled if the South Side Footpath of the Benjamin Franklin Bridge is closed due to severe weather.  If it is not closed, the walk will happen rain or shine.  Information regarding possible weather closures will be listed on the Friends of Independence's website, and emails will be sent out to all participants.