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Lights of Liberty: Lighting up Philly

Modern technology is bringing a whole new experience to visitors spending time in old Philadelphia thanks to several new initiatives unveiled last fall by Historic Philadelphia Inc.

For 11 years, Historic Philadelphia has operated “Lights of Liberty,” a summer evening show that projects images onto the exteriors of historic buildings downtown. In September, the group introduced the year-round, indoor version of the program, “Liberty 360,” at its newly renovated Historic Philadelphia Center.

The new program takes place inside a 360-degree theater, where images are projected onto a 50-foot-tall screen that wraps around the audience. Audience members get an in-depth look at some of the city’s historic sites and events.

This summer, Historic Philadelphia is unveiling an upgraded version of the original “Lights of Liberty” outdoor show. The show will use new projection technology, and audience members will wear special glasses to see a three-dimensional representation of Philadelphia during the pivotal summer of 1776.

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Brian Jewell

Brian Jewell is the executive editor of The Group Travel Leader. In more than a decade of travel journalism he has visited 48 states and 25 foreign countries.