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VP Biden Will Take Part in Philadelphia's July 4th Ceremonies This Year

By John Ostapkovich

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) -- Vice President Joseph Biden will be part of the Independence Day festivities this year at the place where it all began.

Biden will join Mayor Nutter and others on Thursday at 10am at the podium in front of Independence Hall for the 2014 edition of the "Celebration of Freedom" ceremony.

As usual, it will mark the momentous events that occurred on that spot.  But this year, woven through the remarks and performances, will be a look at other manifestations of freedom: the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and the 60th anniversary of the Brown v. Board of Education US Supreme Court decision.

A parade follows at 11am, and then the "Let Freedom Ring" observance at 1pm, culminating with a ceremonial ringing of the Liberty Bell.

Independence Park spokeswoman Jane Cowley says it'll be a busy day.

"We have extended hours," she notes.  "Independence Hall is open until 8pm.   The Liberty Bell Center is open until 8pm.  The Ben Franklin Museum is also open late into the evening."

By which time the Benjamin Franklin Parkway will be the hot spot, with a concert and fireworks.


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