Cast in London, England in 1752, the Liberty Bell rang when the Continental Congress signed the Declaration of Independence. It has become a symbol of freedom in the United States and the world. The bell weighs about 2,000 pounds and is made mostly of copper and tin.
Made for the Pennsylvania State House (now Independence Hall), the Bell was ordered by the Pennsylvania Assembly in 1751 to commemorate the 50-year anniversary of William Penn’s 1701 Charter of Privileges. Shortly after its arrival in Philadelphia, the Bell cracked and was recast.
As tradition, the bell was rung on every July 4th and on every state occasion until 1846. By 1846, a new crack had formed that affected the sound of the bell. The last time the bell rang was on February 23, 1846 for George Washington’s birthday celebration. Today, the Liberty Bell hangs in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania at the National Park Service Liberty Bell Center on 6th Street, between Market and Chestnut Streets for all to see.