PHILADELPHIA PA – Those who have, or took, the day off to observe the presidential inauguration (lucky you!) will find company today (Jan. 20, 2009; Tuesday) in Center City Philadelphia – 34 miles southeast of Limerick – where the city’s Visitors and Convention Bureau expects a large crowd on Independence Mall. Two related, and free, events are scheduled there for visitors.

Outside the Independence Visitors Center at 6th and Market Streets, a giant television screen will project the inauguration for all to see from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. … without the strict Washington DC rules regarding strollers, coolers and backpacks. Visitors can enjoy stress-free viewing, the bureau claims. Bundle up, though; it’ll be cold. For those who’d rather not brave winter temperatures, the center will have an indoor screening as well. Best of all, the center offers public restrooms and refreshment stands. For more information, call 800-537-7676.

History buffs can witness the first peaceful transfer of power during a reenactment of John Adams’ presidential inauguration at 10 a.m. and again at 3 p.m. in Congress Hall, 6th and Chestnut Streets, where the second president took the oath on March 4, 1797. Seating is limited. For more information, call 215-965-2305.

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