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Oct 1 2016
Newport Beach Wine and Food Festival
The Thrid Annual Newport Bech Wine and Food Festival returns to bring the best culi...more
Oct 6 2016
Cove Gallery Laguna Beach Art Walk
The Cove Gallery in Laguna Beach is a participating Laguna Beach Art Walk Gallery. C...more
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Knott's Independence Hall

Knott’s Independence Hall is an exact, brick-by-brick replica of the original in Philadelphia. Walter Knott’s personal labor of love, it is the nation’s only exact replica of the Philadelphia landmark. The building will continue to serve as the center for Knott’s “Adventures in Education” school program impacting 100,000 elementary-aged children annually with onsite lessons on American history, science and nature. The Hall also will offer exhibits, historical reenactments and other free-admission presentations throughout the year including the Park’s annual display of the Vietnam “Moving Wall” Memorial during Veterans Week. The replica was built by the Knott Family as a permanent, free-admission reminder of two famous events: the signing of the Declaration of Independence and the signing of the U.S.Constitution. An avid proponent of America history and values, Walter Knott constructed the building for the millions of West Coast families unable to travel to Philadelphia to tour the original. Consistent with Walter Knott’s wishes, Knott’s Independence Hall will remain a free-admission facility. The building is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. every day except Christmas. Free, three-hour parking is available daily in Knott’s MarketPlace Shopping and Dining Lot.