Known as the cradle of American independence, Philadelphia witnessed the drafting and signing of the Declaration of Independence and the birth of the United States Marine Corps. Philadelphia produced the nation’s first medical school, bank, fire engine, secular university, art school and museum, zoo, and public library. The City of Brotherly Love has never lost its unique civic identity. All major professional sports are represented by the city and fanatically supported by Philadelphians. It is home to world class universities, museums, theater, cuisine, and distinct neighborhoods. In Philadelphia, the world is truly at your doorstep.