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10 Amazing Things to Do in Philly at NECA 2023

Philadelphia, often referred to as the City of Brotherly Love, is not only known for its historical significance but also its vibrant culture, diverse neighborhoods, and exciting attractions. As NECA 2023 approaches, attendees can explore the city’s wonders between conference sessions. Here’s a curated list of the top 10 amazing things to do in Philly during NECA 2023, sourced from both the NECA website and Visit Philly.


1. Attend NECA 2023:

Let’s start with the main event! The National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) Trade Show and Convention is the premier event for electrical professionals worldwide. Participate in workshops, engage with industry leaders, and explore cutting-edge technologies shaping the future of electrical contracting.


DEWALT Construction Technology at Booth #1816 welcomes you to NECA 2023! 

There is plenty of innovation at DEWALT Construction Technology, booth #1816. Accelerate team productivity with connected solutions designed to deliver profitability and efficiency. From software and services to machinery and hardware, DEWALT® Construction Technology provides solutions for various construction workflows.

Visit our booth to learn more about MSUITE for BIM and Fabrication, HangerWorks for design, and Site Manager for tool/asset tracking.

Brands: From software and services to hardware and machinery, DEWALT® Construction Technology offers a range of solutions for various construction workflows.

Attend this session:  

Monday, Oct 2: 11:30 am – 12:20 pm

Design, Fabrication, Installation: Lean & Productivity Savings Methodologies
The lean fabrication process requires collaboration. This session will offer concrete examples of how to execute efficient, on-time, productive delivery of hangers and systems in a collaborative manner. Learn how lean processes and product solutions support overall jobsite safety, reduce liability and save on labor.

Speaker: Bill McNamara, DEWALT Anchors & Fasteners

Location: Show Floor, Booth 139


2. Visit the Liberty Bell:

The history of the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia is deeply intertwined with the nation’s quest for independence and freedom. Cast in London, England, 1752 by the Whitechapel Bell Foundry, the bell originally served as the Pennsylvania State House’s chime. Over time, it became associated with significant events, most notably when it rang to mark the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence in 1776. The bell’s famous crack appeared soon after, and despite being recast twice, it became a symbol of resilience. Today, housed in the Liberty Bell Center near Independence Hall, this iconic artifact inspires visitors with its powerful message of liberty and equality.


3. Indulge in Philly Cheesesteaks:

In Philadelphia, indulging in an authentic cheesesteak sandwich is a must, and the city boasts some legendary spots to satisfy your cravings. Pat’s King of Steaks, often credited with inventing the cheesesteak in the 1930s, remains a classic choice. Across the street, Geno’s Steaks offers a friendly rivalry and equally delicious options. Dalessandro’s Steaks in Roxborough is known for its mouthwatering combinations for those seeking a contemporary twist.


4. Explore Independence Hall:

A visit to Independence Hall in Philadelphia is a step back to the birthplace of American history. This iconic building served as the backdrop for pivotal events, including the drafting and adoption of the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution. Walking through its hallowed halls, you’ll sense the weight of history as you stand where our founding fathers debated and shaped the future of a nation. The guided tours provide captivating insights into the revolutionary ideals that paved the way for American democracy.


5. Experience the Reading Terminal Market:

A trip to Philadelphia would only be complete with a visit to Reading Terminal Market. This bustling culinary hub offers an eclectic array of vendors showcasing the city’s diverse food scene.


6. See the Philadelphia Museum of Art:

Art enthusiasts will be delighted by the extensive collection spanning various eras and styles, the museum is famous for the “Rocky Steps,” where you can recreate the iconic movie moment.


7. Relax in Love Park:

John F. Kennedy Plaza, commonly known as Love Park, is a serene urban oasis featuring the famous LOVE sculpture. It’s a great spot to unwind, take photos, and enjoy the city’s atmosphere.


8. Benjamin Franklin Parkway:

Stroll along Benjamin Franklin Parkway, a picturesque boulevard with historic institutions like the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Franklin Institute, and more. The tree-lined pathway offers a blend of art, history, and green spaces. Its wide lanes, tree-lined medians, and panoramic vistas create an inviting atmosphere for strolls and exploration.


9. Discover the Magic Gardens:

Explore Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens, an immersive art environment created by mosaic artist Isaiah Zagar. The intricate mosaics and sculptures transform this space into a truly enchanting destination.


10. Historic Neighborhoods:

Philadelphia’s neighborhoods each exude their distinctive allure, contributing to the city’s rich tapestry of culture. Old City’s cobblestone streets and historic architecture transport you to a bygone era, while Fishtown’s vibrant street art and eclectic scene reflect its modern energy. From the landmark elegance of Society Hill to the bohemian flair of Northern Liberties, exploring these neighborhoods is like flipping through the pages of a captivating story that unfolds with every step. These diverse pockets offer an intimate look into Philadelphia’s character, revealing its history, creativity, and the collective spirit that makes it truly one of a kind.


Work and play all in One Trip

As NECA 2023 converges on Philadelphia, attendees are presented with an exceptional professional opportunity to explore a city rich in history, culture, and innovation. From historic landmarks to culinary delights, there’s no shortage of amazing things to do in Philly during the conference. Make the most of your time by combining industry insights with unforgettable experiences in this remarkable city alongside the top professionals in the Electric industry.

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