They took their anger and angst about the future of the country to the doorstep of where it all began.
As tourists took videos and photos of the rally with their cellphones, protesters of all stripes formed a circle and took turns voicing their complaints. For more than half an hour, they chanted in call and response - covering everything from the cost of health care to gay marriage, the wealth divide, and unemployment for the young and old.
One protester quoted Benjamin Franklin, while another recited a passage from the Constitution.
While tilting young, the crowd included everyone from avowed socialists to military families like the Dycks.
Katey Dyck, 31, pushed a stroller with her daughter and son.
Her husband, Scott Dyck, 37, a personal trainer and former member of the Army National Guard who served for a year in Iraq, carried a sign that said: "I'm here because I prefer an America that bails out homeless veterans and lets billionaires fend for themselves."
"I'm really tired of the tea party being the only ones to get airplay," Katey Dyck said. "We love our country, too, and as an Army family, we feel really irritated by that."
Sean Monahan, 24, a Temple University graduate student in political science, had been to the Occupy Wall Street protest in New York last month and thought the Philadelphia protests were drawing a more diverse group.
Carrying a huge American flag like the one made by Betsy Ross, Monahan said the movement was gaining broader attention.
"More people know about and feel a desire to get involved," he said.
Susan and Jonathan Novack came in from Boothwyn for the march. Susan, 65, is a retired librarian, while Jonathan, 63, is a software design consultant who lost his corporate job two years ago.
As he struggles to find full-time work, the couple have seen their living standard decline. "There is a class war," Jonathan said, "and the rich won."
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