Philadelphia will declare December 3rd as “Rocky Day” with Sylvester Stallone in attendance to commemorate the occasion. Sly will make an appearance at the Parkway Visitor Center at 11 a.m. for a special event commemorating his iconic boxing alter ego, Rocky Balboa. Following a reading of the city resolution declaring December 3rd as Rocky Day in honor of the original “Rocky” film’s release, Stallone will officially inaugurate the visitor center’s new Rocky Shop.
Of course, the Rocky films and Philadelphia remain forever linked. It’s the setting of the first film, with the franchise returning to the City of Brotherly Love often. Perhaps one of the most iconic scenes in film history is Balboa running up the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art and raising his fits in the air in celebration.
Sylvester Stallone Calls ‘Rocky Day’ ‘Amazing’
Of course, with Rocky approaching its 50th anniversary, this day seems like a long time coming. For his part, Sly remains thrilled about the honor. “This day is an amazing day for me, and the people who have taken in Rocky into their hearts,” Stallone said in a statement. “When I come to Philly and stand on the steps, it touches my soul like it did when I was a child. This is a very special place in a very special city. … Believe me, there’s no other place like it in the world!”
47 years ago, with the release of Rocky, Sylvester Stallone soared to superstardom and found a second home in Philadelphia. This critically acclaimed movie, which Stallone himself wrote, triumphed at the Oscars, winning the coveted Best Picture award. It went on to inspire five sequels that showcased the unwavering determination of an underdog fighter. More recently, the franchise gave birth to the spinoff series Creed.
Next to the Eakins Oval, the visitor center and newly established Rocky Shop are just steps away from the museum. Of course, the iconic bronze Rocky statue is there, too. Stallone commissioned this sculpture for the film Rocky III, presenting it to the city after filming.
The shop showcases a wide range of movie memorabilia. This includes iconic items like Rocky’s tiger jacket, stars-and-stripes boxing trunks, and the yellow “Italian Stallion” boxing robe. All these items are officially licensed through Stallone’s brand. A portion of the proceeds will be donated by the actor towards the restoration of the art museum’s East Terrace and steps.
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