New Bern, NC – This year, join Tryon Palace in commemorating the birth of our nation with special fun-filled programming that has a little historical something for everyone.
Start the celebration off early on the evening of Tuesday, July 3 with a rousing concert of patriotic music and popular songs. Pack a picnic and join your family and friends on the beautiful South Lawn overlooking the Trent River for this free show by the 440th Army Band NC Army National Guard Concert Band and the Jazz Patriots Big Band/Show band. Please bring your own chairs and blankets, but leave pets and alcoholic beverages at home. This concert is presented as part of the Tryon Palace Performing Arts Series with media sponsorship provided by Public Radio East.
Then, on Wednesday, July 4, step back in time and attend one of our earliest celebrations of “The Glorious Fourth”! In 1783, North Carolina Governor Alexander Martin became the first American Governor to issue a State order for celebrating the 4th of July. On the Governor’s Palace South Lawn, join a gathering of the local militia in celebration of the end of the Revolutionary War and talk to the soldiers about their equipment and camp life. Throughout the day, the militia will perform firing demonstrations of their muskets and a light cannon.
The activities continue from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the Palace grounds, with 18th-century music and country dancing, games of townball, and historic kids crafts which will include making a historic toy, signing their own copy of the Declaration of Independence with a quill pen, and 18th-century costume dress-up.
In the courtyard behind the Palace Kitchen Office, visitors can also pop into patriot Richard Cogdell’s Ordinary (public house) for some lemonade, entertainment, and gossip.
And at 11 a.m. in the Palace courtyard, watch a Fife Drum Corps parade and attend a public gathering as Governor Martin welcomes John Penn, one of North Carolina’s signers of the Declaration of Independence, to read the Declaration for all.
As you spend the day immersed in the past, you can also encounter a variety of other historical characters and learn what the end of the Revolution and our country’s newfound independence meant to each of them.
Bring your picnic lunch and start your 4th of July celebration with Tryon Palace! Admission to the special activities and gardens is free, although donations are appreciated, and all ages are welcome! Purchase a ticket and enjoy interior tours of all our historic buildings as well.
In the event of rain, most activities will be moved inside at the North Carolina History Center.
This special Celebration of the Declaration has been graciously sponsored by The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America in North Carolina Pamlico Committee.
For detailed information on individual events, explore theTryonPalacecalendar at www.tryonpalace.org or call Karen Ipock, Curator of Education, at 252-639-3581.