July 4th Celebrations at N.C. Historic Sites and Museums

RALEIGH, NC June 18, 2014 – A few N.C. State Historic Sites and museums are open July 4th with special observations. Plan your special day, or add an event to your vacation beach week at some of these destinations in the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources.



Roanoke Island Festival Park, Manteo. USAF Heritage of America Concert. The U.S. Air Force Heritage of America Band will perform patriotic standards in the Outdoor Pavilion. The Town of Manteo will provide fireworks. Concert at 8 p.m.; fireworks at 9:30 p.m. Gates open at 6 p.m. Free.

Historic Halifax, Halifax. Independence Day Celebration. Celebrate 238 years of independence in the town where the spirit of independence was born with the Halifax Resolves in April 1776. The town wide event includes tours of historic buildings, family activities and fireworks at dusk. Free.

Tryon Palace, New Bern. The Glorious Fourth. Enjoy fife and drum performances, a reading of the Declaration of Independence, and free garden admissions at the site of one of the first July 4th celebrations. North Carolina Gov. Alexander Martin in 1783 was one of the first to order a celebration on this date. Bring a blanket and stay the day. House tours require ticket; other events free. Start early with the 440th Army band pops and patriotic concert July 3 on the South Lawn at 7 p.m. Free.

Battleship North Carolina, Wilmington. Regular self-guided tours of the World War II battleship. See one of the first fast battleships that led the fight in the Pacific. View the nine levels and learn the various capacities and jobs associated with the vessel. Ticketed tours. For members only, see the spectacular Wilmington fireworks display from the deck at 6 p.m.  Membership starts at $35.


State Capitol, Raleigh. Patriotic July 4. Enjoy patriotic music by the Raleigh Concert Band, historical and military displays, carriage rides, face painting and hands-on activities for children. Witness a naturalization ceremony for new citizens at noon, followed by a reading of the Declaration of Independence and the placing of floral tributes to honor service in America’s wars. Join in the children’s parade before the ringing of the replica Liberty Bell by the Sons of the American Revolution. Free.

About the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources 
The N.C. Department of Cultural Resources (NCDCR) is the state agency with a vision to be the leader in using the state’s cultural resources to build the social, cultural and economic future of North Carolina. Led by Secretary Susan Kluttz, NCDCR’s mission is to enrich lives and communities by creating opportunities to experience excellence in the arts, history and libraries in North Carolina that will spark creativity, stimulate learning, preserve the state’s history and promote the creative economy. NCDCR was the first state organization in the nation to include all agencies for arts and culture under one umbrella.
Through arts efforts led by the N.C. Arts Council, the N.C. Symphony and the N.C. Museum of Art, NCDCR offers the opportunity for enriching arts education for young and old alike and spurring the economic stimulus engine for our state’s communities. NCDCR’s Divisions of Archives and Records, Historical Resources, State Historic Sites and State History Museums preserve, document and interpret North Carolina’s rich cultural heritage to offer experiences of learning and reflection. NCDCR’s State Library of North Carolina is the principal library of state government and builds the capacity of all libraries in our state to develop and to offer access to educational resources through traditional and online collections including genealogy and resources for people who are blind and have physical disabilities.
NCDCR annually serves more than 19 million people through its 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, the nation’s first state-supported Symphony Orchestra, the State Library, the N.C. Arts Council and the State Archives. NCDCR champions our state’s creative industry that accounts for more than 300,000 jobs and generates nearly $18.5 billion in revenues. For more information, please call (919) 807-7300 or visit www.ncdcr.gov.