HALIFAX, NC April 2, 2013 – Celebrate 237 years of American independence from Great Britain on Friday, April 12, at the annual Halifax Day festivities from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. at Historic Halifax State Historic Site. Join in the remembrance of the April 12, 1776, vote by the North Carolina Provincial Congress to separate from the British Crown. The free program will include costumed interpreters, tours of historic buildings for young and old, and is sponsored by the Historic Halifax Restoration Association, Inc.
The 1776 Halifax Resolves was the first official move for independence among the 13 original colonies. This revolutionary step is recognized on the North Carolina flag with the date April 12, 1776, and is one of the most important events in the state’s history. The 83 delegates of the Provincial Congress passed the Halifax Resolves unanimously.
School group tours and demonstrations will be from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. A formal program will be at the Visitor Center at 2 p.m. with a presentation by Thomas E. Beaman, Jr., RPA, on archaeology and Claude Sauthier’s North Carolina town maps. The Halifax Resolves Awards will be presented in recognition of excellence in the field of historic preservation and restoration to individuals, groups or businesses. A reception follows the program. Afternoon tours will be from 1:30-4:30 p.m. A self-guided museum tour and an audio visual presentation in the Visitor Center also are available.
The first 85 years of history of the town of Halifax are recalled in the site’s preservation, whose time period ranges from 1760 to 1840. Historic Halifax is located at 25 St. David Street, Halifax, NC 27839.
For more information call (252) 583-7191 or visit online. Historic Halifax is within the Division of State Historic Sites in the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources.