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.