Tryon Palace hosting special Independence Day event

NEW BERN, N.C.–Tryon Palace will hold a very special family friendly event to celebrate Independence Day this year.  The staff at Tryon Palace invite families across Eastern North Carolina to join them as they celebrate, “The Glorious Fourth.” 

The two-day event will kick off with a performance by the 440th Army Band NC Army National Guard’s Concert Band and Jazz Patriots Big Band/Show Band on Tuesday, July 3rd.  The concert will be held on Tryon Palace’s South Lawn, facing the Trent River.  The concert is free and open to the public.  Pets and alcoholic beverages are prohibited.  Those planning to attend are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs and blankets and a picnic.  The concert is presented as part of the Tryon Palace Performing Arts Series.  Public Radio East serves as as the series’ media sponsor.

Tuesday evening’s concert is only the beginning of this year’s special event at Tryon Palace.  on Wednesday, July 4th, Tryon Palace will hold its “Glorious Fourth” celebration from 9am  – 3pm.  Guests will get to see classic 18th Century country dancing and games of townball, as well as see North Carolina’s first Governor welcome John Penn to read the Declaration of Independence for everyone to hear.  The kids won’t be left out, either.  Kids will get the chance to make their own historic toy.  They’ll even get to sign their own copy of the Declaration of Independence with a quill pen, and even dress in period costume.  And for the entire family, there will also be a Fife and Drum Corps parade at 11am. 

For military history lovers, there will be a gathering of the local militia to celebrate the Revolutionary War’s end.  Guests will get to talk to the soldiers about camp life during the time of the war.  The soldiers in attendance will also demonstrate how they fired their weapons, including both their muskets and canons. 

And should guests get thirsty while visiting Tryon Palace, they can visit patriot Richard Cogdell’s Ordinary (public house) for some fresh lemonade.  While there, they can enjoy some entertainment and gossip, too.

In the event of adverse weather, most of the day’s events will be moved into the North Carolina History Center.  For more information on the “Glorious Fourth”, go online to or call 1-800-767-1560 toll free or 252-639-3500 by phone.

Admission for the day’s events and the Tryon Palace Gardens is free.  However, donations are accepted.  Families of all ages are welcome.    Guests interested in taking a tour inside Tryon Palace and its adjoining buildings can purchase tickets at the North Carolina History Center ticket desk at 529 S. Front Street, New Bern.