Fourth of July at Tryon Palace

440th Army Band | Sunday, July 3, 7 p.m.

The 440th Army Band will travel to Tryon Palace for a free performance on the South Lawn overlooking the Trent River in downtown New Bern. Gates open at 5 p.m. Sunday, July 3, and the concert begins at 7 p.m.The public can bring chairs and blankets, but pets and alcoholic beverages are not permitted.

The Glorious Fourth | 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Enjoy the anniversary of the birth of America at Tryon Palace with historical interpreters, games and crafts for all ages, exhibitions, and a live reading of the Declaration of Independence on the Palace steps. This free event also includes a performance by the Fife and Drum Corps and free access to the Palace gardens.

9-11 a.m.: Performance by Thursday Morn' under the tree by the Palace Blacksmith Shop
11 a.m.: Tryon Palace Fife & Drum Corps performance followed shortly by reading of Declaration of Independence from Palace steps


Independence Night | 6-9:30 p.m.

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Start a new family tradition this Fourth of July with food, fun, live music, and fireworks at Tryon Palace’s North Carolina History Center. Located on New Bern’s picturesque Trent River, the inaugural “Independence Night” celebrates the Fourth of July with live music from Billy Holton and the Soul Shakers, tasty hot dogs and hamburgers, ice cream, face painting, and more. The event reaches its grand finale with the best waterfront view in town of the fireworks launched by the City of New Bern.

Tickets are $10 for the general public, $5 ages 6-10, and free for ages 5-and-under. Admission is free for members of the Tryon Palace Foundation while supplies last. Tickets go on sale to the public Thursday, June 16. Admission includes tickets to a buffet of hot dogs, hamburgers, and soft drinks, as well as ice cream. Additional food will be available for purchase from Dank Burrito, 2014 winner of Mobile Cuisine's National Food Truck Rookie of the Year.

Parking at the North Carolina History Center and Eden Street Parking Lot is $5 for each vehicle and available on a first- come, first-served basis. To purchase parking passes in advance, call 252-639-3524. Visitors are encouraged to bring blankets and chairs, but no pets or coolers are permitted. This is an alcohol-free event.