Tryon Palace Celebrates July 4th with Patriotic Programs, Free Gardens

Reading of Declaration of Independence, Fife and Drum Performance Begin at 11 a.m.

Tryon Palace will celebrate Independence Day with costumed interpreters, a performance by the Fife and Drum Corps and a live reading of the Declaration of Independence. All scheduled activities are free and will occur on Friday, July 4. 

In 1783, North Carolina Governor Alexander Martin became the first American governor to issue a State order for celebrating the 4th of July. Step back and join the festivities of one of our nation’s earliest celebrations of the Glorious Fourth at the home of North Carolina’s first state capitol.

The prime attraction of Tryon Palace’s Glorious Fourth celebration will take place at 11 a.m. in the Palace courtyard. The Fife and Drum Corps will march in through the gate and give a brief performance, followed by a live reading of the Declaration of Independence on the Palace’s front steps.

Activities begin at 9 a.m. behind the Stable Office, where Thursday Morn will be performing music until the Fife and Drum marches through the Palace gates at 11 a.m. Games and children’s crafts will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Mattocks Hall with activities that include: signing a take-home version of the Declaration of Independence with quill and ink, decorating a fan and making whirligigs. 

Roaming interpreters will be performing across Tryon Palace’s grounds and gardens. In addition to seeing Governor Alexander Martin, visitors should expect to meet loyalist Alexander MacAuslan, and Elenor Pittman, a war widow.

Visitors are invited to cool down from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with lemonade from Richard Cogdell’s Ordinary, located in the Kitchen Office courtyard. All families are welcome to bring a picnic lunch and enjoy their entire day immersed in the past. 

Admission is free for all events on the Glorious Fourth, including garden admission from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; however, interior tours will require the purchase of a ticket.

Upcoming Events at Tryon Palace

June 28: Juneteenth exhibition of 13th Amendment
July 3: 440 Army Band on the South Lawn
July 4: Glorious Fourth
July 20: Mail Call (final day of exhibit)
Aug. 23: Where Rivers Meet Summer Jazz Festival

For more information about the Glorious Fourth and other events at Tryon Palace, call 252-639-3500 or visit


Tryon Palace Media Contact
Craig Ramey
Marketing and Communications, Manager
Phone: (252) 639-3511

About Tryon Palace
Tryon Palace, located in New Bern, NC, is part of the Office of Archives and History, an agency of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources. Tryon Palace is one of North Carolina’s most significant historic sites. It is the home of the Governor’s Palace, North Carolina’s first colonial and first state capitol, and includes historic buildings, gardens and the North Carolina History Center, which revolutionizes the visitor experience through use of the latest interactive  technology. The History Center includes galleries, a performance hall, the museum store and a waterfront café. Tryon Palace’s mission is to engage present and future generations in the history of North Carolina from early settlement in 1710, the development of statehood and into the mid-twentieth century. It is dedicated to collecting, interpreting and preserving objects, buildings, landscapes and events that enrich understanding of the making of our state and nation.

Tickets and visitor information are available at Tryon Palace, 529 S. Front St., New Bern. For directions and further information about special events, programs or group tours, employment and more, visit our web site: or phone (800) 767-1560 or (252) 639-3500.
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