Tryon Palace Not Likely to Cancel Events for Tropical Storm Arthur

440th Army Concert, Fourth of July celebrations may be relocated to N.C. History Center

NEW BERN, NC – July 2, 2014

As Tropical Storm Arthur approaches the North Carolina coast, Tryon Palace is preparing to keep its holiday celebrations intact. If needed, the two outdoor events planned for this week, the 440th Army Band concert on July 3, and “A Glorious Fourth!” on July 4, will be moved inside the North Carolina History Center if needed. 

“Right now we are still hoping to have at least one or both of these events outside, just as we planned,” said Tryon Palace Executive Director Philippe Lafargue. “We still need to be prepared, just in case Arthur tries to rain on that plan. Luckily, the North Carolina History Center is big enough and strong enough to allow us to move things indoors, but as I said, we’re still hoping to keep our events outside.”

A decision will be made Thursday afternoon about whether or not the 440th Army Band concert will be moved inside. If forecasts threaten rain between 7-9 p.m., the concert will be moved to Mattocks Hall, located inside the North Carolina History Center. Doors will open at 6:15 p.m. and the show will begin at 7 p.m. Tryon Palace does not encourage visitors to bring picnics inside Mattocks Hall, but does encourage visitors to bring chairs and blankets. 

The Glorious Fourth, held this Friday, includes several outdoor events.

If rain persists throughout the morning of July 4, Tryon Palace will move the reading of the Declaration of Independence and a performance by the Fife and Drum Corps to Cullman Performance Hall at 11 a.m. Roaming character interpreters, Loyalist Alexander MacAuslan, and Elenor Pittman, a war widow, will perform in Cullman Hall at 1 p.m. Several craft activities, including a take-home copy of the Declaration of Independence that visitors can sign with a quill and ink, will be held in the North Carolina History Center, rain or shine. 

For more information 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