Tryon Palace will celebrate the Fourth starting at 9 a.m. Independence Day.
On the grounds of the palace at George and Pollock streets in New Bern, there will be a live reading of the Declaration of Independence signed in 1776 to unify the 13 Colonies and sever their political ties to England.
The free event is sponsored by First Citizens Bank.
The following is a schedule of the festivities:
- 9 a.m. Palace gates open to the public. Admittance to the gardens is free all day.
- 10 a.m. Parade of Fife and Drum Corps and 1st North Carolina Regiment of the Continental Line will march to the Palace’s South Lawn. Following the parade, there will be a reading of the Declaration of Independence on the palace’s south steps.
- 10:30 a.m. The Fife and Drum corps will perform, and the 1st North Carolina Regiment will fire their muskets.
- 11:30 a.m. The 1st North Carolina Regiment will again parade to South Lawn followed by a firing of their muskets.
Throughout the day representatives from the 1st North Carolina Regiment will be demonstrating at the military encampment on the palace grounds.
From 9 a.m. to noon there will be free water and Pepsi products available for all attendees at the Pepsi Beverage Can, courtesy of Minges Bottling Group.
For a palace tour, or admittance to all exhibits at the North Carolina History Center, one-day passes that include a palace tour and galleries and gardens passes are available.
Book online at www.tryonpalace.org, stop by the ticket desk, or call 252-639-3500.