Free Fun Fourth

Check out these free fun family events taking place over the Fourth of July weekend around the Department of Cultural Resources:

The N.C. Museum of History in downtown Raleigh will show the film “Friends in Liberty: North Carolina in the American Revolution,” on Friday, July 2, from 6-7 p.m.  Experience the American Revolution through the eyes of 14-year-old Hugh McDonald and his friend, Anne Taylor. The film is based on the original journal of McDonald, who joined the Sixth North Carolina Regiment of the Continental Army in 1776.

Tryon Palace in New Bern will host a celebration of the Declaration of Independence on Saturday, July 3, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.  The fun-filled day will feature a Fife & Drum performance and the reading of the Declaration of Independence at 11 a.m.  There is free Garden admission from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., although Interior tours require the purchase of a ticket. Fort Fisher State Historic Site in Kure Beach will host a celebration on Saturday, July 3. Independence Day crafts and activities will be available from 10 a.m. to noon, and again from 2-4 p.m.  The Fort Fisher staff invites you to come enjoy the museum, stroll the site’s historic grounds, and enjoy the holiday weekend.

The 14th Annual "Battleship Blast" fireworks show will take place on Sunday, July 4 in downtown Wilmington.  The Riverfront Celebration will begin with a street fair in downtown Wilmington at 5 p.m., with music provided by the 440th North Carolina Army National Guard Band.  Primary viewing for the fireworks will be from downtown Wilmington. The entire Battleship North Carolina complex on Eagles Island will be closed at 6 p.m., and all vehicles will be required to leave by 6:30 p.m.  Fireworks should begin about 9:05 p.m.  Sponsored by the City of Wilmington, U.S. Cellular, Food Lion, WECT TV-6, and 102.7 WGNI. 

Roanoke Island Festival Park will hold a July 4th celebration that will feature East Carolina University, performing music by George M. Cohan at 8 p.m. The celebration will also include fireworks provided by the town of Manteo. Held at the park’s Pavilion, the celebration is free and open to the public. Gates open to the public at 6 p.m. Parking will be available at Roanoke Island Festival Park until the lot is full and in downtown Manteo. Handicap parking will be available at the park.

The State Capitol in downtown Raleigh will host a family-oriented Independence Day celebration from noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday, July 4, that features a patriotic concert. Take a trip to the Capitol’s “Old Fashioned 4th” area and see how people in North Carolina celebrated Independence Day long ago.  New to the program this year is a naturalization ceremony where 30 people will take the Oath of Citizenship and become Americans. Musical performances, food and historic demonstrators round out this day of patriotic fun.

The N.C. Symphony, led by Associate Conductor Sarah Hicks, will celebrate Independence Day with a free Summerfest Series concert on Sunday, July 4, at 7:30 p.m. at Koka Booth Amphitheatre at Regency Park in Cary.  The fun includes the Triangle’s largest Fourth of July festivities, including the Town of Cary’s special fireworks display.

The N.C. Museum of Art is open on Saturday and Sunday of Fourth of July weekend from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  The Museum Park is open from dawn to dusk.  Visitors can join the daily docent-led tour that meets at the Information Desk each day at 1:30 p.m. This free tour is a wonderful introduction to the Museum’s permanent collection, and with a different docent each day, the tour is a new experience on each visit to the NCMA! No reservations are needed—just show up.

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