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A scavenger hunt in Southport, an ice cream social in Old Fort and concerts of patriotic music throughout the state are just a few of the opportunities for fun and discovery you’ll find across North Carolina this weekend.

To help you make the most of your limited time, here are 14 suggestions for things to check out this weekend:

1. Hear the Declaration of Independence be read by an interpreter portraying John Penn and celebrate the holiday with games, crafts and living history demonstrations Saturday at Tryon Palace in New Bern.

 

 

2. Get the most of Southport‘s widely-acclaimed Fourth of July celebration by completing a scavenger hunt offered by the N.C. Maritime Museum there.

 

 

3. Enjoy the Fourth of the July at the State Capitol in Raleigh with musical performances, military displays, a naturalization ceremony and kids’ activities.

 

 

4. Join Manteo‘s Roanoke Island Festival Park in celebrating America’s 239th birthday with fireworks and a concert by the Second Marine Aircraft Wing Band.

 

 

5. Watch a patriotic fireworks display over downtown Wilmington Saturday evening from the deck of the mighty Battleship North Carolina.

 

 

6. Honor America’s birthday at the Red, White and Bluegrass music festival in Morganton.

 

 

7. Sample some ice cream while soaking in the smooth sounds of a local bluegrass group Saturday at the Mountain Gateway Museum in Old Fort.

 

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8. Gather around the fire and hear stories told in the traditional mountain style, Thursday at Vance Birthplace in Weaverville.

 

 

9. Recall the great music of the Carter Family and their frequent collaborator Lesley Riddle throughout the weekend at Riddlefest in Burnsville.

 

 

10. Learn about the history of Chicamacomico Station and the U.S. Lifesaving Service during a film screening Thursday at the N.C. Maritime Museum in Beaufort.

 

 

11. Listen to patriotic tunes performed by the N.C. Symphony at concerts throughout the weekend in Wilmington, Garner and Cary.

 

 

12. Celebrate Independence Day with music, special tours and a fireworks display Saturday at Historic Halifax, the site of America’s first official cry for independence.

 

 

13. Discover the history behind the Medal of Honor and meet recipients of the award from the Wilmington area Saturday at Fort Fisher in Kure Beach.

 

 

Check out DCR’s calendar for more information on these and other events, and a enjoy a great North Carolina weekend!

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Enjoy a day full of patriotic speeches, dancing, games and
kids’ crafts at Tryon Palace Friday.

UPDATE: Due to inclement weather, the 7/3 event at Tryon Palace and the 7/4 event at Roanoke Island Festival Park have been canceled.

Patriotic concerts, a kids parade and historic tours and demonstrations are just a few of the ways the historic sites and museums of the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources are celebrating Independence Day this weekend.

The weekend gets started Thursday morning, when staff from the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh will read kids a tall tale after taking a short tour of one of the museum’s wonderful galleries. In the evening, Tryon Palace in New Bern will host the 440th Army Band for a pops concert on its picturesque South Lawn, while the N.C. Symphony plays a free, patriotic concert of its own at Lake Benson Park in Garner.

Though most of our historic sites and museums will be closed Friday for the holiday, several invite you to come and celebrate America’s 238th birthday with them. Tryon Palace will host its annual Glorious Fourth Celebration, featuring fife and drum performances and a reading of the Declaration of Independence, while Historic Halifax will put on tours of historic buildings and other family activities as part of a town-wide Independence Day celebration. The Battleship North Carolina in Wilmington will be open for regular, self-guided tours, while Roanoke Island Festival Park in Manteo will have the U.S. Air Force Heritage of America Band on hand for a pre-fireworks concert.
Back in the Triangle, the State Capitol in Raleigh will host a kids parade, live music and more to celebrate the holiday, while the N.C. Symphony plays a second concert of patriotic tunes, this time at Booth Amphitheatre in Cary.

All of our historic sites and museums will operate on their normal schedules Saturday and Sunday.

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Join Tryon Palace Saturday for the annual Stanly-Spaight duel re-enactment

A murder mystery dinner in Beaufort, a music discovery program in Garner and a duel re-enactment in New Bern are just three of 11 opportunities for family fun you’ll find this weekend at Cultural Resources’ historic sites and museums.

The weekend fun starts Thursday, when the N.C. Maritime Museum in Beaufort hosts a hike through the Rachel Carson Reserve. At the same time, the N.C. Symphony will host a music discovery program from preschoolers at the Southeast Regional Library in Garner.

Friday, Bentonville Battlefield in Four Oaks will hold the last of its summer musket demonstrations, while the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh will open a small exhibit on bluegrass music in North Carolina. The N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh will host three programs Friday:

The N.C. Museum of Art will also screen the new James Bond film, Skyfall, Saturday evening. At the coast Saturday, Tryon Palace in New Bern will re-enact the famed Stanly-Spaight Duel and the Maritime Museum in Beaufort will host a murder mystery-style dinner.

The fun wraps up Sunday with a concert by Scotty McCreery at Roanoke Island Festival Park in Manteo. Tickets are going fast, so get yours soon!

As a reminder, most of our sites and museums will be closed Monday for Labor Day. Have a great day off!

UPDATE: We forgot to include the two great new exhibits opening this weekend at the Museum of the Cape Fear in Fayetteville. Be sure to check out “Freedom Coming, Freedom For All” and “The Photography of Lewis Hine: Exposing Child Labor in North Carolina, 1908-1918.”

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