Independence Day Celebration

Old Salem Historic District

Plaque in Salem Square commemorating the first public July 4th celebration in the United States.

Begin your visit at the Old Salem Visitor Center (900 Old Salem Road) where you can enjoy a free orientation video and free parking.


Independence Day CelebrationWednesday, July 4, 20189:30 am - 4:30 pmOld Salem Historic District

Did you know Salem was the site of the first public July 4th celebration? Join us as we continue the celebration! Enjoy hands-on activities, patriotic music, demonstrations, and fun for the whole family.

  • At 10:00 a.m., we will host our annual Naturalization Ceremony. At this moving ceremony, candidates for US citizenship will take an oath of allegiance to become new Americans. Admission is free.
  • Watch the Gunsmiths at work and see patriotic ornamentation on early longriflesView the graves of Revolutionary War soldiers
  • Learn about African Americans who served in the Revolutionary War
  • Put your “John Hancock” on the Declaration of Independence—learn about this important document and take your turn signing
  • Enjoy performances by a Moravian Brass Band
  • Experience an 1830s Independence Day Celebration and learn about the popular Election Cakes
  • Hear Patriotic Music on the 1798 Tannenberg Organ
  • See Historic Trades Demonstrations
  • Visit the Summer Garden and see its harvest being prepared and preserved in the kitchen
  • Learn about historic medicines and watch them being made
  • Visit the kitchen and learn how summer milk is utilized for cheese making
  • Paint your own botanical watercolor and more!

Activities are included with the purchase of All-In-One tickets, which are $27 for adults and $13 for students ages 4-18. Tickets can be purchased online or at the Visitor Center at 900 Old Salem Road.

For more information, please contact (336) 721-7350 or