Old Salem Museums & Gardens to Present Independence Day Celebrations July 4&5

Naturalization Ceremony to be Held at 10 a.m. on July 4

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WINSTON-SALEM, NC (JUNE 9, 2015) Old Salem Museums & Gardens will celebrate Independence Day with two days of fun activities for the whole family. Events will take place on July 4from 9:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. and July 5 from 1 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. throughout the historic district.

The Independence Day celebration on July 4 will include a Naturalization Ceremony at 10 a.m. The Ceremony will last until 11 a.m. and will take place on Salem Square at S. Main Street and Academy Street. The Ceremony will be conducted by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services staff and will take place on the same spot where the first official July 4th celebration in the U.S. took place in Salem in 1783. This will be the fifth year that Old Salem has hosted a Naturalization Ceremony. There will be special music, the Pledge of Allegiance, andthe most moving and inspiring part of the event will be the administration of the Oath of Allegiance and the presentation of certificates to the new citizens. Additionally, there will be speeches by several dignitaries, including one keynote speaker, Salem College President, Dr. Lorraine Sterritt. Prior to her current role, she served as the Dean for Administration at Harvard College and a member of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University.

The Naturalization Ceremony is free and open to the public.

Additional events and activities that attendees at the ticketed Independence Day Celebration on July 4 can participate in include (subject to change):

  • Listening to patriotic music
  • Playing early American games in the Tavern Meadow
  • Participating in fire engine demonstrations
  • Listening to a reading of the Declaration of Independence
  • Making patriotic punched paper to take home
  • Tasting an early recipe for ice cream.
  • Listening to the Giannini Brass, which will perform a patriotic concert on the Square from 3:30-4:15 p.m. (rain location James A. Gray, Jr. Auditorium in the Visitor Center)
  • Historic Buildings will close at 4 p.m. for all guests to join us at the Square for a 4:15 p.m. re-enactment of the 1783 celebration of July 4th by the Moravians in Salem

The fun will continue on July 5 with events and activities from 1 to 4:30 p.m., including:

  • Listening to patriotic music organ demonstrations
  • Watching gunsmithing demonstrations
  • Seeing historic trades demonstrations
  • Visiting the graves of revolutionary war soldiers
  • and more!

The activities each day are included with the purchase of an All-In-One ticket, which are $23 for adults and $11 for children ages 6-16. Tickets can be purchased online at oldsalem.org or at the Visitor Center at 900 Old Salem Road. For more information, please contact (336) 721-7350or info@oldsalem.org.


About Old Salem

Old Salem Museums & Gardens is one of America’s most comprehensive history attractions. Its museums—the Historic Town of Salem, the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts (MESDA), and the Gardens at Old Salem—engage visitors in an educational and memorable historical experience about those who lived and worked in the early South. Old Salem Museums & Gardens is located at 600 South Main Street in Winston-Salem. For more information call 336-721-7300 or visit oldsalem.org.