Celebrate Fourth of July at the Site of the Nation’s First Documented Independence Day Celebration

This Independence Day, you’re invited to celebrate on the site of our nation’s first documented Independence Day celebration…right here in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. As far back as 1783, the town of Salem gained notoriety as an enclave for those seeking the freedom to pursue a Moravian way of life. Salem also made history as the site of the first ever Independence Day Celebration in the United States.

Over the years, as the town of Salem evolved into Winston-Salem, the same cherished traditions remained. Each year, the historic district known as Old Salem Museums & Gardens commemorates not only our nation’s independence, but also their proud place in American (and Moravian) history.

Visitors are invited to celebrate this July 4th in historic Salem Square with a host of activities, including performances from the Old Salem Moravian Brass Band, live demonstrations from costumed re-enactors, sample Declarations of Independence to sign, and interactive art exhibits. Visitors will learn about African Americans who served in the Revolutionary War, as well as explore some of the customs and issues surrounding the African American community in context at the time as part of Old Salem’s emerging Hidden Town Initiative. Tradespeople dressed in period clothing will demonstrate crafts, handiwork, pottery and gunsmithing, including patriotic ornamentation on early longrifles. And horticulturalists will share tips and tours of the various gardens used for food, medicine and even decoration.

The day kicks off at 10 a.m. with a public swearing-in at an official U.S. Naturalization Ceremony.

To learn more about the day’s events, and to plan a visit to historic Old Salem any time of year, visit VisitWinstonSalem.com.
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 Old Salem Visitor Center at 900 Old Salem Road. For more information, please contact (336) 721-7350 or info@oldsalem.org.