Winston-Salem, NC – Old Salem Museums & Gardens will celebrate Independence Day with three days of fun activities for the whole family. Events will take place on July 2 from 9:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., July 3 from 1 to 4:30 p.m., and July 4 from 9:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. throughout the historic district.

On July 2nd and 3rd, Old Salem will kick-off its Independence Day Celebration with a variety of fun activities including patriotic music, period games, and more. On Saturday, July 2, Signora Bella, the Great Italian Equilibrist, will be on hand for performances throughout the day. Tracing her roots to the Italian theatrical style of Commedia Dell’Arte, Signora Bella stuns audiences with her feats of balance and her juggling of sharp Turkish swords and flaming torches. Her high energy performances encourage audience participation creating a unique performance every time.

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 South 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 sixth year that Old Salem has hosted a Naturalization Ceremony. There will be special music, the Pledge of Allegiance, and the 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 Kay Hagan, former United States Senator.  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

·Participating in fire engine demonstrations

·Listening to a reading of the Declaration of Independence

·Hearing the Psalm of Joy being performed at Home Moravian Church accompanied by a Lovefeast in commemoration of the musical celebration of peace in Salem at the end of the Revolutionary War.

·Enjoying a concert entitled “Celebrate America!” by Leonard Rowe, baritone, at noon at St. Philips. Rowe will be accompanied by David Pegg on piano and the concert will include music by Aaron Copland, patriotic song, U.S. Armed Forces songs, and spirituals.

·Historic Buildings will close at 4 p.m. for all guests to join us at the Square for a 4:15 p.m. commemoration of the 1783 celebration of July 4th by the Moravians in Salem

The activities each day 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 at or at the Visitor Center at 900 Old Salem Road. For more information, please contact (336) 721-7350 or

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