Old Salem Celebrates July 4th

Old Salem Celebrates July 4th

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06/29/2011

 

Old Salem Museums & Gardens will host a July 4th celebration like none other, with a United States naturalization ceremony on Salem Square, a performance of the Psalm of Joy, a reading of the Declaration of Independence, and several more activities throughout the day.
 
At 10am on Salem Square, Old Salem will host a naturalization ceremony, where about 100 candidates from the western region of North Carolina will officially become citizens.  The ceremony, administered by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, will feature a keynote address by Dr. Max Gomez, one of TV’s most respected medical journalists, and a naturalized citizen himself.  The ceremony also includes a performance by the Giannini Brass. 
 
Other activities throughout the day in Salem include a performance of the 1783 Psalm of Joy by the Moramus Chorale and Chamber Orchestra, a reading of the Declaration of Independence, rifle and musket firing demonstrations, a fire engine drill, and a late-afternoon procession around Salem Square – the same walk that the residents of Salem took during the first July 4th celebration in 1783.
 
Admission to the naturalization ceremony is free. All other activities are included with the purchase of an All In One Ticket, and occur throughout the day.
 
For the complete details of the day’s activities, the naturalization ceremony, or Dr. Max Gomez, please visit http://www.oldsalem.org/independenceday.
 

Old Salem Museums & Gardens is one of America’s most comprehensive history attractions. Its museums — the Historic Town of Salem and the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts (MESDA), along with award-winning heirloom gardens — engage visitors in an educational and memorable historical experience about those who lived and worked in the early South. The web site address is www.oldsalem.org.

 

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Old Salem Museums & Gardens in the Fall

Old Salem Museums & Gardens in the Fall

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Moravian Culture in Winston-Salem, NC

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History comes to life in Winston-Salem, where some of the best-preserved colonial heritage sites in the country can be found. Members of the Moravian sect settled in the area in the mid-18th century.

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Winston-Salem is centrally located in North Carolina between the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Atlantic Ocean beaches. It is easily accessible by car via Interstate 40, Business Interstate 40, Interstate 77, Interstate 85 and U.S. Highway 52. Scheduled air service is available through Piedmont Triad International Airport just 20 minutes east of Winston-Salem. Accommodations range from bed and breakfasts to luxury hotel rooms. For more information on Winston-Salem, call toll free 866.728.4200; go to www.visitwinstonsalem.com; or stop by the Winston-Salem Visitor Center, 200 Brookstown Avenue in the historic Brookstown Mill area just south of downtown Winston-Salem.

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