In 1783, North Carolina Governor Alexander Martin became the first American governor to issue a state order for celebrating the Fourth of July. Step back in time and attend one of our earliest celebrations of the Glorious Fourth! There will be a reading of the Declaration of Independence done on the Palace front steps following the Fife and Drum Corps Parade down the main Allee at 11am. The 1st NC Regiment of the Continental Line will be on the South Lawn during the event and will perform a firing demonstration directly after the reading of the Declaration of Independence. Kids will have a chance to practice using a quill pen to sign their own copy of the Declaration. We’ll have various individuals from the period (with several viewpoints from the period) roaming the grounds as well so guests can have a chance to chat with historic individuals.