Capitol to continue Fourth of July tradition

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RALEIGH— The North Carolina State Capitol is hosting a free, fun-filled family event on the Fourth of July that is now a Raleigh tradition. An outdoor naturalization ceremony for new citizens will take place at noon Tuesday on the Capitol’s south grounds. After the ceremony, the traditional “Salute to Independence” will feature a reading of Thomas Jefferson’s most noble achievement, The Declaration of Independence.

The event will offer a variety of musical performances, carriage rides and several hands-on activities for children to enjoy from noon to 5 p.m. Join in sack races, try your hand at quill writing, pie the redcoat or dress up like a Revolutionary-era citizen. Visitors also can listen to patriotic tunes performed by the Raleigh Concert Band.

The Capitol building will be open and available for touring. Inside the Capitol, visitors can see a letter that showcases the signature of Thomas Jefferson, third president of the United States, Founding Father and author of The Declaration of Independence. The document, on loan from the State Archives, is part of the archives’ vault collection and not often available for public viewing. It will be on display at the Capitol until July 11.

The State Capitol’s mission is to preserve and interpret the history, architecture and functions of the 1840 building and Union Square. For additional information about the Capitol or the exhibit, call 919-733-4994.