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As the first state to declare July 4 a holiday, North Carolina has a long history of kicking up its heels in celebration of U.S. independence. New Bern held the first celebration in 1778 after congress declared it a national holiday. It wasn’t until nearly 90 years later that any other state made the date official.
This article describes historical Fourth of July celebrations in Raleigh, which consisted of cannon salutes and toasts. In July of 1800, the Raleigh Register and North Carolina Weekly Advertiser reprinted the Declaration of Independence and published sixteen salutes that were given by cannoneers at the Raleigh independence festival.
This article discusses the celebration of Independence Day in North Carolina from the declaration of the Continental Congress through the first hundred years of the nation.