HALIFAX — Celebrate 236 years of American Independence from Great Britain on Thursday, April 12, 2012, at the annual Halifax Day festivities held in Halifax. From 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., visitors at Historic Halifax State Historic Site may join in the remembrance of the vote by North Carolina’s Provincial Congress to separate from the British Crown on April 12, 1776.
The program will feature colonial-costumed interpreters and tours of historic buildings for young and old. It is sponsored by the Historical Halifax Restoration Association, Inc. All activities are free and open to the public.
The 1776 Halifax Resolves resolution was the first official move for independence made by any of the 13 original American colonies. This revolutionary step is one of the most important events in the state’s history, and its date — April 12, 1776 — is recognized on the North Carolina flag. Though the resolves document itself was signed by only the Fourth Provincial Congress Secretary James Green Jr., it was passed unanimously by the 83 delegates present.
Tours of the site’s historic buildings will be held from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. A site map is available at http://www.nchistoricsites.org/halifax/site-map.jpg.
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