Tryon Palace is canceling its Holiday Cheer event, originally scheduled for Dec. 12 and 19, due to the recent increase in COVID-19 cases in North Carolina.  

Tryon Palace will welcome the holiday season and the coming New Year with a black-powder fireworks display from the South Lawn, on Saturday, Dec. 19 at 7 p.m.  

All are welcome to come view the fireworks from the safety of your car. Parking is available at the Eden Street and North Carolina History Center parking lots, or from the streets surrounding the Palace.

A file photo shows a fireworks display on the South Lawn.

The street just South of the Palace (Palace Point Commons) will be closed for the show. The fireworks display is sponsored by First Citizens Bank, Hyundai of New Bern, and Persimmons Waterfront Restaurant.

Tryon Palace Executive Director Bill McCrea said, “We are disappointed to make the tough choice to cancel this beloved event, however, with the fireworks display, we hope to spread holiday cheer to the community of New Bern, and we look forward to seeing everyone again at next year’s Candlelight event.”

Tryon Palace remains open and operating as normal, Mondays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sundays from noon – 5 p.m. This includes our Holiday Décor Tours, Palace Tours, Garden Passes and the North Carolina History Center. Please see our website for an updated schedule,  

Tryon Palace apologizes for any inconvenience caused by the cancellation of Holiday Cheer. Ticket holders will be given the option for a refund, or have the opportunity to donate their ticket price in support of Tryon Palace. Patrons who purchased their tickets online are encouraged to watch their email in the coming days for full details.  Ticket holders who purchased in-person can call 800-767-1560 for a refund, or choose to donate as well.

Tryon Palace, located in New Bern, N.C., is part of the Office of Archives and History, an agency of the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.

Tryon Palace is one of North Carolina’s most significant historic sites. It is the home of the Governor’s Palace, North Carolina’s first colonial and first state capitol, and includes historic buildings, gardens, and the North Carolina History Center, which revolutionizes the visitor experience through use of the latest interactive technology.

The History Center includes galleries, a performance hall, the museum store, and a waterfront café. Tryon Palace’s mission is to engage present and future generations in the history of North Carolina from early settlement in 1710, through the development of statehood, and into the mid-twentieth century. It is dedicated to collecting, interpreting, and preserving objects, buildings, landscapes, and events that enrich understanding of the making of our state and nation.
Tickets and visitor information are available at the Tryon Palace Waystation, located at the corner of George Street and Pollock Street in New Bern. For directions and further information about special events, programs or group tours, employment and more, visit its web site: or phone 800-767-1560 or 252-639-3500.

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