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Winston-Salem, North Carolina: First Official July 4th Celebration

Circular plaque in the pavement marks the spot of America's first 4th of July party in 1783.

649 S. Main St., Winston-Salem, NC
South side of the city, in the historic district. Circular plaque inset into the pavement at the center of Salem Square, which occupies the block between S. Main St., E. Academy St., S. Church St., and W St. SW.
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First Official 4th of July Celebration

The first official 4th of July celebration was in 1783 in Salem (now Winston-Salem) at Salem Square. 1783 was the first Independence Day following the British withdrawal of their troops -- the first year that no city in the country was under British control or occupation on July 4th.

[Jody High, 12/23/2023]

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