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Granting of Citizenship Ceremony

  • Harmony Hall Kinston, NC (map)

Independence Day Ceremony
Set for Kinston’s Harmony Hall

Historic Harmony Hall, once the de facto capital of North Carolina in downtown Kinston, will host its 14th Naturalization and Granting of Citizenship in the United States ceremony on July 4, 2018.

The event, open to the public, will take place at 9:00 am under a tent on the grounds of Harmony Hall, 109 E. King Street. US Congressman Walter Jones, fresh off his electoral primary victory and who has attended every citizenship ceremony since 2005, will once again be a featured guest.

The keynote speech will be delivered by Rev. Jason McKnight, native of Canada who received his US citizenship a few years ago and now lives in Kinston.

Chief Judge James C. Dever III of Raleigh will preside over the ceremony, and induct citizenship candidates. 

United States Air Force Auxiliary Goldsboro Composite Squadron Civil Air Patrol will present and post colors. Greenville Public Safety Pipes and Drums will lead the candidates into the service. Soloist Chris Raines will sing The National Anthem and America the Beautiful. Representatives of the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Kinston Free Press and Lenoir County Historical Association will also participate in the special event.

Harmony Hall, built in 1772, was owned twice by Lenoir County native Richard Caswell who became North Carolina’s first elected governor in 1777. Upon becoming governor, Caswell moved all the state records from New Bern to Kinston and Harmony Hall. New Bern was considered vulnerable to British warships as the American Revolution battles got underway.

Earlier Event: June 7
SUMMERFEST | Spare Change
Later Event: June 21
SUMMERFEST | Jonathan Parker Band