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Fort Macon To Host State Parks Centennial Celebration Event

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Pat McCrory, Governor
Susan Kluttz, Secretary
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Don Reuter
Release Date: 
Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Fort Macon To Host State Parks Centennial Celebration Event

Raleigh -- RALEIGH, N.C. - Fireworks, cannon blasts, Civil War re-enactments, a U.S. Marine Corps Band concert and a series of family friendly events will be among the many activities offered April 22-24 at Fort Macon State Park in Carteret County to celebrate the 100th anniversary of North Carolina's state parks system.
Beginning on Friday evening on Earth Day, April 22, Fort Macon State Park will treat visitors with a musical performance by the 2d Marine Corps Band, the dedication of cannons and carriages for the fort designed and fabricated by students at Wayne County Community College and a fireworks display to complete the evening.
Throughout the remainder of the weekend, visitors can learn about women's fashions of the Victorian Period, witness re-enactment drills and the siege and capture of Fort Macon, listen to a flag talk, enjoy Civil War era music and much more. To learn more about the events and activities, visit
North Carolina State Parks celebrates 100 years throughout 2016 with 45 centennial celebrations, which will highlight, showcase and celebrate the historic occasion. 
About the North Carolina Division of Parks and Recreation
The Division of Parks and Recreation manages more than 225,000 acres of iconic landscape within North Carolina's state parks, state recreation areas and state natural areas. It administers the N.C Parks and Recreation Trust Fund, including its local grants program, as well as a state trails program, North Carolina Natural and Scenic Rivers and more, all with a mission dedicated to conservation, recreation and education. The state parks system welcomes more than 15 million visitors annually and celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2016.
About the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources
The N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (NCDNCR) is the state agency with a vision to be the leader in using the state's natural and cultural resources to build the social, cultural, educational and economic future of North Carolina. Led by Secretary Susan Kluttz, NCDNCR's mission is to improve the quality of life in our state by creating opportunities to experience excellence in the arts, history, libraries and nature in North Carolina by stimulating learning, inspiring creativity, preserving the state's history, conserving the state's natural heritage, encouraging recreation and cultural tourism, and promoting economic development. NCDNCR includes 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, two science museums, three aquariums and Jennette's Pier, 39 state parks and recreation areas, the N.C. Zoo, the nation's first state-supported Symphony Orchestra, the State Library, the State Archives, the N.C. Arts Council, State Preservation Office and the Office of State Archaeology, along with the Division of Land and Water Stewardship. For more information, please call (919) 807-7300 or visit