More than 2,000 people were expected to turn out for the event, which included a ribbon cutting. The public celebration was scheduled to last until 7 p.m.
The festivities featured live music, local barbecue, activities for the kids and other surprises, took place at the data center site, located at 708 Lynhaven Drive, Lenoir.
Google began construction on the data center more than 200 acres of land in Lenoir in January 2007.
(Note: This story contains information from The News-Topic.)