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Glory, Glory! Where to Celebrate the Fourth of July in the Cape Fear

Wednesday, June 19, 2019   /   by Anne Rose

Glory, Glory! Where to Celebrate the Fourth of July in the Cape Fear

There's something about Fourth of July celebrations close to the water. Add a splash of historic backdrops and loads of tradition, and you've got Independence Day parties, fireworks, and observances that draw both locals and visitors.

Whether you are a creature of habit, and head for the same spot with your beach chair, blanket, and picnic to watch the pyrotechnics, or if you are always up for something different, we've got a list of the best southeastern North Carolina Independence Day celebrations.

June 29

4th Annual Freedom Fest
Sat 2-6 pm, Waterline Brewing Company, Wilmington NC

July 1

NC 4th of July Festival Beach Day
Mon - Tues Middleton Park, Oak Island NC
Oak Island Parks and Recreation invites you and your family to the annual Beach Day on July 1st. Beginning at 9am with the horseshoe tournament, there will be live entertainment, dozens of family contest and inflatable rides at Middleton Park. There will also be a corn hole, bocce, sand castle, and volleyball contest on the beach in front of the cabana. A skate boarding contest continues the fun at the skate park. The fun continues with a live beach band and shag contest at Middleton Park and usually ends at dusk.

July 2

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North Carolina July 4th Festival

July 2 - 4 9 am - 6 pm Franklin Square Park, Southport NC
Find information on entertainment, food, and music happening at the City of Southport's festival celebration our nation's birthday at the festival website.

July 3

July 3rd Independence Day Celebration
Wed 5:30 pm Soundside Park, Surf City NC
Surf City's Annual July 3rd Independence Day Celebration starts at 5:30pm on Wednesday. Find food vendors, Johnny White & the Elite Band, and fireworks at dusk. Parking at Soundside Park for handicap and VIP Parking only. Lawn Chairs welcome, coolers are subject to search, no alcohol allowed. **Standing access on the bridge Only** During the fireworks display there will be no through pedestrian access on a designated section of the bridge for public safety concerns. After the fireworks display full pedestrian access will be open.

Music & Fireworks on CB Boardwalk
Wed 6:30-9:30 pm Boardwalk, Carolina Beach NC
Head over to the Gazebo Stage at the Carolina Beach Boardwalk for Music and Independence Day Fireworks starring Polar Bear Blues, delivering their own brand of rhythm and blues that has made this band a regional favorite for more than 40 years. Hosted by the Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce.

Rocky Mount Independence Day Celebration
Wed 6 - 9 pm Rocky Mount Sports Complex, Rocky Mount NC
An evening of kids' activities, food booths, and arts & crafts, culminating in a spectacular fireworks display.

StoneCloud at Lumberton Fireworks
Wed 8 pm Lumberton Senior High, Lumberton NC

2019 July Freedom Celebration

Wed 9 pm Ocean Isle Beach Pier, Ocean Isle Beach NC
Fireworks at the pier will start around 9pm. Rain date is July 6.

July 4

The Battle for Independence Road Race
Thurs 6:30 am Cross City Trail, Independence Blvd, Wilmington NC
The race is flat and fast, with cash prizes, helping draw in the best athletes in our region, but is also family friendly for runners of all ages with awards for kids, military, and first-responders. Each participant is treated with southern hospitality as we celebrate the birth of our nation, while honoring those who served with contributions to Step Up for Soldiers & Team RWB. Register online.

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Firecracker Open at Magnolia Greens
Thurs 9 am Magnolia Green Golf Plantation, Leland NC
Kick-off your Independence Day celebrations with this 18-hole four-player Captain's Choice tournament. Entry Fee: $10 + Applicable Golf Rate Join us for an all-American cookout following your round. Get participation information at the event page on Facebook

Fourth of July Fireworks Extravaganza from the Battleship
Thurs 6-11 pm Battleship North Carolina, Wilmington NC
Celebrating freedom and honoring heroes from the deck of the Battleship. Purchase tickets online.

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City of Wilmington 4th of July Fireworks!
Thurs 9:05 pm Downtown Wilmington, Wilmington NC
Choreographed fireworks show kicks off at 9:05 pm sharp with prime viewing from the downtown riverfront.  

4th on Front
Thurs 12 pm Rebellion NC, Wilmington NC
Rebellion throws an Independence Day party in the Alley with Gossin Bros. live from 6-9 pm.

Red White & Bluegrass 4th of July Celebration
Thur 6 pm Marina Grill, Wilmington NC
Celebrate the 4th with us on the water at Port City Marina in Downtown Wilmington with live music from Massive Grass on Pier 33, BBQ, drinks and more! This event is FREE for all to attend. Fireworks are scheduled for 9:05 pm and the music will continue after the fireworks until 10PM.
Behind Marina Grill - The Pier at Port City Marina
10 Harnett Street, Wilmington, NC

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