As our nation prepares to celebrate its 241st anniversary of its independence, here are some great Fourth of July celebrations.
Of course, you can always have a good old-fashioned cookout in your backyard to celebrate our nation’s birthday, but if you’re looking for a bigger shindig then we’ve got some ideas on where you can go to celebrate July 4th.
Fourth of July Celebrations along the NC Coast:
Brunswick Islands – Southern Coast
Ocean Isle Beach, NC
We all love the July 4th at Ocean Isle Beach every year, but you have something else to look forward to this year! A fireworks display will take place from the Ocean Isle Beach Pier on July 3rd at approximately 9 PM.
The fireworks display will last approximately 20 minutes. Viewers will be able to the display from the pier, the beach, or anywhere on the Island.
The annual 4th of July parade will take place on Tuesday, July 4th featuring decorated golf carts and bicycles will begin at 10 am. Participants should meet in the parking lot of the Museum Planetarium at 9:15. The parade will head down second street down to Lee Street. With all these great activities planned, Ocean Isle Beach will be the place to be this Independence Day!
For more info visit OceanIsleBeach.com
Sunset Beach, NC
Start the holiday right with a parade over the Old Bridge! Beginning at 9:00 a.m. members of the Old Bridge Preservation Society have planned fun and festivities for visitors and residents of Sunset Beach. With patriotic music playing and flags waving at the Old Bridge Museum, 109 Shoreline Drive W, Sunset Beach, there are a number of activities planned that are kid-tested and approved. Please join us in this annual traditional start to the holiday.
Starting at 9:00 a.m. children (and adults) are encouraged to bring their decorated bicycles, wagons, strollers or sneakers to ride or march across the Old Bridge in step to rousing patriotic music. This parade is a perfect photo opportunity for grandparents and parents to capture the children in all of their red, white, and blue splendor.
Immediately following the parade, volunteers from the Old Bridge Preservation Society have planned stations with adult supervised good old-fashioned, All-American games and activities. After participating in the parade and games, people are sure to be hungry and there will be light refreshments available.
For many familiar with Sunset Beach and the Old Bridge, the parade over the Old Bridge on the Fourth of July has become a family tradition. So plan to start Independence Day 2016 at the Old Bridge in Sunset Beach, 109 Shoreline Drive West, Sunset Beach! This event is weather dependent so for the latest information, please visit the Old Bridge Preservation Society website at oldbridgepreservationsociety.org or call 910-363-6585. We hope to see you there!
For more info visit SunsetNC.com
Come celebrate Independence Day and see the Fireworks display on Monday, July 4th at the Calabash Waterfront, next to Captain John’s Seafood House. Festivities begin at 6 pm with entertainment byCalabash Fire Department’s very own Jimmy “Two Wraps” Bruno. Fireworks begin around 9:15 pm.
The patriotic spirit of America is alive and well in the City of Southport. For over 200 years this small maritime community has celebrated our nation’s independence in a big way.
The celebration has grown from colonial times when ships lay anchor in her harbor and shot their cannons to today’s festival where 40,000 to 50,000 people come each year to bathe in the richness of spirit commemorating Old Glory. Incorporated as the N.C. 4th of July Festival in the year 1972 the festival committee strives to keep the focus of the festival on honoring our nation’s birthday with a little fun thrown in.
This year there will be arts and crafts booth, food vendors, a 5k Freedom Run/Walk, a televised parade, the Brunswick Band Concert, live entertainment, fireworks, a national art show, children’s games and entertainment, pancake breakfast, sandcastle building contest, horseshoe, volleyball and shag contests.
The festival goes from July 1st through July 4th, and admission is free.
For more information contact Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce or visit www.nc4thofjuly.com
For more info visit: TownofSouthportNC.com
Oak Island, NC
Held July 1st, the annual Oak Island Beach Day offers live entertainment, dozens of family contests, and inflatables from 8am – 9pm at Middleton Park located at 46th Street SE , Oak Island, NC.
The N.C. 4th of July Festival Beach Day is a full day of activities on Oak Island designed for the whole family. If sand sculpture building, volleyball, skateboard, bocce ball contests sound like fun then you will really enjoy Beach Day. But the fun doesn’t stop with the contests, there is also evening entertainment and shag contest. Held annually on July 1st, the celebration combines the merger of the Towns of Yaupon Beach & Long Beach into the Town of Oak Island with the celebration of our Independence Day festivities.
Beach Day activities are organized and sponsored by the Oak Island Parks & Recreation Department.
The Shag Contest is organized by the Society of Brunswick Shaggers.
What is shag dancing? The “Carolina Shag” originated along the area between Myrtle Beach, SC, and Wilmington, NC in the 1940s and is still popular today. A couple’s dance, the Carolina Shag, a descendant of the Carolina Jitterbug, is performed while enjoying beach music. Registration for the Shag Contest is from 6:00p.m.-6:45 p.m. at Middleton Park Extension Soccer Field. The Shag Contest will be held during the band’s break around 7:00 p.m. in Middleton Park Extension. Free to enter but registration form required.
There will not be Oak Island Anniversary Fireworks on Oak Island during Beach Days in 2017.
For more info visit: Oak-IslandNC.com
Crystal Coast – Central Coast
Beaufort’s Fourth of July Fireworks
The annual Fourth of July Parade begins at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 4, and will be along Front Street, starting at Gordon Street and ending at Turner Street. An ice cream social will follow at courthouse square. To participate, contact Martha Barnes with the Downtown Beaufort Development Association at 728-3917.
Fireworks will fill the night sky at 9 p.m. Saturday July 4. The designated viewing area is at Gallants Channel, 172 West Beaufort Road. For more information, contact fireworks sponsors Front Street Village at 838-1524.
Emerald Isle, NC 4th of July Fireworks Off the Pier
The Town will again present July 4th beginning at 9 pm on Tuesday, July 4th. Parking will be available at Bogue Inlet Pier as well as along NC 58. The fireworks will also be visible from Bogue Sound and the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway. Admission: free.
Outer Banks – Northern Coast
25th Annual Independence Day Celebration
JULY 4th FIREWORKS DISPLAY IN COROLLA – What better way to celebrate America’s independence than with free live music by the Tidewater Drive Band and a spectacular fireworks show on the northern Outer Banks!
The 25th Annual Independence Day Celebration in Corolla offers an afternoon of fun family activities. The event features food vendors, a cornhole tournament, watermelon eating contest, and children’s games.
Admission and parking are free; event starts at 12:00 p.m. with children’s games, activities, and food vendors, music starts at 5:00 pm with a fireworks display at dusk.
Sponsored by Currituck Outer Banks Travel & Tourism. Call 252-435-2947 or visit www.VisitCurrituck.com/Events for details. Event location: Historic Corolla Park, 1100 Club Road, Corolla.
Note: No coolers, alcohol or on-street parking permitted. Historic Corolla Park boat ramp is closed; no docking on July 4th.
Fireworks Over the Outer Banks
Nags Head – Nags Head Fishing Pier
The Town of Nags Head will host, in conjunction with the Nags Head Fishing Pier and the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau, the annual Independence Day Fireworks Spectacular is on July 4th, 2017 at 9:25pm on the ocean pier located at Mile Post 11.5 on NC Route 12, S. Virginia Dare Trail in Nags Head. The fireworks display will last approximately 20 minutes.
Parking at and near the fireworks display site will be directed by the Nags Head Police Department. Those attending the show are encouraged to park east of U.S. Highway 158/S. Croatan Highway. Those choosing to park west of U.S. Highway 158/S. Croatan Highway should use extreme caution while attempting to cross this heavily traveled roadway.
All persons attending this event are reminded not to use or block private driveways. Vehicles blocking driveways or presenting a traffic hazard before, during, or immediately following this event will be towed. The Town of Nags Head requests that persons use the public beach accesses as pathways to the oceanfront.
Please stay off the environmentally sensitive dune and do not use the private property of others, such as private gazebos or decks, to view the fireworks without the property owner’s permission.
No vehicles, with the exception of authorized Town and emergency vehicles, will be allowed on the ocean front beaches.
The following public beach accesses are recommended for access to the beach for fireworks viewing:
South of Nags Head Pier
- Curlew Street
- Hollowell Street
- Conch Street
North of Nags Head Pier
- Bladen Street
- Bittern Street
- Bonnett Street
- Barnes Street
- Blackman Street
Jockey’s Ridge State Park is another ideal spot for viewing the fireworks. Other local fireworks may be seen but distantly. The park will be open late July 4th to accommodate visitors. Please call the park at 252-441-7132 for more information.
Manteo – Manteo Waterfront
Town of Manteo 4th of July Celebration: July 4th, 2017: Budleigh Street , Manteo, NC 27954
Phone: 252-473-2133 Celebrate Independence Day with small town flair at the Town of Manteo 4th of July celebration.
Participate in wacky hat contest, decorated bike contest, apple pie contest and so much more. Then after the sun goes down take in one of the best firework shows on the Outer Banks. For more information call the Town of Manteo at 252-473-2133 or visit townofmanteo.com
Duck – Town Of Duck Parade
The 12th Annual Town of Duck 4th of July Parade is scheduled for Tuesday, July 4th 2017 at 9:00 a.m., immediately followed by the Community Celebration at Duck Town Park, 1200 Duck Road.
Immediately following the parade, join us at the Duck Town Park, 1200 Duck Road, for live music, cold refreshments and the awarding of the parade trophies!
The one-mile parade route is the same annually and begins at the crest of the hill on Scarborough Lane. The route follows Scarborough Lane towards the ocean, turns left onto Ocean Way, and then heads down Christopher Drive ending at Duck Road (NC 12). No part of the parade takes place on Duck Road (NC 12). For more information or to register to participate, visit townofduck.com/duck4thofjuly or call 252.255.1286 for more information.
More Information: http://www.townofduck.com/duck4th
Camp Lejeune July 4th Celebration
Celebrate America’s birthday at the 4th of July Celebration on Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune with a fantastic fireworks display, live music by Daughtry, great food and more! Admission: Free
Pre-Independence Day Fireworks
At Carolina Beach, NC
Celebrate Independence Day early with free fireworks and live music by the sea! Enjoy a night of rock, blues and fun with Rebekah Todd and the Odyssey and their soulful tunes. Be sure to arrive early to grab your spot at the gazebo or on the beach to enjoy free entertainment and fireworks by the sea. Weather permitting and schedule is subject to change without notice.
- Time: Entertainment: 6:30 PM, Fireworks: 9:00 PM
- Price: Free
City of Wilmington Fourth of July Celebration
The City of Wilmington 4th of July Celebration will feature live entertainment and food vendors in beautiful historic downtown Wilmington. The fireworks display will begin at 9:05 pm and will be launched from a barge in the Cape Fear River. Spend a night to remember with the whole family at this year’s Independence Day celebrations! For more information including parking and traffic information please visit the city’s website.
- Time: 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
- Price: Free