Where to Celebrate 4th of July

As our nation prepares to celebrate is 236th anniversary of its independence, locals are preparing for their fourth of July celebrations as well. Of course you can always have a good old-fashioned cookout in your back yard 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:

Southport, NC

For over 200 years the city of Southport has celebrated our nation’s independence is grand fashion. Over 50,000 people from all over the southern states attend the festival each year.

This year there will be arts and crafts booth, food vendors, a 5k Freedom Run/Walk, a televised parade, the Sea Notes Choral 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 2nd through July 4th, and admission is free.

For more information contact Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce, (800) 457-6964 or email events@southport-oakisland.com

Ocean Isle Beach, NC

The annual fourth of July parade will take place once again beginning at 10am on the 4th. Decorated floats, golf carts and bicycles will be judged and prizes awarded. Make sure you wave as the parade makes its way through Ocean Isle beach. Line up for floats and other participants of the parade must be in Museum parking lot by 9:30.

Wilmington, NC

In Grand tradition the 16th Annual Battleship Blast will never cease to amaze its viewers. The Battleship North Carolina is preparing not only for its annual fireworks ceremony this Fourth of July but also its 50th Anniversary. The displays this year are certainly not going to disappoint.

Noted as Coastal Living’s 10 Spots to Celebrate the Fourth and recent recipient of Southeast Tourism Society’s award of Top 20 things to due in July, the Battleship NORTH CAROLINA, U.S. Cellular, and the City of Wilmington present the 2012 16th Annual Battleship Blast Fireworks show sponsored by Food Lion, Star News Media, WECT TV-6 and 102.7 WGNI on Wednesday, July 4, 2012. At 9:05pm the Battleship fireworks spectacular will begin. You don’t want to miss this year as the fireworks display will take on new forms that have never been seen in Wilmington before. Primary viewing for the fireworks will be from downtown Wilmington. The entire Battleship complex on Eagles Island will be closed at 6:00pm and all vehicles will be required to leave by 6:30pm. Therefore, come early and visit the equally impressive Battleship NORTH CAROLINA before the activities in the evening. 910/251-5797 USS NORTH CAROLINA Battleship Hwy. 17/74/76/421 Intersection Wilmington, NC


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