It’s no surprise that coastal North Carolina shines in the summer. Between our beautiful beaches, historic cities, and bustling downtowns there’s always something to do, see, or celebrate. At Coastal Realty Connections, we make it our personal mission to fit as much excitement into our summers as possible and enjoy all our area has to offer. To help you do the same, we’re rounded up some of our favorite local events, including Fourth of July celebrations. Check them out and let us know how much fun you had!
Southport and Oak Island
Southport 4th of July Festival
June 24—July 4, Southport Waterfront
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. Incorporated as the official North Carolina 4th of July Festival in 1972, this event focuses on honoring our nation’s birthday with a little fun thrown in. There are a number of events leading up to the main event, so check out their full schedule. The grand finale is a fireworks show on the 4th, followed by a live band on the Waterfront Stage. It’s a celebration you won’t want to miss!
Wilmington 4th of July Celebration
July 4, North Waterfront Park
Not to be outdone by Southport, Wilmington also hosts a fantastic festival for the Fourth. The party starts at 6pm and the fireworks begin lighting up the sky over the Cape Fear River at 9:05pm. For the best view, head to the North Waterfront Park, located at the foot of Harnett Street, and bring a lawn chair or a blanket so you can enjoy the show in comfort.
Port City Rib Fest
August 5—7, Corner of Cowan St & Nutt Street
In its inaugural year, the Port City Rib Fest drew a crowd of over 17,000 people from around the country to taste the nation’s best BBQ, and the fun has continued to grow! Held along the Wilmington riverfront, this three-day festival celebrates great BBQ and music. Enjoy not only ribs but beef brisket, chopped and sliced pork, chicken, sausages and a plethora of side items, desserts and drinks prepared Memphis-style, Chicago-style, Texas-style and more. You won’t find a more delicious festival in North Carolina!
New Bern’s July 4th Celebration
July 4, Lawson Creek Park
Each year for the Fourth, the city of New Bern hosts an afternoon full of fun, followed by a spectacular fireworks show. The event begins at 3pm with food vendors, kids’ games, music, and dancing, all leading up to the fireworks show, which starts at 9:15pm. This event is free and open to the public—enjoy!
The Glorious Fourth at Tryon Palace
July 4, 10am—4pm, New Bern
If you like your Fourth of July celebrations with a dose of history, stop by The Glorious Fourth celebration at Tryon Palace. This free event includes historical interpreters, games and crafts for all ages, exhibitions, music, access to the gardens, and a live reading of the Declaration of Independence on the Palace steps.
For more ideas to help you make the most of life in southeastern North Carolina, check our blog regularly. If you’d like to make a permanent home for yourself in this area, contact us today. Our team will help you find and buy your dream house, making it easy to enjoy these fabulous festivals and events all year long