Fourth of July events in Southeastern N.C.: The Roundup

Wilmington 4th of July fireworks. (Source: Kolby Skidmore Bass)
Wilmington 4th of July fireworks. (Source: Kolby Skidmore Bass)

SOUTHEASTERN N.C. (WECT) – The Fourth of July is on a Sunday this year, but events are kicking off as soon as Thursday to celebrate Independence Day. Here’s a roundup of all of the events taking place in Southeastern N.C. that you can attend to celebrate the Fourth of July. We will continue to update this page throughout the week.



  • The North Carolina Fourth of July Festival’s Beach Day on Oak Island: Kicking off a full day of activities with an 8 a.m. horseshoe tournament, Beach Day is designed for the whole family. Activities throughout the day include sand sculpture building, volleyball, bocce ball contests, food trucks and inflatable rides. In the evening, there will be entertainment and a shag dancing contest. For more details and registration for Beach Day on Oak Island, click here.
  • The Island Men Patriotic Golf Cart Palooza: Golf carts in Carolina Beach will be decorated with patriotic colors and designs in an effort to support the Island Men charities. The golf cart parade will ride through some of Carolina Beach’s residential neighborhoods, beginning at the St. Joseph Street entrance at the Publix parking lot and finishing at the Carolina Beach Gazebo. The line will begin forming at 4 p.m. with the ride beginning at 5:30 p.m. For rules, registration and more information, click here.
  • 34th annual Columbus County fireworks Celebration: Taking place at South Columbus High School in Tabor City, gates open at 6:00 p.m., entertainment begins at 7:00 p.m., and fireworks take to the sky at 9:30 p.m. There will be entertainment, raffle drawings, a tribute to veterans, and of course… fireworks! For more information, click here.
  • Wilmington Sharks baseball: Wilmington’s professional baseball team takes on the Morehead City Marlins, where fans can enjoy “Thirsty Thursday” with a $1 beer special. It’s also “Salute to Sticky Stuff Night,” where sticky stuff giveaways will be happening throughout the game, which begins at 7:05 p.m. Sharks games are played at the Legion Stadium baseball field.



  • Fireworks by the Sea & Boardwalk BlastOn Friday night, Pleasure Island Summers ‘officially’ begin with the weekly fireworks display. Watch the weekly show on the beach strand located in front of the historic Carolina Beach Boardwalk, where live music plays at the Gazebo stage. The music starts at 6:30 p.m. followed by the fireworks at 9:00 PM. Please check their Website and Social Media for latest updates. For more information, click here.
  • Wilmington Sharks baseball: The Sharks take on the Bandits for a “Fintastic Friday Findependence Day Celebration” which features beer specials and foam fin hats for Sharks fans. The first pitch is at 7:05 p.m., and there will be post-game fireworks. Sharks games are played at the Legion Stadium baseball field.
  • Holly Ridge Liberty Festival: The Town of Holly Ridge hosts their annual Liberty Festival, located at the Holly Ridge Municipal Park from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. There will be live music from The Carolina Band and The Imitations, in addition to vendors, food rides and of course, fireworks. Fireworks begin at 9 p.m.



  • Town of Surf City July 3rd Independence Day Celebration: Surf City is holding it’s Independence Day celebration on Saturday at Soundside Park. The fun gets underway at 6 p.m., with fireworks going off at 9 p.m.
  • Wilmington Sharks baseball: The “Findependence Day Celebration” continues with “Swimmin’ Saturday” as the Sharks take on Edenton at 7:05 p.m. There will be post-game fireworks. Sharks games are played at the Legion Stadium baseball field.



  • Riverfront Park Grand Opening: Plans for this park have been in the works since 2013, so a big celebration is expected on July 4. Beginning at 1 p.m., the family friendly event will include local bands, kids activities, food, a beer garden and more. The park will close at 8 p.m. to allow people time to get repositioned for the city’s fireworks display which will take place at 9:05 p.m. Note that fireworks will not be visible from the park. For more on the event, check out this WECT story.
  • Ocean Isle Beach July 4th Parade: Decorate your golf cart, bicycle, car/float! Pepole are also welcome to wear red, white, and blue and walk the parade. The free event is happening from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Town Center Park. Participants line up at 3 p.m. in the parking areas of the Town Center Park (11. E Second Street) and Museum of Coastal Carolina. Judging will take place at 3:30 p.m. The parade route begins at entrance of the Museum, travel east on 2nd Street and ends at Lee Street.

Again, this page will be updated throughout the week, so check back for new events as we approach the weekend.

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