Celebrate Independence Day
from the River to the Sea

A patriotic July 4th experience is awaiting you in Wilmington and our island beaches. With spectacular fireworks shows, scenic cruises, live music and more, there's no shortage of fun and patriotic events to keep you and your family entertained. Book your Fourth of July vacation now and pack your red, white and blue for a weekend full of coastal fun!

Tuesday, July 4

city of Wilmington 4th of JulyCity of Wilmington 4th of July Celebration
Downtown Wilmington
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Watch a spectacular fireworks show over the Cape Fear River at the City of Wilmington's 4th of July Celebration. Enjoy live entertainment and food vendors along Water Street in Riverfront Park before the fireworks kick off. Learn More

July 4th  Firecrackfireworkser Cruise
212 Water St. Wilmington, NC
7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Join Wilmington Water Tours in celebrating Independence Day with their annual Firecracker Cruise.  Enjoy a 90 minute cruise on the beautiful Cape Fear River followed by front row seats on the water for the City of Wilmington Fireworks show as well as heavy appetizers and patriotic drink specials. Learn More 

Mr. Roberts July 4thMister Roberts at the Battleship NORTH CAROLINA
1 Battleship Road, Wilmington, NC
6:00 pm
On select days starting July 4, enjoy the production of Mister Roberts at the Battleship NORTH CAROLINA. This Tony Award-winning play is based on the Thomas Heggen novel about his experiences aboard cargo ships during World War II. The July 4th performance features refreshments and first-class viewing of the Wilmington Fireworks show. Learn More

Other Weekend Events

Downtown Sundown Presents: 20 Ride: July 1Downtown Sundown Presents: 20 Ride: June 30
Riverfront Park
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Start your weekend celebrations while grooving to the music of 20 Ride, a Zac Brown tribute band, in the Historic River District overlooking the Cape Fear River. Learn More

Boogie in the parkBoogie in the Park: The Jam Sandwich Band: July 2
Kure Beach Ocean Front Park
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Gather at the park for classic rock, blues and southern rock with The Jam Sandwich Band. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and your boogie shoes for some family-friendly entertainment by the sea! Learn More

Stars & StripesN.C. Symphony Presents: Stars & Stripes: July 2 
The Wilson Center
7:30 pm
Beat the heat on Sunday to listen to some good, old-fashioned music saluting the red, white and blue! Learn More


SandlotFree Movies at the Lake: The Sandlot July 2
Carolina Beach Lake Park
8:45 pm
Find a spot on the lawn and enjoy an outdoor showing of the all-American classic,The Sandlot. Take a step back in time with this family comedy of a group of boys and a summer they will never forget. Learn More

Independence Day FireworksIndependence Day Fireworks: July 3
Carolina Beach Boardwalk at the Gazebo
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Celebrate Independence Day a day early with free fireworks and live music by the sea! Live music starts at 6:30 p.m. at the gazebo on the Carolina Beach Boardwalk and fireworks will begin at 9:00 pm. Learn More