Family-Friendly Fourth of July

Fireworks, Festivals, Food and Family Fun

There is nothing like the Fourth of July at the beach. Sun shining, kids playing, popsicles melting. Fireworks launch pretty late in the summer, but if your kids can stay up, there are many places to see a patriotic display.

Downtown Wilmington
July 4 | 9 p.m.

Wilmington’s Independence Day Celebration

Fireworks in Downtown Wilmington are usually launched on July 4th around 9:00 P.M., but the City hasn’t announced the celebration yet this year. The fireworks can easily be seen from anywhere along the Wilmington Riverwalk. View their event calendar for the latest event information.

Carolina Beach Boardwalk
Various Times

Carolina Beach Boardwalk Fireworks by the Sea

During the summer months, the Carolina Beach Boardwalk has a fireworks display every Thursday. Every Tuesday is Family Night on the Boardwalk. The Carolina Beach Boardwalk Amusement Park has kid-friendly rides. Visit their website for the most up to date information.

Buck Hardee Field
July 3 & 5

Wilmington Sharks Baseball & Fireworks

Pack up the peanuts and CrackerJacks and head to Buck Hardee Field for some baseball. The Wilmington Sharks take on Holly Springs Salamanders on July 3. The team will have fireworks on Sunday, July 2 and Monday July 3. There will also be a fireworks show June 17.

Southport & Oak Island, NC
July 1 – 4

North Carolina 4th of July Festival

The week is full of patriotic activities in Southport and Oak Island, including an air show, first responders vehicles display, live music, Uncle Sam skydiving show, food, fireworks and much more. See the full schedule. Below are just a few of the child-friendly activities.

July 1 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Beach Day Youth Activities & Contests, Inflatable Rides, Food and Contests
Middleton Park Extension 46th St & Dolphin Dr, Oak Island

July 1 @ 9:00 pm
Beach Day Town of Oak Island Anniversary Fireworks
Oak Island Pier 705 Ocean Dr., Oak Island

July 2 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Children’s Entertainment
Fort Johnston Lawn 203 E Bay St.

July 3 @ 8:00 am
Children’s Games
Southport Waterfront Park

July 3 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Children’s Entertainment
Fort Johnston Lawn 203 E Bay St.

July 4 @ 9:00 pm
4th of July Fireworks
Southport Waterfront Park