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Fireworks, festivals, fun mark Independence Day events across the Cape Fear

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Everyone’s gearing up for all the Independence Day fun, but you don’t have to wait until Wednesday to get your holiday started.

Start your 3rd of July off right with Fireworks by the Sea in Pleasure Island. Hear some live music at the Carolina Beach Boardwalk Gazebo at 6:30 p.m. Then, stick around to watch fireworks fly at 9 p.m.

Don’t forget about the North Carolina 4th of July Festival in Southport. It’s one of the biggest festivals of its kind in the state, and it’s not losing any momentum this year. Food vendors will be around from 11 a.m. until 9 p.m. at Waterfront Park. After you get your belly full, head over to Fort Johnston’s Garrison Lawn to check out the Naturalization Ceremony at 4 p.m. as immigrants officially become US citizens. Then, if you’re still seeing stars and stripes, make your way to the flag retirement ceremony at the BB&T flagpole at 6 p.m. Finish out your night with some live music by the Sea Notes Choral Society concert at Southport Baptist Church at 8 p.m.

Celebrate America’s independence with the national pasttime. Root on the Wilmington Sharks as they take on the Wilson Tobs the night before the big holiday. Close your night out with a post-game firework show. All the 3rd of July fun kicks off at Buck Hardee Field at 7 p.m.

Of course, there’s even more fun In honor of the 236th birthday of our country’s independence on the 4th of July.

In Southport, the big NC 4th of July Festival Parade kicks off at 11 a.m. right after the flag raising ceremony. See some classic cars, do a little shopping and listen to live music all day. After a long day of fun, don’t miss the firework show at 9 p.m.

Across the river at Bald Head Island, join in the Golf Cart Parade, picnic and pool party. It all starts at 11 a.m., and then stick around for the fireworks cruise at 8 p.m.

Calabash and Carolina Shores fire up the 4th with a 50-50 drawing, food and vendors, and live music. The festivities begin at 5:30 p.m. on the riverfront in Calabash. Fireworks fly around 9 p.m.

In Onslow County, the 29th Annual Freedom Festival kicks off in Onslow Pines Park at 3 p.m. Enjoy face painting and rides, and then live bands from 5 to 9. Fireworks shoot off at 9.

Celebrate with the men and women who protect our freedom at Camp Lejeune’s free event at W.P.T. Hill Field at 4:30 p.m. Music sounds at 5 p.m., and the naturalization ceremony is at 6:30. There will be plenty of fun for the kids, too, and of course, a firework show at 9.

Holly Ridge Municipality Park also hosts a fireworks show at 9.

As the sun sets in Bladen County, don’t miss the fireworks show at White Lake at Goldston’s Beach.

In downtown Wilmington, come out to the Riverfront Celebration and Street Fair, with live entertainment and food vendors from 5 to 9 p.m. And if you’re looking for some fun to keep your little ones entertained, the Wilmington Children’s Museum hosts its own celebration from 5 to 8. After you indulge in all the Water Street festivities, don’t miss the live music in Riverfront Park followed by the 16th Annual Battleship Blast, with fireworks sparking just after 9.

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