Start the party.  Fourth of July 2013 Wilimington NC area.

July 3

– Carolina Beach Boardwalk –  Blast: Funk U Orchestra (funk), 6:30 p.m. July 4 at Boardwalk Gazebo, Cape Fear Boulevard, Carolina Beach. Fireworks at 9 p.m. 458-8434 or

N.C. 4th of July Festival – Southport: Children’s Games – 8:15 a.m. for registration, 9 a.m. games begin at Garrison Lawn. Waterfront Stage Entertainment. Various artists take the stage, 1-3 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Brunswick Concert Band Concert, 3-3:45 p.m. at Fort Johnston Garrison Lawn. Voter Registration, 3:30-5 p.m. at Southport Community Building. USCIS Naturalization Ceremony, 4 p.m. at Fort Johnston Garrison Lawn. Flag Retirement Ceremony, 6 p.m. at BB&T Flagpole.

Surf City: A concert and fireworks display at Soundside Park, 517 Roland Ave., in Surf City. Mark Roberts & Breeze play at 6 p.m. Fireworks at 9 p.m. Visit for more information.

Thursday July 4

Carolina Beach: Funk U University performs at 6:30 p.m. followed by fireworks at 9 p.m. Visit for more information.

Independence Day Music in the Park: Machine Gun performs at 7 p.m. July 4 at Ocean Front Park, Kure Beach. Bring a beach chair or blanket. 458-8216 or

Fourth of July Southport

Activities all day and Fireworks at 9:00 on the waterfront

Step Up For Soldiers: Fourth of July party, 5-9 p.m. at the Hannah Block Historic USO/Community Arts Center, 120 S. Second St. All active duty, veterans, SUFS volunteers and sponsors are invited. Entertainment by a DJ, Miss Coastal Carolina singing the national anthem, a presentation on the history of the American flag and several speakers. Food and drinks provided.

Coastal Magazine state’s that this is one of the best places to watch fireworks.

Wilmington Fireworks: Battleship Blast, 17th annual. Fireworks at 9:05 p.m. Watch from downtown Wilmington. Entertainment will be 5-9 p.m. Visit for more information.