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A BOOMIN’ FOURTH: Celebrating Independence Day on Hump Day in the Port City

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Despite the Fourth falling on Hump Day this week, folks looking to celebrate the colonies’ independence still have options and time to catch grub, tunes and most importantly fireworks!

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Happy Independence Day!

Despite the Fourth falling on Hump Day this week, folks looking to celebrate the colonies’ independence still have options and time to catch grub, tunes and most importantly fireworks!

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4th of July Open House
Hannah Block Community Arts Center/USO • 120 S. 2nd St.
Start the Fourth with coffee and Krispy Kreme doughnuts with Thalian Association Community Theatre at the Hannah Block Historic USO/Community Arts Center. Their free open house starts at 1 p.m., and is all about throwing back to the 1940s until 6 p.m. Featuring 1943-replica furnishings and WWII exhibits, staff will be in costume, ‘40s music will boom, and soda-pops will flow for .05 cents.

It’s not just another outing to the USO, as the Cape Fear Swing Dance Society will offer free lessons on the Lindy Hop, East Coast Swing and the Collegiate Shag from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. The 5-minute doc film “Home Away From Home—the USO at 2nd and Orange” will play all afternoon on the Hannah Block 2nd Street Stage. Also, local film buffs can get their fix at the Wilmington Film Museum (in the Community Gallery), as they will remain open for tours all day.

July 4th Celebration and Fireworks
Riverfront Park • 5 N. Water St.
By now, Wilmingtonians know the drill for downtown Fourth of July. First, make sure your fur babies are safe, happy and comfortable for a potentially heartstopping 10 minutes of armageddon! Next, start looking for parking, like, 10 minutes ago …

The City of Wilmington’s 4th of July celebration will start at 6 p.m. on North Water Street at Riverfront Park. There will be food and music emceed by 102.7 WGNI’s Ray Wegner until the event headliners take the stage at 7:30 p.m. The United States Air Force and Full Spectrum Rock Band, a five-piece rock, pop and hip-hop outfit of active-duty musicians assembled from all over the United States, will take the stage until the fireworks display at about 9:05 p.m. For more, visit or call 910-341-7855.

4th of July Fireworks at the Battleship North Carolina
Battleship North Carolina
1 Battleship Rd.
Free for Friends of the Battleship
Speaking of downtown fireworks, the Battleship North Carolina is opening up their park and ship deck for Friends of the Battleship North Carolina to post up under the stars, 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. OK, yes, this is exclusively for members—which start at $15—but it might be worth getting to post up with lawn chairs, picnic baskets and coolers for one of the best riverfront seats for fireworks!
Go to for membership details.

The Clams July 4 Extravaganza
Bottega Art & Wine • 723 N. 4th St.
$5 minimum donation to Walking Tall Wilmington
Hear that? It’s the soulful sound of freedom, fireworks and The Clams at Bottega Art & Wine on North Fourth. Live music starts on the patio at 3 p.m. with openers Soul-r Fusion followed by The Clams. The music will go until the 9 p.m. fireworks display.
Admission is a $5 donation to benefit Walking Tall Wilmington, a local agency that provides transportation services and other means of support for ILM citizens without permanent housing.

Stars and Stripes Holiday Market
Waterline Brewing • 721 Surry St.
Celebrate red, white and booze at Waterline Brewing, which is hosting some of Wilmington’s most beloved local crafts vendors from iLm Local Makers and Growers group.
Shop handcrafted jewelry, doggie accessories, yummy treats, stylish clothes and more. Drop by and celebrate Independence Day with a great group of people, and with a great spot to see the fireworks.

Free on the 4th Party
Clean Juice (Mayfaire)
917 Innovation Dr. • Free
Two words: Free smoothies!
Clean Juice out in Mayfaire is keeping folks cool this holiday. They will be open from 7 a.m. – 5 p.m., serving free 16-ounce Tropical One and So Basic One smoothies.

All. Day. Long.

Folks can swing by from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for an all-out mid-day bash at their in-store party. Axis Yoga will host a morning yoga class while a live DJ spins some tracks. Folks can play cornhole, throw the kids in a bouncy house, get temporary tattoos, and enter in a raffle.

Independence Day Pool Party
Beau Rivage Golf & Resort
649 Rivage Promenade • Free
encore readers are already familiar with Beau Rivage Golf & Resort, as they ranked number one on our 2018 Best Of Poll for Best Golf Course. Well, Beau Rivage is inviting folks to join them poolside to celebrate the Fourth, starting at 1 p.m. Following the Beau Rivage neighborhood cart parade (starting at noon by Saltaire Village), it’s an all-American picnic lunch, with festive drink specials and live entertainment by Jim Havens. There will also be a raffle to support the troops and prizes for most patriotic threads of the day.

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