Celebrate the 4th of July

2010-6-fireworks-wilmington-lThis is a busy weekend for the Wilmington area! Loads of people will be coming into town to celebrate the Fourth of July.  And why not! We love living here and can understand why others want to come and enjoy our beaches and activities too.

Wilmington was featured in the July/August edition of Coastal Living magazine as one of the top 10 places to enjoy the 4th of July. Coastal Living selected cities based on the activities provided before and after the show as well as the big firework display. This is quite a compliment- other hotspots like San Francisco, Honolulu, Chicago and Jekyll Island are also featured. The firework show over the battleship is one of the largest in our region and attracts all ages.  The Battleship Blast starts at 9 leaving plenty of time to enjoy historic downtown Wilmington before and after the performance. The Riverfront celebration will be in full swing from 5-10.

Other Independence Day events around the area include:

2010-6-4th of July SouthportThe North Carolina 4th of July Festival in Southport and Oak Island start the celebrations on Thursday and keep them going until Monday.  There’s something for everyone to enjoy- from the art show, parade, live bands, contests on the beach to the magical fireworks show. See the calendar of events to select your fun.

The Pleasure Island Independence Day Fireworks are on Saturday night, July 3rd at 9pm.

Bald Head Island has a golf cart parade at 10am Sunday and a fireworks cruise Monday July 5th at 8pm.

Topsail Island has much to do as well. See the calendar for info about the 27th annual Freedom Festival and the fireworks show going on this weekend.

What a great time to celebrate our nation while enjoying southeastern North Carolina!  Please have fun and be safe.

Pleasure Island events – Week of June 27

Jungle Rapids has now implemented an e-mail ticket to make it easier to purchase tickets for the park.  Make sure you don’t miss out on the fun this summer and order your tickets online in advance.  For advance ticket purchase, click here or visit their website at www.junglerapids.com.

The Farmers Market continues this Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Carolina Beach Lake Park.  This week’s market has over 40 vendors and another 20 artists and crafters scheduled for the July 3rd Farmers Market and Holiday Art Show.  At this week’s market, you can pick up the award winning Michael’s Seafood Chowder, fresh baked cookies and brownies from All Things Good, preservative free sausage from NC Direct, honey from The Creative Marketplace and much, much more  Entertainment will be provided by Radiant Hoops, hula-hoop dancing; face painting by Fantasy Faces and music by Kirsti Dixon who is debuting a pop album this week.

Summer Concert Series
Friday, June 25th, enjoy our Free Summer Concert Series at Fort Fisher Air Force Recreation Area.  Tonight, enjoy the fabulous sounds of Spare Change.  The Concert starts at 6:30 p.m. and admittance and parking are free.  So, bring your lawn chairs and picnic and enjoy an evening of sights and sounds at the beautiful Fort Fisher Air Force Recreation Area.  Beverages will be available for purchase on the site as well as in the Beach House.

The Free Movies at the Lake Series continues this weekend at the Carolina Beach Lake Park.  This week’s movie is Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.  The movie starts at 8:45 p.m., so bring your chairs and blankets and head out to the Lake for a great evening.  There will be concessions featuring popcorn, candy, soft drinks and more at very affordable prices.  Each week, the Chamber will be holding a food drive benefiting a local charity.

Remember every Tuesday Night is Family Night from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.  Every Wednesday Night is Cash Bingo from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.  Every Thursday Night is Live Music from 6:30 – 9:30. Featuring Bibis Ellison and the Spare Change Band on July 1.

Independence Day Fireworks

Remember that the Chamber’s Independence Day fireworks will take place on Saturday, July 3rd on the beach in front of the Boardwalk.  This is a wonderful way to celebrate our Independence with family and friends.  The fireworks start at 9:00 p.m. but be sure to head down to the Gazebo on the Boardwalk starting at 6:30 for the funky R&B sounds of Soul Power Posse.  Both of these events are free and open to the public.

Please call (910) 458-8434 for more information or


Real Estate and Weather – Last week there were 21 new listings on Pleasure Island, 7 under contract and 10 closed sales.  The weather has been very hot, but great weather to be at the beach and go for a swim.

Plenty of Summer Tunes

Summer concerts are a great way to wind down and relax after a busy work week. Just grab a chair, relax and listen to the tunes.  The concerts are perfect for all generations in all areas of town. Here are some choices for the next few weeks. Enjoy!

Mayfaire Summer Concert Series
Friday nights through September 3, from 6-dark
On the lawn behind HHGregg. Blankets, chairs, Pets and coolers welcome.

Downtown Sundown Summer Concert Series
Friday nights through August 3, from 6pm until 10pm
In front of the Federal Courthouse at the corner of Front & Market Street

Sounds of Summer Series at Wrightsville Beach
Thursdays nights- June 10 & 24, July 8 & 22, August 5 from 6:30-8
Bring your lawn chairs and a picnic to enjoy a music-filled evening in the park.
Wrightsville Beach Park

Airlie Garden Series
Friday nights, June  18, July 2, 16, August 6,20, September 3, 17, & October 1, from 6-8
Airlie Gardens. $8 adults, $2 children, Free for members

Town of Leland Concerts on the Coast Series
Friday nights- May 13, June 10, July 8, August 12, Starts at 6:30
Bring your lawn chair, picnic baskets and dancin’ shoes. No alcohol.

Brunswick Forest Summer Concert Series
Friday nights- June 11, July  9, & August 20 from 6-9
Brunswick Forest Annsdale Park 1007 Evangeline Drive Leland, NC

Summer Sundays in Southport
Every Sunday through Labor Day (except July 4th) from 2-4
Keziah Park, Corner of Lord & Moore Street in Southport

Boardwalk Blast Summer Event Series at Carolina Beach
Every Thursday until September 2 from 6:30-9
Music and fireworks at Carolina Beach Boardwalk Gazebo