Wilmington, North Carolina
Spectators with lawn chairs and blankets pack the riverfront before 5 p.m. to catch what’s known as the largest fireworks
performance in the region. You can also see the fireworks from most places downtown; expect heavy traffic and crowds as you
edge toward the water.
Celebrate all day: Feel-good tunes and local food vendors (think funnel cakes) will pack Water Street until the show.
Showtime: Around 9 p.m., the “Battleship Blast” fireworks will explode over the docked WWI Battleship North Carolina.
Best view: Locals suggest a seat behind the less crowded Coastline Conference & Event Center, or call and ask about reservations at Elijah’s or The George waterfront restaurants.
After the show: Stroll along the Cape Fear Riverwalk and stop in at The Pilot House for homemade bread pudding and fruit cobbler; wilmingtonandbeaches.com.