Celebrate Independence Day by the sea with parades, fresh fare, contests, and activities that will keep you entertained from morning to fireworks.
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.