From Beaufort to Emerald Isle, the Crystal Coast towns all celebrate Independence Day in their own way. From parades to concerts, and festivals to fireworks, plan ahead to catch as much of the fun as possible.
Morehead City Parks and Recreation Dept. presents The Main Event Band on the Morehead City waterfront on July 4. From 7-9pm, the tunes will flow well ahead of the fireworks, giving visitors the chance to be entertained while grabbing a great seat at Jaycee Park for the nighttime event. The Morehead City fireworks are set to go off at 9pm and can be enjoyed from any vantage point on the waterfront. It’s best to arrive early to get a good spot.
Beaufort takes an old-fashioned approach to the holidays with families, businesses and clubs taking to the street for the annual Fourth of July parade. Line the streets and watch the patriotic floats at 11am then head to the Carteret County Courthouse for free ice cream.
Along Bogue Banks, Atlantic Beach and Emerald Isle host fireworks displays. Atlantic Beach holds its event at the Circle, with parking around the circle. The town recommends carpooling, walking or biking to help with traffic congestion.
The Emerald Isle Fireworks are launched off the Bogue Inlet Pier. Parking is available at the pier and along Hwy 58. The display begins at 9pm and should be visible from Bogue Sound and the Intracoastal Waterway.