With so many different places to catch the fireworks along the Crystal Coast, it’s best to plan ahead. From concerts to parades, there’s plenty to do leading up to the main event, spectacular fireworks.
Morehead City Parks and Recreation Dept. added an additional date to the Concert in the Park summer series for Monday, July 4 featuring The Main Event Band. From 7-8:30pm, the tunes will be flowing 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. Festivities continue at 6pm at the NC Maritime Museum’s Gallants Channel property off of West Beaufort Road with free trolley transportation from downtown. Expect live music with the fire department offering hot dogs and drinks for sale. Fireworks at 9pm, blankets and chairs are welcome.
Along Bogue Banks, Atlantic Beach and Emerald Isle host fireworks displays. Atlantic Beach holds its display at the Circle, with parking around the circle, in the CAMA lot on West Boardwalk, the dirt lot north of Atlantic Boulevard and the paved lot to the south as well as the grassy lot on the 100 block of East Bogue. The town recommends car pooling, walking or biking to help with traffic congestion. The celebration starts at 9pm and should be seen from nearby oceanfront locations and neighborhoods.
In Emerald Isle, Emerald Owl Productions is partnering with Bogue Inlet Pier for a Glow Dance Party. The cost is $5 per person or $10 for a family. The Emerald Isle Fireworks are launched off the Bogue Inlet Pier at 9pm. Parking is available at the pier and along Hwy 58. The display should be visible from Bogue Sound and the Intracoastal Waterway.