Book a vacation to Wilmington and our island beaches where it’s a celebration all summer long. From an oceanfront sunrise to taking in a spectacular Fourth of July fireworks display riverfront or sunset on a river cruise, there are countless ways to greet or end the day on a celebratory note. Hit the waves with surf lessons in Carolina Beach or go SUPing in Wrightsville Beach. Paddle to Zeke’s Island Reserve in Kure Beach or cast a line from its century-old fishing pier. Bring the whole family to see life-size turtle sculptures at Airlie Gardens' when their annual sculpture exhibit kicks off July 10. Hit the water with your crew on the BrewBoat Wilmington pedal-powered boat tour down the historic riverfront. Cool off indoors to explore interactive exhibits at the Cape Fear Museum of History & Science or tour a life-size caboose at the Wilmington Railroad Museum.
July Fourth Fun
Celebrate Independence Day on the coast! Enjoy live entertainment, family-friendly activities and fireworks on the Carolina Beach Boardwalk June 30. Hear the North Carolina Symphony perform your favorite patriotic tunes at The Wilson Center July 2. Catch a spectacular fireworks show on the Wilmington riverfront July 4. Add baseball, live music at scenic venues and more to make your 4th of July celebrations epic.
Concerts & Live Music
Catch national acts like Phish July 18-19, Darius Rucker July 21 and more at Live Oak Bank Pavilion at Riverfront Park. Enjoy local bands during Friday Night Live! on the Pier at Port City Marina select days through summer. Bring the family to Airlie Garden’s Summer Concert Series or hear live jazz on the grounds of the Bellamy Mansion Museum. This summer, there are plenty of ways to enjoy live music in scenic settings.
Keeping kids entertained has never been easier
Kid-Approved Adventures
Wilmington offers plenty of kid-friendly fun from river to sea. Float down the lazy river, conquer the water slides and wave pool or play miniature golf at Jungle Rapids Family Fun Park. Go under the sea at the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher and say hello to the newly expanded family of otters at the Otters on the Edge exhibit. Step back in time aboard Battleship NORTH CAROLINA to explore the galley, engine room, sick bay and more. Reach new heights on the indoor trampolines at Defy Wilmington or Flip N Fly and then keep the little ones learning with hands-on activities at the Children’s Museum of Wilmington.
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