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Several towns have Fourth of July festivities planned

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By Rachel Johnson, Staff Writer

Independence Day is rapidly approaching. Brunswick County and the surrounding areas offer many ways to celebrate the holiday. There are parades, dancing, live music, food and other festivities including fireworks. Make your plans early and enjoy a relaxing Independence Day with family and friends.

 

Ocean Isle Beach

10 a.m. The annual Fourth of July parade sponsored by the OIB Property Owners Association will begin in the parking lot of the Museum of Coastal Carolina. The hour-long parade winds down Second Street to La Grange Street, to First Street to Halifax Street and back to the museum.

The 2011 parade had 25 walkers, 30 bicycle riders, 75 golf cars and 16 floats.

Lineup begins at 9:15 a.m. in the museum parking lot. Spectators are encouraged to line the streets and enjoy a fun-filled family parade.

 

Calabash and Carolina Shores

5:30 p.m. The towns of Calabash and Carolina Shores have teamed up to host an evening of entertainment complete with fireworks. Live music by Parrot Party, a Jimmy Buffet cover band, begins at 5:30 p.m. at 9887 Oak St. next to Captain John’s Seafood. DJ-Jimmy 2-Wraps will also entertain the crowd. There will be a 50/50 drawing, food and vendors.

Fireworks will begin at dark (after 9 p.m.). Parking will be available at off-site locations that will be clearly marked. Only restaurant patrons are permitted to park in restaurant parking lots.

 

Southport

Opening ceremonies for official North Carolina Fourth of July Festival are scheduled for 7:45 a.m. Saturday, June 30, at Waterfront Park.

Activities continue through the Fourth of July, culminating in a fireworks display on the waterfront.

At 11 a.m. on Wednesday, July 4, the annual festival parade begins on Moore and Howe streets. Activities continue throughout the day with fireworks beginning after 9 p.m.

For a complete schedule of events visit www.nc4thofjuly.com.

 

Wilmington

The 16th annual Battleship Blast Fireworks show begins at 9:05 p.m. on Wednesday, July 4.

The Fourth of July Riverfront Celebration begins at 5 p.m. in downtown Wilmington as a street fair kicks off festivities. Entertainment will be by L Shaped Lot in Riverfront Park. There will be food, music and more on Water Street.

The battleship complex on Eagles Island will close at 6 p.m.

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