WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- There's plenty of fun to be had across the Cape Fear in honor of the 236th birthday of our country's independence on the 4th of July.
In Southport, the big NC 4th of July Festival Parade kicks off at 11 a.m. right after the flag raising ceremony. See some classic cars, do a little shopping and listen to live music all day. After a long day of fun, don't miss the firework show at 9 p.m.
Across the river at Bald Head Island, join in the Golf Cart Parade, picnic and pool party. It all starts at 11 a.m., and then stick around for the fireworks cruise at 8 p.m.
Calabash and Carolina Shores fire up the 4th with a 50-50 drawing, food and vendors, and live music. The festivities begin at 5:30 p.m. on the riverfront in Calabash. Fireworks fly around 9 p.m.
In Onslow County, the 29th Annual Freedom Festival kicks off in Onslow Pines Park at 3 p.m. Enjoy face painting and rides, and then live bands from 5 to 9. Fireworks shoot off at 9.
Celebrate with the men and women who protect our freedom at Camp Lejeune's free event at W.P.T. Hill Field at 4:30 p.m. Music sounds at 5 p.m., and the naturalization ceremony is at 6:30. There will be plenty of fun for the kids, too, and of course, a firework show at 9.
Holly Ridge Municipality Park also hosts a fireworks show at 9.
As the sun sets in Bladen County, don't miss the fireworks show at White Lake at Goldston's Beach.
In downtown Wilmington, come out to the Riverfront Celebration and Street Fair, with live entertainment and food vendors from 5 to 9 p.m. And if you're looking for some fun to keep your little ones entertained, the Wilmington Children's Museum hosts its own celebration from 5 to 8. After you indulge in all the Water Street festivities, don't miss the live music in Riverfront Park followed by the 16th Annual Battleship Blast, with fireworks sparking just after 9.