There's plenty happening around the region this Independence Day weekend. The Shirimp-a-Roo is going on right now at the Gazebo at Carolina Beach. Eat some shrimp, and support the Pleasure Island Lifeguard Association. That lasts until 8:00 p.m. Then, get a good spot to watch the fireworks. Pleasure Island is celebrating the Fourth a day early. Music starts at 6:00 pm. Fireworks light up the sky starting at 9:00 p.m. Southport is home to one of the nation's oldest Fourth of July traditions. This week marks the 213th year that Southport has celebrated America's freedom. Every year, an average of 45,000 people line the streets to watch the parade. Festivities get underway tomorrow at 11:00 a.m. Get there early for a good seat! Friday night, the 4th of July Riverfront Celebration kicks off at 5:00 in downtown Wilmington. At 9:05 p.m., the fireworks begin. The Battleship Blast is one of the largest fireworks displays in the state. If you want to go, you can park on the street for free, or in a deck for $5. Friday night, you have another option as you gather for the fireworks display. The Railroad Museum will be open until 8 p.m. Admission is $6 for adults and $3 for child. Also, in case a historic home tour is on your list of things to do Friday, Burgwin-Wright House will be the only one open in downtown Wilmington on the Fourth of July. It's a fitting weekend for the Hannah Block Historic USO building to reopen. The "Star Spangled Weekend" actually begins Thursday night when Wilmington is officially proclaimed "America's World War II City." Friday night, put on your boogie shoes. From 6:00 until 9:00 it is "Dancin' at the USO." Admission is free. On Sunday, from 1 p.m. until 5:00 p.m, the USO is holding an open house. At 3:00, there will be a tribute to African-American servicemen during the war. Tickets for the Sunday show are sold in advance. Friday, if you want to take a break from the grill, celebrate Independence Day by grabbing your rod and reel. As a special treat, you can fish in any public water, including coastal waters, without a fishing license. Celebrate the nation's independence at the battle site that convinced North Carolina to be the first state to call for the final break with England. Moores Creek Battlefield is holding activities all weekend long. There will be militia camps, musket firing, colonial medicine and other demonstrations. Another historic site comes alive with classic cars Saturday. The Classy Chassis Car Show and Country Flea Market begins at 9:00 a.m. at Poplar Grove Plantation. Judging begins at noon. The award ceremony starts at three. When's the last time you participated in a sack race or tug-of-war? You can do that Saturday at the "Life is Good" festival in Wilmington. The fun starts at 10:00 a.m. Saturday at Mayfaire Town Center. There will be plenty of contests for your family to enjoy -- arts, crafts, food, and a silent auction. It ends at 2:00 p.m. Proceeds benefit a local children's charity. You can always find out what's happening on our website by visiting our Community Calendar.
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