Old Glory is proudly flying this weekend all across the area. Surf City is holding its Independence Day celebration Friday night with Mark Roberts and the Breeze, followed by fireworks.The band kicks off at 6:00 p.m., fireworks are scheduled to begin at 9:00. The celebration is at Soundside Park. Bring your chair or blanket. That is not the only beach town holding Fourth of July celebrations a day early. Carolina beach is holding its Independence Day fireworks at 9:00 Friday night on the boardwalk, which will also feature shag dancing. Bring your blanket, beach chair and food. Columbus County is also celebrating the Fourth on the third. It's July 4th celebration is Friday night at South Columbus High School. Gates open at 6:30, entertainment starts at 7:00 and fireworks light up the sky at 9:30. Admission is free. You can't talk about the 4th of July without mentioning North Carolina’s official Fourth of July festival. It is happening in Southport this weekend. The fun is already underway, with arts and crafts, entertainment and much more. Saturday, the parade begins at 11:00 a.m. Fireworks begin at 9:00. It is a first for Sunset Harbor. The town is holding it's inaugural 4th of July parade Saturday morning. The parade begins at 9:00 a.m. and includes strollers, bikes, wagons, golf carts and more. It starts at the corner of King Street and Lockwood Folly Road. If you are spending the 4th on the beach, do not forget your fishing poles, and do not worry about having a license. Every year on Independence Day, you can fish for free in both saltwater and freshwater in North Carolina. It starts at midnight and ends Saturday night at 11:59pm. But if you are fishing will nets, crab pots or other commercial gear you will need a license. In Bladen County Saturday night, fireworks will take the sky over White Lake. Head to Goldston's Beach Pier to get a good spot. The celebration begins at 9:00. The city of Wilmington is holding it's July 4th celebration on Saturday. The riverfront celebration begins at 5:00 p.m. with food and music by the 440th North Carolina Army National Guard band. While you're in Riverfront Park, you will get a great view of the 13th Annual Battleship Blast - a dazzling fireworks display. It begins at 9:05. Saturday night, Thalian Hall is turning red, white and blue. Cinematique is showing the Technicolor film classic, Stars and Stripes Forever. The show begins at 7:15. Admission is ten dollars. You can always find out what's happening by going to our Community Calendar page.
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