People who live in this area are always happy to take part in holiday celebrations. From the Fourth of July to New Year’s Day, we find a way to enjoy the day.
Independence Day Fireworks Shows
Wilmington’s Fourth of July Riverfront Celebration features a street fair along the riverfront and culminates with spectacular fireworks over the river from Battleship Park. The hallmarks of the Port of Wilmington Maritime Day Festival are entertainment and tours of the port. The fireworks are visible from far enough away so that it is not necessary to be right on the riverfront to enjoy them. Read more
Many of our coastal towns and beaches have fireworks at this time too. Carolina Beach will have its largest fireworks display on July 2, 2015 by the sea on the beach near the Carolina Beach Boardwalk. There also is entertainment at the gazebo. In fact, Carolina Beach has fireworks and entertainment each Thursday from Memorial Day through Labor Day weekend at this location. Gazebo entertainment begins at 6:30 p.m. with fireworks scheduled at 9:00 p.m.
Surf City on Topsail Island will have its Independence Day Fireworks display on July 3, while Holly Ridge and Sneads Ferry will celebrate on July 4.
Poplar Grove’s popular Haunted Halloween
One of the fun annual events is the Haunted Halloween extravaganza that takes place over two weekends at Poplar Grove Plantation. From October 16-18 and October 23-25, 2015, brave souls can visit a Haunted Barn or take a Haunted Hayride if they are courageous enough to face ghouls and goblins and things that go bump in the night. A 5K Zombie Fun Run/Walk through the Abbey Preserve was added in 2014 on the first Saturday of the event.Read more
There are inflatable carnival rides for kids, a little kids’ fun house, non-scary hayrides during the daytime for those who prefer rides without chills, and pony rides for children.
This is the largest fundraiser of the year for Poplar Grove Plantation, which was one of the oldest peanut plantations in North Carolina and was owned by the same family for more than six generations.
Poplar Grove opened as a museum in 1980 and its mansion is on the National Register of Historic Homes.
Wrightsville Beach Hosts Holiday Flotilla
The Holiday Flotilla draws a crowd each year to Wrightsville Beach. The two day event, now in its 32nd year, takes place on November 27-28, 2015. The event begins with a Christmas tree lighting ceremony and appearance by Santa Claus at Wrightsville Beach Town Hall. The Read more
On Saturday, the Festival in the Park is held. It features a large children’s play area that includes several inflatable slides and bounce houses and a coloring contest. Of course, festival food is featured and local artists and merchants set up arts and crafts booths. Another popular feature is an antique car show with lovingly maintained cars on display for all to enjoy.
Flotilla At Topsail Island
Topsail Island normally hosts the first Holiday Boat Flotilla of the year in late November. The annual parade of decorated and lighted boats begin the trip at sunset at the bridge in Surf City then continue down the Intracoastal Waterway past the south end of Topsail Beach. Viewers can see the parade from Soundside Park in Surf City or from any of the beaches located on the sound side of the island.