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Festivals – Holiday Celebrations

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

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

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

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.

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