Memorial Day Weekend on the Crystal Coast: Fireworks, Cannon Firings, Military Appreciation & More


Memorial Day Holiday on the Crystal CoastHappy traditional start to your summer! Have you made your Crystal Coast beach vacation plans yet? If not, why not? The days are sunny, the sand is warm, the Atlantic waters are refreshingly cool, and the salty sea air is rejuvenating. Grab your beach towel, sunscreen, shades, flip flops and the rest of your favorite beach accessories and make the trip.

We hope you'll be here over the Memorial Day weekend. If so, there are plenty of special events to attend. These are only the highlights, but be sure to check out a more complete listing of local events on the Crystal Coast Calendar of Events page.

Here are the Memorial Day holiday highlights. There is a little something for every age and interest, so gather up your family and friends and get ready for the best Memorial Day yet!

Carteret County Arts & Crafts Coalition Spring Show

Held in beautiful Beaufort-by-the-Sea, this juried show and sale offers some of the best coastal crafts and works of art by local artists and crafstmen. The Carteret County Arts & Crafts Coalition Spring Show is held on the grounds of the Beaufort Historic Site and runs from Saturday, May 24 through Sunday, May 25. It's a great way to spend the day and a wonderful opportunity to shop for some unique gifts.

Atlantic Beach Memorial Day Fireworks

It wouldn't be a summer holiday celebration without fireworks! Enjoy the Atlantic Beach Memorial Day fireworks display on Saturday evening, May 24 beginning at 9p.m. at The Circle's main public beach access. It's the perfect way to end a day of fun in the sun. Find your spot in the sand early and get settled in for the show.

Veterans Memorial Day Service in Beaufort

Spend part of the Memorial Day holiday paying your respects to and honoring those who have sacrificed for our country by attending the Veterans Memorial Service held on Saturday, May 24 at 10a.m. at the Carteret County Veterans Memorial on Courthouse Square in Beaufort. Call 252.728.8440 for further information.

Cannon Firings at Fort Macon

Fort Macon State Park in Atlantic Beach offers Civil War cannon firings and demonstrations throughout the day on Saturday, May 24 at 10:30a.m., 11:30a.m., 1:30p.m., 2:30p.m. and 3:30p.m. Learn more about our historic and military history by spending the rest of the day at the Fort. Call 252.726.3775 for more information.

SwanFest Summer Music Concert Series in Swansboro

Memorial Day weekend kicks off SwanFest, which runs from Memorial Day Sunday for seventeen weeks through September 14. SwanFest is held on the historic and lovely Swansboro waterfront. The free summer concert series features various live musicians in a range of genres each Sunday evening from 6:30-8p.m. The Pavilion at Olde Town Square is where it all happens; all you need is your favorite lawn chair. You can find the SwanFest performance lineup here.

Fishing on the Crystal Coast

Take the Troops Fishing in Morehead City

Plan ahead for Military Appreciation Day, Inc.'s Take the Troops Fishing event occurring next weekend on May 30-31. The event is open to all active duty military, guard, and reservists.

Fishing trips and other family-oriented activities are scheduled throughout the two days in various venues in and around Morehead City. You can learn more about Take the Troops Fishing here.

Well, there you have it. It is a very full Memorial Day holiday here on the Crystal Coast of North Carolina. We truly hope you'll be here to celebrate with us this year. If so, we'd love to hear from you. Let us know what's on your Memorial Day agenda. See you soon!