July 4th Fireworks on the Crystal Coast That Promise to Wow You


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(Updated June 2017)

There is no shortage of fun and festivities on the Crystal Coast of North Carolina this July 4th, that you can be sure of. If you ever wanted a big selection of Fourth of July festivals, fireworks and celebrations to choose from—this is THE place to be! Family-friendly activities abound here year round, but especially during the holidays.

Check out all of your options this Fourth of July and be sure to catch at least one of these amazing fireworks displays on the Crystal Coast. The hardest part is deciding which one to go to. Most of them occur on the actual date of the holiday (Monday, July 4, 2016) unless otherwise noted. You can't go wrong no matter where you choose, and we promise to end your Independence Day with a bang. Enjoy the show!

On the beach at the Circle in Atlantic Beach

Plan your Independence Day festivities at the Circle in Atlantic Beach. The main access (the Circle) in Atlantic Beach is the place to be for fireworks on the beach and a night of family fun and entertainment under the stars. The Atlantic Beach fireworks promise to add a bang to your July 4th holiday in the best way possible, so come early and find your spot in the sand. Then sit back, feel the ocean breeze on your skin, inhale the salty sea air, gaze up at the stars, pull those you love close, and enjoy the show.

Off the Bogue Inlet Pier in Emerald Isle

The July 4th fun in Emerald Isle begins at 9p.m. at the Bogue Inlet Fishing Pier in Emerald Isle. Fireworks can be seen from the pier, along the beach, from Bogue Sound and the Intracoastal Waterway. Choose your spot and get comfortable for an amazing Fourth of July fireworks display over the ocean.

Over Sugarloaf Island across from the Morehead City Waterfront

The Morehead City waterfront lights up on July 4th with a night filled with live music and fireworks at Jaycee Park. The Fourth of July get-together begins at 7p.m. and continues until 10p.m., with the Morehead City Independence Day fireworks show being launched from Sugar Loaf Island right at 9p.m. with musical entertainment for the evening with tunes the whole family will love.

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From the waterfront in historic Beaufort-by-the-Sea

Speaking of waterfront Fourth of July events, beautiful Beaufort-by-the-Sea starts the celebration early in the day with its annual Fourth of July Parade on the Beaufort Waterfront starting right at 11a.m. This is a family favorite Independence Day celebration on the Crystal Coast that gets better every year. Kids, pets, wagons, flags all come together in this community focused patriotic procession. Follow up the the July 4th parade by bringing a picnic lunch to enjoy on the courthouse lawn. You may even get some free ice cream!

On the water during a Fourth of July fireworks cruise

Try out a new perspective for viewing the Fourth of July fireworks on the Crystal Coast this year—from one of the best ways—right on the water. Embark on a July 4th fireworks cruise and see the sights while you celebrate the day. Take in the views along the way as you indulge in a full snack bar with all ABC permits for your imbibing pleasure. Stare at the fireworks overhead and soak in the coastal splendor that surrounds you.

Above the White Oak River in Swansboro

The Swansboro July 4th Celebration features a spectacular fireworks display right over the White Oak River in historic downtown. Swansboro and Cedar Point partner up for this event to ensure it's a Fourth you won't soon forget. Bring your favorite lawn chair or blanket and get comfy while you listen to live music to get you in the mood. The fireworks go off at 9p.m. Don't forget to come hungry and enjoy the on-site food vendors. The best news of all is that Swansboro is just a short ride over the bridge from your Emerald Isle vacation rental, so you won't have to drive far for this quaint July 4th celebration in the Friendly-City-by-the-Sea.


Where is your Independence Day celebration taking you this year? Hopefully you're celebrating somewhere with us on the Crystal Coast of North Carolina!

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