Fourth Of July Celebrations And Fireworks Across Eastern Carolina

A local business has stepped up again to make fireworks possible in one Eastern Carolina city.

Lee Chevrolet Buick in Washington is once again sponsoring the City of Washington’s fireworks.

For more on that event and other Fourth of July festivities across Eastern Carolina, check out the list below. All of the events listed are on Monday, July 4, unless otherwise noted. If you would like to add an event to the list, e-mail


Fourth of July parade, 11 a.m.
Fireworks, 9 p.m.
There are events all weekend in Belhaven.
Call (252)943-3770 or CLICK HERE for more information.

Fourth of July celebration, 5:00 to 9:30 p.m.
Spare Change performs at 6:30 p.m.
Located on Washington waterfront
Fireworks just after dark


Atlantic Beach:
Fireworks on Sunday, July 3, about 9:00 p.m., at the Circle

Parade on waterfront, 11:00 a.m.

Emerald Isle:
Fireworks at Bogue Inlet Pier, 9 p.m.

Fort Macon:
Cannon firings
Call the Fort for times and more information, (252)726-3775

Morehead City:
“The Main Event Band” concert, 7:00 to 8:30 p.m., Jaycee Park at 9th & Shepard Streets
Fireworks on waterfront, about 9:15 p.m.


New Bern:
Fourth of July events starting at 11 a.m., Union Point Park
Fireworks at 9:15 p.m.

Tryon Palace:
Children craft activities, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Reading of Declaration of Independence, 11 a.m.
Free garden admission


Fourth of July events starting at 2 p.m., including pie contest and live music
Fireworks after dark

Parade, 9 a.m.
Music and food following parade in town park

Jockey’s Ridge, Nags Head
6th annual run benefits Easter Seals
CLICK HERE for more information.


Kinston Indians game, 6:30 p.m., at Grainger Stadium
Fireworks following game
For more information visit Kinston Indians.


Croakerfest, parade and fireworks on Saturday, July 2


Arts, crafts, food, music, vendors at town common starting at 4 p.m.
Fireworks at 9:15 p.m.

Events start at town common at 6:00 p.m.
Fireworks at dark


Onslow Pines Park:
Picnic, rides for kids, petting zoo, karaoke, live music starting at 2:00 p.m.
Fireworks at 9:15 p.m.

Camp Lejeune:
Events start at 4:30 p.m. at W.P.T. Hill Field
Free and open to public
Music, inflatables, ceremony
Fireworks at dark
(No pets, alcohol, sparklers or personal fireworks. Allow time to clear security checkpoint.)

Downtown, live music starts at 6:00 p.m.
Fireworks at 9:00 p.m.

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  • by History Student Location: NC on Jul 4, 2011 at 08:56 PM
    The 4th of July 1863 - The Siege of Vicksburg (May 18 – July 4, 1863) was the final major military action in the Vicksburg Campaign of the American Civil War. In a series of maneuvers, Union Maj. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant and his Army of the Tennessee crossed the Mississippi River and drove the Confederate army of Lt. Gen. John C. Pemberton into the defensive lines surrounding the fortress city of Vicksburg, Mississippi. When two major assaults (May 19 and May 22, 1863) against the Confederate fortifications were repulsed with heavy casualties, Grant decided to besiege the city beginning on May 25. With no reinforcement, supplies nearly gone, and after holding out for more than forty days, the garrison finally surrendered on July 4. This action (combined with the capitulation of Port Hudson on July 9) yielded command of the Mississippi River to the Union forces, who would hold it for the rest of the conflict. The Confederate surrender following the siege at Vicksburg is sometimes considered, when combined with " Gen. Robert E. Lee's defeat at Gettysburg the previous day " With Pickett's Charge was an infantry assault ordered by Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee against Maj. Gen. George G. Meade's Union positions on Cemetery Ridge on July 3, 1863, the last day of the Battle of Gettysburg during the American Civil War. The turning point of the war. General Grant also cut off communication with Confederate forces in the Trans-Mississippi Department for the remainder of the war. The city of Vicksburg would not celebrate Independence Day for about eighty years as a result of the siege and surrender. Happy 4th of July
  • by Lisa Location: Winterville on Jul 4, 2011 at 04:34 PM
    Will Winterville be sponsering any fireworks this year?This is my first year in the area and I was curious.
  • by Ladyluck Location: USA on Jul 4, 2011 at 12:50 PM
    God Bless America. Keep Her Safe.
  • by In The Know Location: Washington on Jul 4, 2011 at 08:47 AM
    Reponse to Clifton: Let's see now, Washington has the Summer Festival, Pickin' on the Pamlico, Smoke on the Water, Christmas Flotilla, Eastern Carolina Wildlife Arts Festival and N.C. Decoy Carving Championships, Beaufort County Music Festival and Music in the Streets. Perhaps the peoplel who organize those events needs to rest on July 4. Do you volunteer with organizing any of the festivals?
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      by Clifton on Jul 4, 2011 at 02:26 PM in reply to In The Know
      Do the same people organize all of these events?? I doubt it. And what do any of these have to do with something that we ALL have in common? Not everyone cares about Decoy Carving or or Music Festivals and the such. But we ALL should be interested in our Country, History, and as well as the men and women who keep this nation free. Now tell me "In The Know", exactly what are you trying to say? That celebrating the 4th of July should be kept to a minimum so as to make room for all the other "celebrations" that Washington has?? How Patriotic is that??
  • by No Name! Location: Bern on Jul 4, 2011 at 08:24 AM
    Enjoy the holiday and be thankful for everything you have! People just want to fight about everything. :/
  • by Clifton Location: Washington on Jul 4, 2011 at 07:30 AM
    Does anyone other than myself wonder how and why Belhaven NC has such a huge 4th of July celebration lasting 3 days, while Washington, NC, who CLAIMS to be so historic has a small afternoon with a band and a corn hole tournament along with a small fireworks show??? Something is seriously wrong here in town. It's a good thing Belhaven doesn't advertise their historic background. If they did, people living within 100 miles of Belhaven would not even be able to navigate the highways for the crowds rushing to join in their celebrations. Go Belhaven. Show the rest of the county how proud you all are. Washington will soon become a ghost town because of the 1950's mentality that runs rampant in the leaders of our town, who have the power and abilities to make things like this happen for Washington, NC.
  • by big controled burn Location: ENC on Jul 3, 2011 at 12:14 PM
    That's what fire trucks are made for: to put out the fires. Bring on the fireworks!
  • by Steph on Jul 3, 2011 at 12:12 PM
    Of course there are some safety concerns, but I put more trust in the government agency- most likely fire department, if experience stands- to use proper safety precautions than I would in individuals, especially the drunk individuals who are the most likely to be setting off illegal fireworks. Hopefully this display means that fewer individuals (I know some still will) will take it upon themselves to set things off and take risks.
  • by Anonymous on Jul 3, 2011 at 08:58 AM
    Praying for safe displays that cause no more fires. Things are just to dry to be taking a chance like this.
  • by Leigh Location: Greenville on Jul 3, 2011 at 06:12 AM
    I simply cannot believe the audacity of ppl to complain about a business taking the cities slack. Thank you Lee Chevrolet. This will be exciting for my daughter and family. I would hate to lose this tradition. Ppl will find anything to complain about. Really. A sense of entitlement will always corrupt a person and they will NEVER be happy. NEVER. Ppl who earn their living tend to be gracious.That word does not describe some ppl up here obviously.
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      by taxpayer on Jul 3, 2011 at 02:21 PM in reply to Leigh
      The city could budget the money for the fireworks if they really wanted to. They have the money if you don't beleive me go down to city hall and look at the books .These are public records! Lee Chevrolet is writing it off their income taxes as advertising so they haven't really lost any money .They stand to gain from it
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        by Anonymous on Jul 4, 2011 at 02:51 AM in reply to taxpayer
        A tax write off DOES NOT PAY for the contribution. That's a huge mis-leading statement from way too many people. Believe me, I own a business and contribute to several charities. We contribute because we want to, not because "we get all our money back from a write off". That's completely stupid. Do you really think the government gives a business their money back for contributions ? Yes it does become a business expense and you may get 10% of it back if we're lucky. A contribution is just that, it's a GIFT to help others. That's the reason businesses do it, just as the reason individuals give too.
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      by yep on Jul 3, 2011 at 03:44 PM in reply to Leigh
      Those people ar called self centered and miserble.
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