We found a couple of New Year's Eve night fireworks displays and other traditions to ring in 2013 in eastern North Carolina
9:15 p.m. Fireworks
-Kure Beach, New Hanover County
-Oriental, Pamlico County
Running Of The Dragons at 8:00 p.m. and 11:30 p.m.
Croaker Drop at Midnight
-Mount Olive, Wayne County
Pickle Drop at 7:00pm
The Kinston/ Lenoir County Parks and Recreation Department hosts a celebration December 31st at Pearson Park at the intersection of Gordon Street and Mitchell Street. There will be entertainment by the TAZZ Band from 7 -9pm with a large fireworks show at 9:15pm.
In New Hanover County, there will be fireworks at Kure Beach for the Island of Lights celebration near the fishing pier. A giant lighted beach ball will drop at midnight followed by fireworks. This free family-friendly event will feature a DJ and dancing with refreshments and party favors available for purchase.
Other New Year's Eve traditions in our area include the Good Luck Dragon run in Oriental in Pamlico County on Hodges Street near the waterfront. The first running is at 8:00 p.m. and starts near the corner of South Water Street. The second running is at 11:30 p.m., and this year will feature a meeting of Oriental’s two dragons - the traditional one and the Chinese dragon that was bought with public contributions 2 years ago. It’ll be the first time the two run together. Organizers encourage you to bring pots and pans to clang as the dragons pass by. At midnight, the Croaker (a giant fake fish) will be dropped from a mast at the town dock.
Mt. Olive in Wayne County will host the 14th annual New Year's Eve Pickle Drop, a family-friendly affair with live music and free refreshments. The event welcomes the new year on Greenwich Mean Time. Mr. Crisp, the Mt. Olive Pickle Company mascot, drops a lighted 3-foot tall dill pickle down the flagpole at Cucumber and Vine into a giant redwood pickle barrel at 7:00 p.m. Enjoy live music by The Harmony Boys from 6-6:50 p.m. and Dr. Alan Armstrong on the bagpipes. There are free refreshments including pickles! Canned food items will be collected to benefit the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina .