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Annual Battleship Blast – 4th of July Event in Wilmington, NC

Highlighted as one of the ’10 Best Spots to Celebrate the Fourth’, the 18th Annual Battleship Blast is the final event that caps off Wilmington’s Independence Day celebrations, and is a fireworks show that will dazzle individuals of every age. As there is an entire day worth of entertainment, music, and food to enjoy, you’ll want to be in Historic Downtown Wilmington for the entire day so you don’t miss a minute of it. Additional details about the event are below – see you on Friday, July 4th!

Annual Battleship Blast - 4th of July Event in Wilmington, NC

An Event That Captures Wilmington’s Community Spirit

Wilmington isn’t a large city by our country’s standards, but we are a tight-knit friendly community and events like the Battleship Blast highlight just how close we are. Virtually everyone that calls Wilmington home – and many thousands that just enjoy the atmosphere – descends upon the downtown area to celebrate the 4th of July and enjoy time with friends and family. Whether you’re just visiting town or you’re considering making a move to Wilmington, don’t miss the Battleship Blast. It truly is an amazing event.

Kick the Evening off on the Riverfront

The Battleship Complex on Eagles Island will close at 5:00 pm, with vehicles required to vacate the area by 5:30 so that final preparations for the show can begin. With this in mind, why not head down to the Riverfront and enjoy dinner before finding the perfect spot to watch the fireworks display? If you’ve got time before the fireworks begin at 9:05 pm, the 440th Army Band will be providing musical entertainment in Riverfront Park.

Don’t Forget Your Radio!

A big part of the show is the music that is choreographed along with the fireworks display, so don’t forget to pack a battery-powered radio or a mobile phone that is FM-capable. Tune in to WGNI 102.7 FM around 9:00 pm so that you’re ready for the beginning of the show.

Parking and Traffic Information

If you’re going to park, you’ll want to ensure that you get your car settled earlier on in the day as street closures west of 3rd St. begin as soon as the parking decks are full. There are decks available on Market St., N. 2nd St., and on Nutt St. at the Convention Center, and all of these areas charge a small fee for parking. If you’d like to park on the street, parking is free of charge.

Note that if you’re driving out of the area after the event is finished, the City is advising that you prepare for at least an hour or two of delays due to heavy volumes of traffic leaving the area. Of course, if you lived in Historic Downtown Wilmington, you could simply walk home – click here to check out the homes for sale in the area.

The annual Battleship Blast is one of Wilmington’s pinnacle events and a great way to celebrate the 4th of July. We look forward to seeing you out, enjoying the day!

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