Fireworks boom over the N.C. Maritime Museum’s Gallants Channel Annex in 2018 as Independence Day comes to an end in Beaufort. (Dylan Ray photo)

The county, and the rest of the country, is gearing up to celebrate Independence Day, Thursday, July 4. The Fourth of July holiday celebrates America’s birthday and people gather to enjoy the warm weather, fireworks, bonfires, grilling out and more.

Beaufort will celebrate the holiday starting at 11 a.m. with a parade.

“We got a lot of people signed up,” said Susan Saunders, president of Downtown Beaufort Development Association. “We will have a nice, healthy parade.”

The parade will take place along Front Street and turn up Turner Street.

The grand marshal this year is Beaufort Mayor Rett Newton, who will be accompanied by bagpipers.

Holland Shepard Realty will have an ice cream social in the courthouse parking lot after the parade.

At 1:30 p.m., Ann Street United Methodist Church will host a special Fourth of July celebration, followed by a bell ringing in honor of the original 13 American colonies at 2 p.m.

Then at 6 p.m., Dick Knight will perform at John Newton Park as a part of Beaufort’s Music in the Park concert series.

At Gallants Channel, the town will prepare for firework launching at 6 p.m.

There will be beer, wine, watermelon and hotdogs, as well as live music provided by a local DJ.

The fireworks start at 9 p.m.

Morehead City will celebrate the holiday with several events.

The Main Event Band will perform from 7-10 p.m. Thursday with a free concert in Jaycee Park. For more information, go to  

This concert is hosted by the Morehead City Parks and Recreation Department and the town of Morehead City.

At 9 p.m., the music will fade and the sky will explode with the Morehead City fireworks display.  Every year, the show is shot off from across the water on Sugarloaf Island.

The fireworks display is sponsored by the town of Morehead City and hosted by Downtown Morehead City Inc.

There will be a Fourth of July Fireworks Cruise from 7-9 p.m. Skip the crowds on shore and bring your friends and family aboard for a fireworks display with water views. To book a reservation, call 252-504-2488.

Atlantic Beach will host a celebration from 7-10 p.m. at the Circle.

Robert McDuffy will perform live music before the fireworks, which start at 9 p.m.

Paid parking ends at 6 p.m., so parking will be free.

Pine Knoll Shores will host its very own patriotic parade at 10 a.m. Thursday at Garner Park.

Those who wish to participate can dress up in their red, white and blue and decorate anything that moves – dogs, golf carts and bikes included – and join in the parade route.

After the parade there will be cold watermelon for the participants.

Emerald Isle will have a firework display at 9 p.m.  

Parking will be available at Bogue Inlet Pier, as well as along Highway 58.  

The fireworks will also be visible from Bogue Sound and the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway.

The Continental Congress declared its independence from Great Britain July 2, 1776. If that date raises an eyebrow, it should, according to Metro Creative Connections.

Independence Day in the United States has long been celebrated July 4, which would seem to be two days late.

But upon closer examination, it seems Americans are not really celebrating their independence two days later than they should be.

According to the National Constitution Center, the Continental Congress approved a resolution declaring its independence from Great Britain July 2. However, a document still needed to be drafted to explain the decision to the general public.

Such a document was already in the works, but it took two days for the men of Congress to agree on a final version.

The resulting document, known as the Declaration of Independence, was sent to John Dunlap, an Irish printer who served under George Washington during the American Revolutionary War, who subsequently printed roughly 200 broadsides.

Still, the Declaration of Independence was not read to the public until July 8, 1776, when Col. John Nixon did so in Philadelphia, Pa., on what is now known as Independence Square.

It was nearly a month later, on Aug. 2, 1776, when most members of the Continental Congress actually signed the Declaration of Independence in Philadelphia.

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