A firework goes off during a previous display on the Crystal Coast. Firework shows will be a part of many area Fourth of July celebrations. (Dylan Ray photo)

Independence Day is on Monday, July 4, and areas in the county and beyond plan to celebrate America’s freedom with music, entertaining events and fireworks.

Leading up to the holiday, the Carteret County Arts and Crafts Coalition will hold its annual Fourth of July art show from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, July 2, and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, July 3, at the Beaufort Historic Site.

This is an outdoor show of juried local artists and artisans. Artwork includes pottery, basket weaving, fiber, jewelry, glasswork, woodworking, ceramics, watercolors, wax works, oils and photography.

The show is free and open to the public. For more information, visit or email

Atlantic Beach will celebrate the holiday with fireworks. The show starts at 9 p.m. Sunday, July 3, at the Atlantic Beach circle. For more information, call town hall at 252-726-2121.

For the first time in years, Ocracoke will participate in the festivities with a two-day celebration.

On Sunday, July 3, festival participants will be able to see a classic car show, a traditional Ocracoke square dance in the community square, live music from Molasses Creek and fun music with deejay Tommy Hutcherson. The night is completed with a firework display. The show starts at 9:15 p.m. The fireworks will be launched from the National Park Service boat ramp area and will be visible throughout the harbor area.

The fun continues on Monday, July 4, with several events. A flag-raising ceremony and singing of the National Anthem will take place, as well as a sand sculpture contest, a parade and more.

For more information and a complete schedule, visit

On Monday, July 4, several activities take place throughout the county.

The annual Fourth of July parade takes place at 11 a.m. along Front Street in downtown Beaufort. After the parade, ice cream lovers can gather at the courthouse square to enjoy a free ice cream social.

To top off the night, a firework display will start at 9 p.m. over Gallant’s Channel.

Ann Street United Methodist Church will participate in the national bell ringing ceremony, “Let Freedom Ring.”

The ceremony will be held at 1:30 p.m. with a short ceremony followed by the bell ringing at 2 p.m.

In Morehead City, there are several different ways to celebrate the holiday.

From 7-10 p.m., the Morehead City Parks and Recreation will hold a free concert at Jaycee Park, featuring the music of the Main Event Band.

Fireworks will start at 9 p.m. and can be seen anywhere along the waterfront.

The Crystal Coast Lady will offer a chance to see the fireworks from the water with the Fireworks Cruise.

Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for children under the age of 11.

Emerald Isle will participate by hosting fireworks and a glow dance party.

The fireworks display starts at 9 p.m. on Bogue Inlet Pier and along Highway 58. The fireworks will be visible from Bogue Sound and along the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway.

After the fireworks, stick around for a Laser Light Show and Glow Dance Party at the Pier.

From 7-11 p.m., Emerald Isle, Bogue Inlet Pier and Emerald Owl Productions will partner to put on the show with the beach acting as the dance floor.

This family-friendly event will feature music from a variety of time periods and includes some line dance favorites.

The event is free to the public, but an honors system includes a donation of $5 per person or $10 per family and two canned food goods for Hope Mission.

The donation will go to funding similar types of entertainment for the future. A portion of the donations will be donated to the Autism Society of North Carolina.

Tryon Palace, in New Bern, will host a new Fourth of July “Independence Night” event at the N.C. History Center, on New Bern’s historic riverfront, from 6-9:30 p.m. Monday, July 4.

“Independence Night: A Fourth of July Celebration at the N.C. History Center” features a buffet of hamburgers, hot dogs and an ice cream bar, live music from Billy Holton and the Soul Shakers, face painting and a riverfront view of the downtown New Bern fireworks.

Tickets are $10 for the general public, $5 for ages 6 through 10, and free for ages 5 and under. Tickets for Tryon Palace Foundation members will be free while supplies last.

Admission includes tickets to the buffet. Additional food will be available for purchase from Dank Burrito.

Parking for this event will be available at the N.C. History Center at a cost of $5 for each vehicle and available on a first-come, first-served basis. To purchase tickets or parking passes in advance, call 252-639-3524.

Tryon Palace’s annual Glorious Fourth will also go on throughout the day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Visitors can enjoy free access to the Tryon Palace gardens, a reading of the Declaration of Independence from the Governor’s Palace steps at 11 a.m., and live 18th century music from Thursday Morn’ and the Tryon Palace Fife and Drum Corps.

In Havelock, Pauline Smith, of Morehead City, will perform a free concert to celebrate the holiday. She will perform from 5-7 p.m. at Havelock City Park.

A field day will start at 5 p.m. with a pizza eating contest, as well as a pie eating contest. There will also be a three-legged race and and egg toss.

Fireworks will follow at 9 p.m.

Swansboro will participate in the festivities with music and fireworks. The TAMS will perform from 6-10 p.m. and the fireworks display is at 9 p.m. Monday, July 4, over the White Oak River.

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