Get ready to celebrate under the sun and stars along the beautiful Crystal Coast this 4th of July! From the vibrant festivities in Morehead City to the beautiful beaches of Atlantic Beach and the historic charm of Beaufort to the family-friendly atmosphere of Emerald Isle, there is something for everyone to enjoy on Independence Day.


Join us as we explore the exciting lineup of events happening across the area. Whether you’re a local or planning a vacation, get set for a summer filled with fireworks, cruises, beach parties, and more!


Fireworks and Festivities in Morehead City


Morehead City lights up with excitement every 4th of July drawing locals and visitors to its shores for a day filled with festivities. Most families spend the day at the pool, on the nearby beaches, or out on the boat. Wherever you are in town, Morehead City offers a picturesque background for all the 4th of July fun.


When it comes to the nighttime activities, you can expect loads of entertainment. Fireworks are set to light up the downtown waterfront at approximately 9 pm. They will be launched from Sugarloaf Island, promising a dazzling display for everyone to appreciate. 


If you’re looking for something more eventful the Morehead City Ferry Service is offering a 4th of July Fireworks Cruise and Tour. This boat ride will offer amazing views of the Crystal Coast’s fireworks as it cruises the state port and Beaufort waterfront. The cruise will set sail at 7:30 pm and return at 9:30 pm. For more booking information visit their website.


Sun, Sand, and Celebrations in Atlantic Beach


On the 4th of July, Atlantic Beach transforms into a town of celebration and seaside delight. Its sandy shores attract visitors from all over for a day filled with fun and vibrant festivities. During the day the beaches buzz with energy as people soak up the sun, play in the surf, and spend quality time together.


For all the history lovers, make your way over the Fort Macon State park from 10 am to 4 pm where you will learn how the various cannons at the fort were loaded, aimed, and shot. There will be cannon firing demonstrations at 10:30 am, 11:30 am, 1:30 pm, and 3:30 pm. 


As the sun sets over the water, there will be live music at The Circle from 7-9 pm. At 9 pm, fireworks will be set off from the beachfront that can be seen all over town. Whether you’re a local or a visitor, Atlantic Beach on July 4th offers an unforgettable experience against the backdrop of the beautiful North Carolina coast. Be sure to arrive early to grab a spot on the beach!


Historic Charm and Coastal Fun in Beaufort


Every 4th of July you can count on Beaufort for its historic charm and coastal attractions. The town’s rich maritime history blends seamlessly with the festive spirit of Independence Day, creating a unique atmosphere of celebration and remembrance.


Throughout the day, you can find excitement as locals and tourists explore the quaint shops, historic sites, and beautiful waterfront. The docks bustle with activity as boats flying American flags bob in the creek, adding a nautical flair to the festivities.


As the evening approaches, anticipation builds for the excitement coming on Taylor’s Creek. John Newton Park is hosting a Rock the Dock party from 5:00 to 8:00 pm. Partygoers can expect a night of music, fellowship, and drinks. Don’t forget your lawn chair!


For those looking to experience the fireworks, hop aboard the new 100’ Crystal Coast Lady Yacht where you will cruise along the Beaufort Waterfront. Passengers will be able to watch the firework displays from the nearby coastal towns. Visit their website to book!


Family-Friendly Fun in Emerald Isle


July 4th is a slice of coastal paradise mixed with patriotic spirit and laid back beach vibes in Emerald Isle. The day consists of families and friends gathered for beachfront barbecues, picnics, and leisurely strolls along the shoreline. The pristine beaches are perfect for sunbathing, swimming, and beach games.


At night there will be several live music performances to enjoy. Indulge in southern food spirits at The Trading Post where Rubich’s Cube will be playing from 6:00 to 9:00 pm. Snapperz Grill and Steam Bar of Emerald Isle is hosting Ray Wag and Jake Sutton from 7:00 to 10:00 pm. Go out and enjoy live music this 4th of July!


July Fourth on the Crystal Coast of North Carolina offers a lively blend of beachside fun, community gatherings, and spectacular fireworks displays. From sunrise to sunset, residents and visitors enjoy a day filled with festivities, good food, and coastal charm.


As night falls, the skies light up with bright colors, marking the end of a memorable Independence Day celebration. Whether you’re lounging on Atlantic Beach, exploring historic Beaufort, or enjoying the tranquility of Emerald Isle, the Fourth of July on the Crystal Coast promises an unforgettable experience for all who come to celebrate. If you’re looking to buy the perfect home for your family, contact Al Williams Properties to find a one-of-a-kind house or vacation getaway. Join us this 4th of July, we promise it’ll be one to remember!

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