The annual 4th of July Fireworks and Celebration will take place on Wednesday, July 4 on the downtown riverfront. Fireworks will be launched from a barge in the Cape Fear River just north of the Battleship. Food vendors and music will start at 6 p.m. on Water Street. Headlining this year’s event is the United States Air Force, Full Spectrum Rock Band out of Langley Air Force Base in Hampton, Va., who will start playing at 7:30 p.m., then the fireworks show will begin at 9:05 p.m.
More details are available at http://www.wilmingtonnc.gov/july4th.
July 4th traffic mapVehicles should park on the side of downtown (with Red Cross Street being the dividing line) that is closest to the direction they will travel after the fireworks have ended. Click on map at right to enlarge.
Note that vehicles parking in the Cape Fear Community College parking deck on the corner of Red Cross and Front Street will be forced to exit to the south. Those leaving immediately after the fireworks should expect a one to two-hour delay when leaving the downtown area.
REMINDER: Pets are not allowed downtown during special events where large crowds are present and streets are closed.
On-street parking is free all day on July 4.
All parking decks will charge an event fee after 2 p.m. on July 4.
CFCC parking decks: $10
Market Street deck: $7
2nd Street deck: $7
NHC deck beside downtown library: $7
Convention Center parking deck: $8
N. Water Street, between Market and Grace streets, will close at 1:30 p.m.
Princess Street between N. Water and N. Front streets will close at 1:30 p.m.
Market Street between N. Water and N. Front streets will close at 1:30 p.m.
Chestnut Street, between N. Front and N. 2nd streets, will close as early as 5 p.m.
Streets west of 2nd Street toward the river will close as early as 6 p.m. (Once parking is no longer available, streets will close.)
US 421 North exit off 74/76 will close as early as 6 p.m.
NO STANDING, STOPPING or PARKING on bridges, roadways or along medians on Highways 17, 74/76, 133 or 421.
There will be a boating safety zone for 30 minutes after the fireworks around the launch site. NO THRU BOATING TRAFFIC WILL BE ALLOWED.
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