Independence Day is right around the corner, bringing with it all the traditional displays of red, white and blue patriotism.
But if the pomp and circumstance of parades or the flash of fireworks don’t quite spark your interest–or you are just looking for more to do afterward–we’ve got a few suggestions to help you ring in the Fourth of July in your own unique way this weekend.
Celebrate our country’s break from Britain with the time-honored tradition of good brews with good friends at Bombers Bev Co., 108 Grace St., Saturday.
Starting at 3 p.m., Asheville’s Wicked Weed will be onsite, serving up craft IPAs and ales. The brewery takes its name from a quote by King Henry VIII, who declared hops as “a wicked and pernicious weed, destined to ruin beer.”
Rebelling against the ruling, beer makers defied the king and embraced hops, forever changing the way beer would be made.
In addition to draught beers, Bombers will have local geek rock outfit D&D sluggers from 9 to 11 p.m., along with hot dogs in the “Beer Alley.”
Live music and local food will also be on hand at Flytrap Brewing, 319 Walnut St. in the Brooklyn Arts District. Just a hop, skip and a jump from downtown’s riverfront and the fireworks display, Flytrap Brewing will host bluegrass from Michael Ramsey at 8 p.m., with A & M’s Red Food Truck serving up tacos and sliders starting at 7.
Or catch Wilmington favorites Temple 5, playing its unique blend of hip hop and jazz at The Calico Room, 107 S. Front St. The band will take the stage at 10 p.m., and admission is $5.
If you want to catch the fireworks–but want to avoid the crowds–128 South Events and Catering offers its fourth annual deck party at 6:30 p.m. at 128 S. Front St.
For $65 ($20 for children 15 and under), you’ll get an impressive picnic spread that includes southern fried chicken, barbecue, an assortment of gourmet sides, desserts and, for the adults, beer and wine. Plus, Fred Flynn and Wes Sayer will perform live on the rooftop ahead of the fireworks display.
Want to avoid downtown altogether? Beach House Bar and Grill, 7219 A Market St., celebrates the Fourth with local rock band The Fury beginning at 8 p.m. There’ll be drink and food specials, as well. Admission is $5 ($3 for members).
There is lots more fun to be had in the Port City–before, during and after the Fourth–as found below in our weekly arts and entertainment roundup.
Get more information on these happenings, and plenty others, on The Scene, our free community events calendar.
Singer/songwriter Michael Eakins performs a free show at 8 p.m. Thursday at Flytrap Brewing. Soulful Twist Food Truck serves up local street food from 7 to 10 p.m. On Friday, Americana sibling duo Brothers Egg performs at 8 p.m., with Pepe’s Taco Truck onsite from 7 to 10 p.m.. Michael Ramsey plays at 8 p.m. Saturday, and A & M’s Red Food Truck sells tacos and sliders beginning at 7.
Local duo Milestone performs live beach music and covers of Steely Dan, Motown hits and more from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday at Two Kousins in Carolina Beach. There is no cover charge.
Wilmington band Brown Widow holds a fundraising concert for its tour, with The UMPHS and Astro Cowboy, at 9:30 p.m. Friday at The Calico Room. Admission is $5.
The Town of Kure Beach’s Boogie in the Park free concert series continues Sunday with Lynne and the Wave, playing a mix of classic rock, jazz, pop, blues and crossover country from 5 to 7 p.m. at Ocean Front Park.
Americana musician Travis Shallow performs at The Calico Room from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Sunday. There is no cover charge.
TheatreNOW presents “Summers at Seabreeze: Songs and Remembrances of Freeman Beach,” a multimedia dinner show by Zach Hanner, Friday and Saturday. The performance, which celebrates the memories of a special getaway for African Americans during the age of segregation, features special musical arrangements by Grenoldo Frazier. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $34 ($20 for show-only option).
Ryan Singer performs stand-up this weekend at Dead Crow Comedy Room. Singer, a frequent guest on Marc Maron’s WTF podcase, had two Top 10 comedy CDs in 2010 and 2012. Local comic Cliff Cash opens the show. Sets are scheduled for 8 and 10:30 p.m. each night. Admission is $13.
Dead Crow Comedy Club presents Wilmington’s only live late night talk show, “Late Fear with Wills Maxwell,” at 11:55 p.m. Saturday. Recorded the first and third Saturday night, “Late Fear” is a showcase for Wilmington’s comedians, musicians and business owners. Admission is $5.
Hilary Snow is a reporter at Port City Daily. Reach her at (910) 772-6341 or firstname.lastname@example.org.