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The City of Wilmington’s annual free celebration will have more than 100 musicians celebrating Independence Day. (Port City Daily/File)

WILMINGTON — The City of Wilmington’s annual event will have more than 100 musicians celebrating Independence Day with Wilmington Pops!

Tens of thousands of people flock to downtown Wilmington annually; gates open at 5 p.m. Performing will be guest artist Maxwell Snyder, Opera Wilmington artists John and Shannon Dooley, and a quartet from Wilmington Voices. 

The main concert begins at 7 p.m. featuring the Wilmington Symphony Orchestra, led by conductor Dominic Talanca. WSO will blend patriotic tunes with classical selections from Bernstein, Copland and Williams, and current pop songs.

There also will be DJ competitions; by 9:05 p.m., fireworks will be raining down over the Cape Fear River. They will be launched from a barge at the Cape Fear and Northeast Cape Fear rivers, just north of the USS North Carolina.

The event is free and takes place at 10 Cowan St.


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Shea Carver
Shea Carver
Shea Carver is the editor in chief at Port City Daily. A UNCW alumna, Shea worked in the print media business in Wilmington for 22 years before joining the PCD team in October 2020. She specializes in arts coverage — music, film, literature, theatre — the dining scene, and can often be tapped on where to go, what to do and who to see in Wilmington. When she isn’t hanging with her pup, Shadow Wolf, tending the garden or spinning vinyl, she’s attending concerts and live theater.

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