City plans music-filled Fourth of July opening at Riverfront Park, fireworks

Contractors work on getting Riverfront Park ready for visitors as the City of Wilmington prepares for a Fourth of July grand opening. (Port City Daily photo/Johanna F. Still)
Contractors work on getting Riverfront Park ready for visitors as the City of Wilmington prepares for a Fourth of July grand opening. (Port City Daily photo/Johanna F. Still)

WILMINGTON — As contractors finish up work on Riverfront Park, the City of Wilmington is inviting the public to make plans for a Fourth of July opening.

The city will host two events on July 4: In the afternoon, the park will open to the public for the first time; then starting at 9 p.m., fireworks will be shot from a barge near the battleship but won’t be visible from the new park.

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Beginning at 1 p.m., the new park will open to the public until 8 p.m., featuring a wide roundup of local bands, including The Benny Hill Quartet, The Coastal Collective, Omni Percussion Ensemble, Signal Fire, and L Shape Lot. Comedians will also take a turn on the stage at the free event.

Food, local brewers’ beer, and activities for kids will be available all afternoon.

After the event wraps up at 8 p.m., the city will prepare for its fireworks display located north of the USS Battleship North Carolina. The display will be visible from the downtown riverfront.

Pets are not allowed at the event. Lawn chairs — legs can’t be longer than 9 inches — and blankets will be allowed in the great lawn but not the beer garden. Boat traffic will close for 30 minutes after the fireworks display. Find out more about the free events.

Parking information and park location can be found below:


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