Tuesday, June 25, 2024

Symphony will be main act at city’s July 4 event

WILMINGTON — The Wilmington Symphony Orchestra will headline the city’s annual independence day festivities called “Wilmington Pops 4th of July Celebration!” 

Hosted on July 4 at Live Oak Bank Pavilion, the orchestra will be among 100 other musicians performing throughout the day. Guest conductor Dominic Talanca, a UNCW faculty member, will lead the program’s fusion of classical and pop selections with patriotic twists. Mayor Bill Saffo will also conduct one song. 

More orchestra musicians, guest artist Alexis Raeana, Opera Wilmington artists John and Shannon Dooley, and Wilmington Voices quartet will perform throughout the day. 

“An annual POPS concert is a cornerstone of a July Fourth celebration, and we are excited to be a part of creating this new tradition for our region,” Wilmington Symphony Orchestra Executive Director Liz Scanlon said. “POPS concerts add so much to a community by bringing people together to enjoy music, introduce people of all ages to a symphony orchestra, and celebrate in a city we are proud to call home.”

The celebration will feature live music, entertainment, food, fireworks and more.

Fireworks will take place in downtown Wilmington beginning at 9:05 p.m. They will be shot from a barge just north of the USS Battleship North Carolina, and will be viewable along the downtown riverfront.

“As the son of an immigrant and first generation American, this celebration has always been very special to me, and I can’t wait to celebrate America together with this amazing community,” Saffo said. 

Wilmington Pops 4th of July Celebration! is free and open to the public. More information can be found here.

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