Schedule of Fourth of July events in your town

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GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – Fourth of July weekend is on its way and there are events going on in your town of Eastern North Carolina.

Here is a compiled list of concerts, fireworks and events on July 4th weekend:

Friday, July 1:

The Punch Band Hits Alive at Five

The next Alive at Five concert will feature an exciting new band out of Raleigh called Punch on Friday, July 1 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Jaycee Park, 807 Shepard Street. The band Punch has completely taken the music industry in the Southeast by storm since their January 2014 launch.

While they specialize in 70’s and 80’s Funk and Retro all the way to today’s current Top 40, their song list also includes the major hits from Motown, Beach, Country, and some Jazz standards.

This band not only has all of the elements musically, they also utilize a state of the art sound system and have an incredible computerized light show that will truly amaze. For more information, go to

U.S. 440th Army Band Performance

The U.S. 440th Army Band is performing Friday night, July 1, at 6 p.m. at the Washington Waterfront.

Saturday, July 2:

MCAS New River & MCB Camp Lejeune’s July 4th Weekend full of Excitement, Entertainment, and Fun!

The weekend kicks off with the two-day Red Bull Global Rallycross, July 2nd and 3rd aboard Marine Corps Air Station New River and concludes with the July 4th Celebration aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune featuring Kellie Pickler. Admission to both events are FREE!

Red Bull Global Rallycross announces its return to MCAS New River in Jacksonville, North Carolina for the second consecutive season. The world’s best rallycross drivers will compete at MCAS New River once again on July 4th weekend, with this year’s festivities expanding to a doubleheader.

This year’s event will feature an all-new course layout, bringing the track even closer to the fans. Attendees will feel the rumble of 6,000 horsepower as 10 of the world’s greatest drivers launch in dual Supercar finals on Saturday and Sunday.
A full field of Supercar and GRC Lites drivers, including superstars Tanner Foust, Brian Deegan, and defending champion Scott Speed, is expected to be on hand for the event.

The event is open to DoD cardholders with base credentials on Saturday, July 2 and open to the general public on Sunday, July 3. General admission is free with the option of paid premium seating for both days. For more information and to purchase premium tickets online, please visit

Sunday, July 3:

440th Army Band to Perform at Tryon Palace

The 440th Army Band will give a free performance on the Tryon Palace South Lawn overlooking the Trent River in downtown New Bern Sunday, July 3. Gates open at 5 p.m. and the concert begins at 7 p.m.

The 440th Army Band has served as North Carolina’s National Guard Band under several designations since the early 1900s. The band was activated in World War II as the 30th Infantry Division Band along with the rest of the North Carolina National Guard as the “Old Hickory Division.”

The band performs for troops and their families and for the citizens of North Carolina at ceremonies, public concerts, and parades. The band has earned numerous awards including Outstanding North Carolina National Guard unit and the Eisenhower trophy three times as an outstanding Army unit.

In 2016, the 440th Army Band received its sixth Commander. The 440th Army Band is now commanded by Chief Warrant Officer IV Mark B. Cummings. Cummings has retired from his career and now teaches ballroom dancing along with commanding the 440th Army Band.

The public can bring chairs and blankets, but pets and alcoholic beverages are not permitted.

Kickoff Independence Day

Kick off Independence Day Weekend with fireworks at Atlantic Beach on Sunday, July 3 at 9 p.m. Please contact Town Hall at 252-726-2121 with any questions.

Surf City Celebration

The Mark Roberts Band will perform at 6 p.m., with fireworks concluding the event at dusk. It will be held at Southside park.

Sunday in the Park

Sunday in the Park has combined forces with Uptown Greenville’s Umbrella Market! On Sunday, July 3, at 6 PM, the market will open at the Greenville Town Common and offer fresh produce, handmade arts, jewelry, baked goods, and more.

The market will remain open for the duration of the Sunday in the Park concert, which begins at 7 PM. This week’s act is the Pamlico Sound Machine, an act that is sure to get you moving with a variety of dance favorites and top 40 hits.

Ocracoke July 4th Celebration

Ocracoke is celebrating the Fourth of July with a classic car show, dancing and fireworks beginning at 10 a.m.!

Monday, July 4:

New Bern Run for the Warriors 5K

The City is hosting a patriotic celebration this Independence Day. Residents and visitors are invited to enjoy the downtown festivities, capped off by a spectacular fireworks display in the evening.

There will be events in Union Point Park during the afternoon and evening, and fireworks will be launched from Lawson Creek Park that can be viewed from Union Point Park, the downtown waterfront area, and Lawson Creek Park.

The day begins at Union Point Park with the 5th Annual New Bern Run for the Warriors. This 5K race begins at 7:30 a.m. and is dedicated to the men and women wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan, their families, and the families of the fallen. Log on to for more information. The City’s rain date for the fireworks is July 5. Should this rain event be needed, Lawson Creek Park will open from 7 p.m. and the fireworks will begin for a 9 p.m. show.

The streets of Union Point Park are closed to vehicular traffic from 11 p.m. Sunday, July 3 through 11 p.m. Monday, July 4. The park opens at 4 p.m. Monday for visitors to come enjoy our misting tent, fossil dig, and food and beverage vendors.

From 6-7:30 p.m., the MCAS Cherry Point 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing Band will entertain the crowd with patriotic tunes from the park gazebo. After their performance, a deejay will play music and host dance contests and games until the fireworks show begins around 9:15 p.m. The fireworks will be launched from Lawson Creek Park.

Lawson Creek Park is also open to visitors this holiday weekend as a picnic area and fireworks viewing location. Boat launch #2 (at the east end of the park) and Jack’s Island are closed from 11 p.m. Sunday, July 3 through 11 p.m. Monday, July 4, and will be used to secure the fireworks launch site. Boat launch #1 (near the multi-purpose field) will be open until 6 p.m. Monday for boaters, kayakers and paddleboarders who wish to get on the water. Note that the boat ramp will be closed from 6 p.m. until after the fireworks show.

Naturalization & Granting of Citizenship in the United States

Twenty-five candidates who want to call the United States home are slated to take their oaths of citizenship here July 4, 2016 at 10:00 am. The ceremony will take place on the grounds of historic Harmony Hall at 109 East King Street.

The home museum, operated by the Lenoir County Historical Association, was once the de facto capital of North Carolina in the early days of the American Revolution. The association will host its 11th Naturalization and Granting of Citizenship in the United States ceremony on this year’s Independence Day.

Greenville 4th Celebration

Staying in Greenville for the 4th of July weekend? Jaycees has you covered with free entertainment, activities and fireworks for your Independence Day Celebration. Wear your red, white and blue!

Havelock Freedom Festival

The Havelock Freedom Festival begins at 5 p.m. with field day activities, such as a hula hoop contest, pizza eating contest, a pie eating contest, a three-legged race and an egg toss.

Pauline Smith and Megan McVicker will perform and fireworks begin at 9 p.m. at the City Park!

Tryon Palace Hosts ‘Independence Night’ Celebration at North Carolina History Center

Tryon Palace will host a new Fourth of July “Independence Night” event at the North Carolina History Center, located on New Bern’s historic riverfront, Monday, July 4, from 6-9:30 p.m.

“We want to give families a fun and safe place to spend the Fourth of July,” said Tryon Palace Executive Director Lee Johnson. “That’s why we created Independence Night as an evening with music, food and entertainment for children from the best vantage point in the city for watching fireworks on the Fourth.”

“Independence Night: A Fourth of July Celebration at the North Carolina History Center” features a buffet of hamburgers, hot dogs and an ice cream bar, live music from Billy Holton and the Soul Shakers, face painting and a riverfront view of the downtown New Bern fireworks.

Tickets are $10 for the general public, $5 ages 6-10, and free for ages 5 and under. Tickets for Tryon Palace Foundation members will be free while supplies last. Admission includes tickets to the buffet. Additional food will be available for purchase from Dank Burrito, 2014 winner of Mobile Cuisine’s National Food Truck Rookie of the Year.

Visitors are encouraged to bring blankets and chairs. No pets or coolers are permitted. This is an alcohol-free event.

Parking for this event will be available at the North Carolina History Center at a cost of $5 for each vehicle and available on a first-come, first-served basis. To purchase tickets or parking passes in advance, call 252-639-3524.

Emerald Isle Fireworks Show

This year, bring the whole family to see Emerald Isle’s 4th of July Fireworks Show. Watch as the fireworks light up the summer night in celebration of our country’s Independence Day. The fireworks will be launched from Bogue Inlet Pier, giving way to great views up and down the beach.

You also can see the Emerald Isle Fireworks Show from the Intracoastal Waterway and Bogue Sound. It starts at 9 p.m. and is located at 100 Bogue Inlet Drive in Emerald Isle.

Beaufort Fourth of July Parade

Beaufort July Fourth Parade July 4, 11 a.m. A favorite old-fashioned Beaufort tradition is the Fourth of July Parade taking place along the waterfront at 11 a.m. The parade begins on the corner of Gordon and Front Streets.  The parade gets better every year and includes kids, pets, wagons, flags, & music.

You may also bring a picnic lunch to enjoy on the courthouse lawn. Contact Parade Organizer Martha Barnes, 252-728-3917 or for more information.

White Oak River July 4th Fireworks

A spectacular display of fireworks over the White Oak River. Swansboro and Cedar Point partner to make this event one your sure to remember.  Bring your lawn chairs and blankets and  enjoy music by the sea before the grand event.  Food vendors in attendance.

Ocracoke July 4th Celebration (cont.)

Ocracoke continues its celebration with raising the flag at 9 a.m. and ends with a bonfire on the beach.

Belhaven 4th Parade

The parade will start downtown at 11 a.m. Events include a bouncy house, helicopter rides, music and fireworks at 9 p.m.

Washington July 4th Celebration

Just about anywhere you walk in downtown Washington, NC at almost any time of the day this coming July 4th, 2016, you’ll find entertainment such as live music, games, and performers.

You’ll sample fine local food and of course, take some home with you from our Farmers Market.

Kids especially will have great fun this year watching (or participating in) the Kid’s Decorated Bike Parade, and the Children’s Arcade.

New Citizen Night in Kinston

Kinston is prepared to host the “biggest firework shows in Eastern North Carolina” on the Fourth. Pizazz will perform from 6 p.m. to 9, and then the fireworks begin.

The Kinston PD will provide traffic control.

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