Our Treasured Topsail Island Dunes

Whether you live here or just vacation in the Greater Topsail Island area, you encounter our coastal treasures. Treasure Realty is the trusted local expert for real estate and vacation rentals. We also enjoy sharing our coastal treasures.

This week’s blog is dedicated to the treasured dunes that protect Topsail Island, and the vegetation that is vital to that protection. This week’s guest blogger comes from Sea Grant North Carolina Coastwatch and NC State University.

Dune Vegetation

By Spencer Rogers and David Nash with illustrations by David Williams.

Only a few species of plants can adapt to the dunes closest to the ocean and beach, where high levels of salt spray, continuous winds, large amounts of wind- blown sand, and other environmental factors continuously impact these “pioneer zone” species.

Coastal dune plants must be able to survive in soils that are low in nutrients and moisture and have extreme fluctuations in temperature and ocean overwash. Dune species thrive in this harsh environment because they are highly adapted to tolerate the extreme conditions.

Vegetation aids in forming the dune and plays an important role in the coastal dune ecosystem. Plants trap blowing sand, causing the formation of sand dunes and the stabilization of barrier island soils. As the dune field grows, multiple dunes line the beach, providing habitat for animals, birds, amphibians and reptiles.

Salt spray and blowing sand are the two main factors contributing to the zonation of plant species across the barrier island. The highest salt concentrations occur on the beach, gradually decreasing with distance. Dune plants tolerate the highest levels of salt spray and even an occasional overwash by sea water.

Most plants have a low tolerance for burial over their stems and roots. In contrast, dune plants thrive on wind- blown sand deposits, and collect sparse nutrients from the incoming sand, stimulating growth and reproduction. The harsh conditions in the pioneer zone allow the dune vegetation to grow without competition from less tolerant plants.

Inland from the shoreline and behind the shelter of the dunes, the conditions moderate to allow a wider variety of moderately tolerant grasses, shrubs and trees, resulting in distinctive plant zones forming across barrier islands — from the ocean to the estuary. The older dune ridges are farthest from wind-blown sand and salt spray. Plant species with less tolerance for salt spray and other adverse conditions may thrive in the back dune zone, where other plants and dune ridges block the sand and salt spray carried by the wind.

Climate and Native Species

Climate is the primary factor limiting the geographic range of pioneer zone coastal plant species. Along the mid-Atlantic coast, the dunes between the Chesapeake Bay and Cape Lookout are the approximate transition zone for several species.

For example, sea oats prefer the warmer climate found south of this area and appear to be limited in their northern range by cold temperatures. American beachgrass is the dominant pioneer zone species north of the transition zone, tending to die back when stressed by the hot, dry conditions found farther south. Both species are excellent sand trappers and dune stabilizers.

Since local plants take years to evolve, they are usually best adapted to the climate where they were first grown. For example, South Florida sea oats do not adapt as well in the cooler climate of North Carolina as they do in Florida, and American beachgrass from New Jersey is not well suited to North Carolina’s warmer climate.

Therefore, whenever possible, it is always best to obtain dune plants grown from seeds or parent material originating within a 100-mile radius of the beach where they will be planted. Often, however, the need for plants after the worst storms overwhelms local supply capacity, making it necessary to buy stock from farther away.

Whether patching the frontal dune adjacent to a beach cottage or planting several miles of a beach nourishment project, the primary goal is likely to be the same: to trap and stabilize the blowing sand so that it will repair or enhance the storm protection that dunes provide.

The Role of Vegetation in Natural Dune Recovery

Surviving plants slide off the face of the eroded dune as the scarp dries and collapses, where plants take root. Dune recovery following a storm usually evolves in several ways, depending on the remaining topography and severity of the storm.

During typical seasonal fluctuations in the berm width, the seaward edge of the vegetation sends rhizomes a few feet into the back edge of the berm during the growing season, only to get pruned during the season’s worst erosion.

In severe storms — where the dune is not overtopped but a significant volume of sand is removed from the dune — vegetation recovery is usually initiated at one of the three points where remaining vegetation may survive (Figure I and Figure J).

The most severe storms may leave remnants of surviving vegetation near the old vegetation line, initiating the most seaward pioneer plants in the next growing season. The near vertical erosion scarp is highly unstable. In the days to weeks following the storm, the moist sand in the scarp dries, and the scarp gradually collapses, becoming a flatter, more stable slope.

As the scarp collapses, vegetation from the top of the dune is carried with it. Some of the vegetation survives the slide to the toe of the dune, initiating the recovery over the new slope. Remaining vegetation at the top starts the recovery from above.

Therefore, on high dunes, vegetation recovery following storms can begin at three locations: surviving plants on the dune top; plants sliding seaward with the collapsing scarp colonizing the toe of the dune; and sometimes, the old vegetation line, if the erosion isn’t too deep.

After a storm flattens the dune and overwash deposits bury the vegetation, some plants grow through the deposits and initiate dune recovery.

Dune vegetation has the ability to survive varying depths of burial by overwash. Although the plants seem to disappear following a storm, they can pop up out of nowhere at the beginning of the next growing season and initiate the dune recovery. Buried too deep, the vegetation will not survive, and recovery must start farther landward.

Dune plants colonize bare sand primarily by spreading rhizomes or runners from a parent plant. Storms can leave debris deposits or wrack lines that contain a few viable seeds or plant remnants and help jumpstart the dune recovery.

The densest clumps of vegetation trap the most sand and are stimulated to grow denser and spread even faster. As the dune grows in height and vegetation density, the area farther landward begins to be affected. By trapping most of the sand in the first dense vegetation, the sand supply to more inland areas is reduced. As the seaward dune height increases, dunes farther landward lose their sand supply and become more sheltered from the wind speeds necessary to deliver the sand.

Over time, most dune growth — in both width and height — occurs in the seaward direction. During each season, the seaward edge of the dune grows farther seaward, followed by the rising dune crest. In contrast, the landward side of the dune captures very little sand.

In this way, dunes grow from landward to seaward. However, at some point the seaward growth is halted when the vegetation line reaches the landward limit of seasonal berm fluctuations. As the slope of the dune face steepens, future increases in dune height slow considerably. Understanding the way that dunes grow in width and height — and their effect on the growth of more landward dunes — is critical in applying the dune and vegetation management strategies.

Thank you Sea Grant North Carolina Coastwatch and NC State University. We appreciate the dedication and work you continue to do on behalf of the all the treasure coasts of our great state! To read the entire article online you may visit by clicking on this provided link;

https://ncseagrant.ncsu.edu/coastwatch/previous-issues/2019-2/spring-2019/return-of-the-dunes-the-science-of-post-florence-recovery/

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From Fixer Upper to a Topsail Treasure

This week’s treasure from the Topsail Treasure Coast features a complete condo transformation that got the attention of over 4.5 thousand HGTV fans.

“A Condo on Topsail Island Goes Viral”

by Scott Franko, Marketing Director at Treasure Realty

She said she could do it. I didn’t believe her. Well, she did. And today her condo looks like a scene out of coastal lifestyle magazine. But it didn’t start out that way. Not even close.

I just happen to know the owner of this condo. Since I’m married to her, I saw firsthand how many hours of dedication, hard work, and imagination it took to pull off this amazing transformation that was accomplished without breaking the bank account.

The whole process started on a Sunday evening a thousand miles away from Topsail. We had just started looking at properties on the island the week before while there for our annual vacation. We considered homes on the beach, close to the beach, and condos. Since we lived so far away at that time, a condo seemed to be the best option.

After spending a considerable amount of time that week looking at different properties, we left empty handed on a Saturday but with a full tank of aspirations to get ourselves a second home on Topsail Island. Our opportunity came the very next day with a call about a condo that we might be interest in. If your preference is good first impressions, this wasn’t it. But it’s a good thing my wife can see beyond appearances. Instead, she focused on its potential.

The before and after of the main living room.

We ended up buying it and two months later went to the closing, got the keys, and opened the door to see it in person for the first time. It was even pinker than it appeared in the photos. I felt my energy begin to drain as we toured room to room while taking a mental inventory of upgrades, paying attention to my wife’s voice energetically detailing her ideas, and remembering to keep a smile on my face.

One room was yellow. Another blue. Some had wallpaper. One floor was linoleum tile, another covered in faded carpet. And the curtains—brown, green, gold, and heavy as they hid the panoramic views of the beach from the north to the south. At least the microwave and dishwasher were new, though one was white and other brushed silver.

The before and after of the kitchen.

That same day we went and purchased paint. A lot of it. I had no idea the price of paint had gone up at the same rate as the cost per barrel of the world’s supply of oil and gasoline that happened to be at market highs.

Then we proceeded to remove wallpaper, prime, paint, fix, rip up floors, counters, cabinets, and update every square inch for the next 127 straight hours before taking a nap, then repeat.

That became the pattern over a handful of months until the day came when it was completely finished. We finally had our own place on Topsail Island! Once refurbished, even the old picnic table became a feature piece of furniture in the dining room surrounded by ocean on the other side of the windows.

The before and after of the dining area.

My wife documented our (her) work and recently shared it as a post on HGTV’s Facebook page. Twenty-four hours later it had reached over 4.5 thousand likes and several hundred comments from people all over the country complimenting or asking questions about materials or methods she used as she turned this condo fixer upper into a Topsail treasure.

The fixer upper completed!

We’ve since relocated and moved full time to Topsail in our home on the mainland side of the intercoastal. But the condo is our special place for family, friends, making memories and enjoying the beach. And apparently many others like it, too. Who would have ever thought that our condo would go viral? Not me.

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Helping Children in Onslow County and Topsail Island Communities

Here at Treasure Realty, we like to bring attention to generosity when we see it happening. The giving of time, talent, and treasure makes the world a better place. Jones-Onslow EMC is a company doing that here on the treasure coast of Topsail Island.

This week’s guest blogger is Steve Goodson, the VP of Energy Services with JOEMC writing about their partnership with United Way’s CHEW Program for National Co-op Month.

There’s More to October Around Topsail Than Holloween!

When you think of October—pumpkins, Halloween and beautiful fall foliage naturally come to mind. But October is notable for another reason. It’s National Co-op Month! This is the time of year when cooperatives across the country, including Jones-Onslow EMC, celebrate who we are and more importantly, the members we serve.

 Cooperatives are different than other types of businesses. When the market declines to offer a product or service, or does so at a very high price, co-ops intervene to fill the need.

Similar to how JOEMC was built by members who came together to bring electricity to our community, cooperatives are conveners for the common good. Your electric co-op exists to provide safe, reliable and affordable energy to you, the members of the co-op. Equally important is our mission to enrich the lives of the members we serve.

We’re committed to helping make our communities a better place to live, work, and raise families by working with various organizations through economic development projects, civic functions, and community-betterment initiatives. At JOEMC, we do more than supply power.

Because we’re local and owned by you, (our members), building communities is core to our mission. That’s why we invest in programs and opportunities that leave a lasting impression on the people that live here. As part of Co-op Month we’re celebrating by putting into action one of the seven Cooperative Principals … Concern for Community.

This month, employees will be participating in the United Way of Onslow County’s CHEW Program by stuffing backpacks for community children to take home over the weekend. YOU can get involved, help, and show YOUR Concern for Community too!

All month long, we’re collecting food items for the CHEW Program at our offices in Jacksonville and Sneads Ferry. Click here to see the food items that we need.

Whether you live here, vacation, or travel through the Greater Topsail Island area, you encounter coastal treasures. Treasure Realty helps you find your treasure home or vacation rental. We also enjoy sharing our area’s coastal treasures.

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Topsail Island’s 31st Annual Autumn with Topsail Festival

This week our guest blogger from the Treasure Realty Treasure Coast is Rick Stidley, Chairman of the 31st Autumn with Topsail Festival.

“Celebrating Fall on Topsail with Art, Music, Food and More”

For the 31st year in a row, art and beach music lovers will gather in Topsail Beach, North Carolina at the Autumn with Topsail Festival. Autumn with Topsail takes place, rain or shine, from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. on October 19th and 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on October 20th on the grounds of the Historic Assembly Building, 720 Channel Boulevard, Topsail Beach. Admission is $6 for adults, or $10 for an adult two-day pass. Children age 12 and under and active-duty military with an ID are free.

Proceeds from the festival go to the Historical Society of Topsail Island, a volunteer non-profit organization which owns and operates the Assembly Building and Missiles and More Museum and support its mission is to collect, preserve, and promote the history of the Greater Topsail Area.

This year’s juried art festival will feature arts and crafts from a variety of categories including oils, acrylic, charcoal, photography, ceramics, glass, metal, pottery, wood working, leather, fiber, wool, musical instruments, jewelry and much more. The most vendors ever! Good food, live music, a beer and wine tent and lots of activities for children will also be available, but the focus is on the art.

Live bands will perform both afternoons at the festival. Starting at noon Saturday, The Carolina Band will take the stage, followed at 5:00 p.m. by the North Tower Band. The next day, The Band of Oz will be playing from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

In addition to the art, there is a food court that will have a large selection of food cooked on festival grounds. Snacks and sweets will be available alongside traditional southern food and ethnic options. There will be a wine and beer tent and plenty of tables and chairs for diners to relax.

In the Assembly Building, there will be children’s crafts to include painted friendship rocks, pirate eye patches, mermaid tiaras, seashell critters and designing beaded anklets, necklaces and bracelets.

The Assembly Building houses the Missiles and More Museum, which will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. during the festival. The museum houses exhibits including Operation Bumblebee, Women’s Airforce Service Pilots, Pirates of the Carolinas, Camp Davis, Native American Indian artifacts and much more.

For additional information visit www.autumnwithtopsail.com or the HSTI website at http://topsailhistoricalsociety.org/

Whether you live here, vacation, or travel through the Greater Topsail Island area, you encounter coastal treasures. Treasure Realty helps you find your treasure home or vacation rental. We also enjoy sharing our area’s coastal treasures. 

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Time, Talent, and Treasures on the Topsail Island Treasure Coast

This week’s Blog from the Treasure Realty Treasure Coast is from guest blogger Scott Wheeler of SFI Insurance Group about the value of giving back, doing good, and their upcoming annual Community Tent Event that provides fun while raising funds for worthy local causes.

“A Community Tent Event on the Topsail Island Treasure Coast”

Michelle and I have always been involved in numerous organizations and activities to help our local folks around Topsail Island. We do the same with our company and the team that works with us because we believe in the idea of leaving a place better than you found it. 

To help do our part as a business, for the past few years (except 2018 when Hurricane Florence came through) we have hosted a community tent party fundraiser at our Surf City location raising over $25,000 for Cancer related charities from this single annual event.  In 2017, we raised over $10,000 and donated the proceeds to the Cape Fear Chapter of Pink Heals. 

This event is near and dear to our hearts.  This year’s event is our tenth one taking place on October 11th and it’s open to the community.  It will be a scholarship fundraiser for children of families affected by cancer in the local area.  This is a new venture and our first scholarship will be awarded for the August 2020 semester.

Michelle and I have always tried to live up to that philosophy of leaving a place better than we found it.  For instance, during a vacation to Belize, we ran into a school that needed some repairs.  So we teamed up with the owner of the hotel we were staying in and together we worked to making the completion of a new school building a reality.  The next year when we returned, we saw a completed school building with 5 new classrooms and stocked them with school supplies for that year.

It is amazing what can happen when you care, get involved, and share your time, talent, or treasure.

Whether you live here, vacation, or travel through the Greater Topsail Island area, you encounter coastal treasures.

Treasure Realty helps you find your treasure home or vacation rental. We also enjoy sharing our area’s coastal treasures.  

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Hurricane Dorian Leaves Our Topsail Island Treasures

For the past week the world watched Hurricane Dorian do a devastating dance with the Bahamas before flirting ferociously with Florida, then brushing uncomfortably up against our Topsail Island and attempting to take some of our northern Carolina coastal treasures. Fortunately, Dorian is gone and most of our treasures are still here.

Treasure Realty is the trusted local expert at helping people find their treasure whether that be a vacation rental or buying or selling a home on Topsail Island, along one of our beaches, or in one of the many beautiful communities that surround the island and mainland areas for almost three decades now.

Next year is the company’s 30th. Over the years it has experienced numerous weather events, many of them on historic levels like Hurricane Florence that hit our beaches just last year. Dorian arrived just one week shy of the one year mark. Though Flo tried to take away some of our treasures, Dorian didn’t. In fact, Topsail Island, the beaches, and businesses were able to reopen, and vacationers welcomed only one day after this storm moved up the coast and out to sea.

We got lucky. Many of our neighbors to the south and north were not. Our hearts, thoughts, and prayers go out to the Bahamas. We feel the pain of those who were adversely affected by Hurricane Dorian.

We are grateful that our Topsail Treasures are still here, and we are ready to keep helping our customers find and experience theirs.

By Scott Franko, Marketing Director at Treasure Realty, Inc.

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Topsail Island Coastal Treasures with Onslow County’s Ellis Airport

Whether you live here, vacation, or travel through the Greater Topsail Island area, you encounter coastal treasures. Treasure Realty helps you find your treasure home or vacation rental. We also enjoy sharing our coastal treasures.

This week’s Blog from the Treasure Coast comes from guest blogger Mitch Sprunger, Deputy Director of the Albert J. Ellis Airport in Jacksonville of Onslow County, North Carolina.

“Greeting Our Guests with Hospitality and a Wag”

I make it a point during the craziness of a typical work day at Albert J. Ellis Airport to get out of the office and look at the terminal building and say hello to some tenants and customers. After grabbing a snack upstairs, I went down the escalator and was greeted by the wagging tail of a good friend.

This was Cody, the USO’s retired service lab who meets guests with affection and a sniff. I then said hello to his owner Mr. Smith, a proud veteran and volunteer who spreads cheer among the travelers and military members. The two Marines in front of me, one from Ohio and the other from California, laughed and enjoyed some R&R before their journey out west.

I’ve worked at several airports in my young career, but working here is the most collaborative atmosphere, where the users and tenants embrace and appreciate the travelling military members. If you haven’t already, I’d encourage you to come experience the hospitality of flying local at OAJ. You’ll save money, time and experience all the conveniences of the larger facilities without the hassle.

On top of that, you may get greeted by a lab in the terminal.

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Ocean City Jazz Festival on North Topsail Beach

A Jazz Party with a Higher Purpose

By Guest Blogger Laura Oxley, Town Clerk, Town of North Topsail Beach

In North Topsail Beach, we are home to a special piece of history. Founded in 1949, 15 years prior to the Civil Rights Act, the Ocean City community was the only place African Americans could purchase coastal property in North Carolina.

To honor this unique community on its 60th anniversary, a jazz saxophonist and his accompanist provided entertainment on the porch of the Ocean City community center. This simple concert set into motion a beloved summer tradition.

This past July, the festival celebrated its 10th anniversary. With nearly a dozen performances and approximately 2,500 people in attendance, it is safe to say the festival has quite a following.

North Topsail Beach is pleased that so many people are dedicated to preserving this piece of history. If you missed the Ocean City Jazz Festival this year, put it on your calendar for next year’s July 4th weekend of 2020. You don’t want to miss this jazz party with a higher purpose. There’s nothing else like it!

Visit online at

http://oceancitync.com and https://oceancityjazzfest.com

Historic Ocean City Beach, is located on Topsail Island in the North Topsail Beach community of Onslow County in what is known as the sunshine belt. It is the perfect place for a family vacation or to enjoy the beach.

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Coastal Wing and Spirits Co. – Surf City’s Newest Restaurant Surprise!

Travis Stafford, along with Jim and his wife, Eva Dobrowski are more than just friends. They are neighbors, business partners and owners of the brand new Coastal Wing and Spirits Company in Surf City. 

It had always been Travis’ dream to own and operate a successful restaurant business.  Seven years ago, the Boone, N.C. resident moved to the Topsail Island area with a hospitality management degree from East Carolina University and a desire to put his education to the test. A few years later, Jim and Eva Dobrowski, New Jersey (via Chicago) transplants moved into the neighborhood. A friendship was born and before long a business partnership was forged. The rest is history!

The dream started becoming a reality when the partners opened Hopsail Island Taproom and Beer Market, a full service bottle shop in Surf City, offering twenty- four rotating taps with beer and wine. Now in its third year, Hopsail Taproom is a favorite spot for locals and vacationers to unwind while listening to good, local musicians. It’s also a great place to fill up the cooler with favorite beverages before heading to the beach.

Although Hopsail was a success, the partners decided to open a restaurant in Surf City too, just because the area needed another good place to eat. In mid April of this year, Coastal Wing and Spirits Co. opened to great reviews. 

As its name suggests, Coastal Wing and Spirits Co. is all about the wings and spirits. With multiple sauce options for the wings, twelve beers on tap, cold bottles and canned beers, distinctive craft cocktails and handcrafted sodas to choose from, it’s easy to see how this restaurant is a family pleaser. Yet, if you are thinking Coastal Wing and Spirit Co. is just another wing joint, well, you’d be mistaken!

Jesse Lowman, Coastal Wing and Spirits Company’s chef is a culinary graduate from Paul Smith’s College in New York and is dedicated to making fresh, locally sourced dishes with a Southern flair. The menu features fresh, smoked meats and gourmet dishes, along with some of your favorite fried finger foods.  The sauces and dressings are made fresh daily as well as the pimento cheese, which Chef Jesse uses in some dishes as a dip or garnish! (Beware, it’s addictive!) The salad choices are beautiful, tasty and huge!

From the appetizers (Starters) to the House Specialties, Chef Jesse magically produces dishes that taste like Southern comfort on a plate! Bring your appetite! All of Coastal Wing and Spirits Company food portions are generous and hearty! 

Another draw to Surf City’s newest restaurant is that it’s also a sports bar!

If you are out to watch your team in action, there are nine big screen TVs featuring premium football and sports packages. The casual atmosphere encourages you to root for your favorite team while having a great meal and enjoying your favorite beverage.

After meeting Travis, Jim and Eva, you may get the feeling that the vision for this restaurant came together for these friends and neighbors around backyard barbeques and family suppers. A little bit of dreaming + a flair for fine cooking + a couple great beers = one fantastic restaurant!

Coastal Wing and Spirits Co. offers great “to go” options, including delivery!  Come in or place your order online. They even cater for all of your event or party needs.

108 Triton Lane

Surf City, 28445

910-803-0324

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Topsail Island Fourth of July Celebrations 2019

HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY EVERYONE!

It’s that time of year again folks! Sure, it’s hot as the blazes outside but that doesn’t deter our determination to celebrate our nation, the good, ol’ USA!  Everywhere, Old Glory is waving proudly and American is gearing up her annual Celebration. On Topsail Island the big question is “Where’s the party and the fireworks?”

If you live or are vacationing in the Topsail Island area this year, you are in luck! We have several celebrations from which to choose. So grab the family and head out to one of our great local parks and make this a Fourth to remember. Stay safe and have fun! 

Surf City Independence Day Celebration

SURF CITY, JULY 3 The town of Surf City’s Independence Day Celebration will be held on Wednesday, July 3 at Soundside Park. A concert featuring Johnny White & The Elite Band will kick festivities off at 5:30 p.m. and a fireworks display will begin at 9 p.m. Bring your chair or blanket, no coolers or alcoholic beverages will be allowed. For more information call 910-328-4131.   Facebook Page   

HOLLY RIDGE LIBERTY FESTIVAL, JULY 4

Enjoy firework festivities twice! One on Topsail Island, July 3 at Soundside Park and two, at Holly Ridge Liberty Festival, July 4, on the mainland!    Facebook Page

Ocean City Jazz Fest Kicks Off on July 4th

July 4-7 beginning at 5pm. Celebrating its tenth year, the Ocean City Jazz Festival is held in historic Ocean City in North Topsail Beach. Gates open at 4pm. Advance ticket prices are $50-$60 for one day or $160 for all three days. Tickets at the gate increase by $5. Event details here.

Surf City Pier Kids Fishing Tournament on July 4th

The Surf City Pier opens for a free day of fishing for youngsters age 16 and under in a fun, educational and safe environment. You must pre-register for this event. Call 910-328-3521 for more details.

36th ANNUAL ONSLOW COUNTY FREEDOM FESTIVAL, JACKSONVILLE, NC

FreedomFest_2019 flyer

Tips for a Great Fourth at the Freedom Festival

  • Arrive early
  • Coolers welcome, no glass containers
  • Grill is allowed  in the tree area between the festival area and the little league ballfield/concession area
  • A misting tent is located beside the information stand (bathrooms)
  • First aid station located at the entrance to the festival area (at Onslow Pines Rd entrance)
  • Lost children and lost and found located at the information booth
  • Restrooms-located at the information booth, concession stand by the ballfields, and portable toilets throughout the festival area
  • Our parks are pet-friendly, but for this event, dogs are not allowed
  • Alcohol is not permitted

WILMINGTON, NC FOURTH OF JULY CELEBRATIONS

Fireworks over the City on Fourth of July in Wilmington

CITY OF WILMINGTON FOURTH OF JULY CELEBRATION

Downtown Wilmington Waterfront Park

Thursday, July 4; 6 to 10 p.m.

Watch a spectacular fireworks show over the Cape Fear River at the City of Wilmington’s Fourth of July Celebration. Come early for several dining options and stay after the fireworks for vibrant nightlife and all that historic downtown Wilmington has to offer.

4x3 general fireworks

RED, WHITE & BLUEGRASS: A 4TH OF JULY FIREWORKS CELEBRATION

Pier 33 Entertainment Venue

Thursday, July 4; 6:30 to 10 p.m.Celebrate Independence Day on the Riverfront with live music from newgrass band, Massive Grass, on the Pier 33 stage. Marina Grill will provide barbeque, sides, drinks and more for purchase. Watch the stunning fireworks show over the river in one of the best locations to do so.


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