Wilmington Symphony Orchestra to headline festivities, fireworks set for 9:05 p.m.
The City of Wilmington invites residents and visitors to the annual July Fourth celebration, hosted at Live Oak Bank Pavilion at Riverfront Park, to enjoy live music, entertainment, food, fireworks, and more on Tuesday, July 4. This is FREE event and no tickets are required. Food and beverages (soft drinks, beer and wine) will be available to purchase.
This year’s event, Wilmington Pops 4th of July Celebration!, will again feature the Wilmington Symphony Orchestra (WSO). The program includes patriotic favorites, classical selections, and current pop songs. WSO musicians, will perform throughout the event. The WSO will be led by guest Conductor Dominic Talanca, UNCW Faculty member.
“Even though we are only in our second year, it is a performance unlike any other. What a great experience for our orchestra to look out to see the largest crowd that they have performed for in Wilmington and a wonderful chance to be the center of attention for a celebration that means so much to so many in our community. We are so proud to be the newest part of the city’s festivities,” Wilmington Symphony Orchestra Executive Director Liz Scanlon said.
Fireworks will take place in downtown Wilmington beginning at 9:05 p.m. Fireworks will be shot from a barge located at the convergence of the Cape Fear & Northeast Cape Fear Rivers, just north of the USS Battleship North Carolina, and will be viewable along the downtown riverfront.
Images from last year’s celebration.
“Year after year, Wilmington residents and visitors rightfully flock to downtown on July 4th to celebrate Independence Day with a fabulous fireworks show over the river. The addition of Riverfront Park two years ago and our partnership with the Wilmington Symphony Orchestra last year have enhanced the experience. 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,” said Mayor Bill Saffo.
The 4th of July Celebration is free and open to the public. Funding for the event is made possible by the City of Wilmington, New Hanover County, and Wilmington Symphony Orchestra. Cumulus Media is the event’s media sponsor.
5:00 p.m. – Gates Open
5:00 p.m. – 6:30 pm – Music provided by Cumulus Media
6:30 p.m. – Rukus (musical entertainment)
7:30 p.m. – Wilmington Symphony Orchestra
9:05 p.m. – Fireworks will take place at 9:05 pm
About the Symphony:
The Wilmington Symphony Orchestra provides symphonic music at the highest degree of excellence through performance opportunities for regional musicians and educational programs for our community’s youth. For information about WSO, Inc., visit www.wilmingtonsymphony.org.
- Fireworks are best viewed along the Riverwalk.
- No outside food or drink
- This is cashless event. Food and beverage sales only accept debit, credit or mobile pay (Apple Pay or Google Pay)
- Public may bring beach chairs (with legs no longer than 9 inches) or blankets
- No animals allowed inside the venue with the exception of registered, working service animals.
For more information visit www.wilmingtonnc.gov/july4th or call 910.772.4177.