5 Places to Celebrate the 4th of July in Onslow!

Happy 4th of July, Y’all!  Onslow County is a great place to celebrate America’s 243rd Independence Day!  We’re excited about the events, fireworks, and festivals that are guaranteed to be a fun time for everyone.  If you still haven’t made your 4th of July plans, check out Onslow’s line-up!


Ocean City Jazz Festival 

Returning to North Topsail Beach is the 10th Annual Ocean City Jazz Festival, held on Thursday, July 4th through Sunday, July 7th, ending with a gospel brunch.  Join in the Ocean City Jazz Festival’s mission to promote the legacy of the Ocean City Community and jazz music as an American art form.  The festival starts with a Kick-Off Party highlighted by a beer and wine tasting on the evening of Thursday, July 4th, followed by yoga and paddling on both Friday and Saturday mornings.  The evenings will feature top names in jazz all performing under a pavilion tent. In addition to great music, enjoy the delicious food vendors and cold beverages. Listen to some great sounds while enjoying the coastal breezes at North Topsail Beach!  Musical performances are rain or shine.   For more information about the festival, to find out how to purchase tickets and to learn about travel packages and group rates, visit their website. http://www.oceancityjazzfest.com/


Freedom Festival at Onslow Pines Park

Onslow County Parks and Recreation will celebrate its 36th Annual Freedom Festival on July 4th, 2019 from 2 to 9 p.m. Come out for a day of fun activities for children, listen to music on two stages, browse and shop vendor booths, and enjoy tasty treats from a variety of food vendors. Featured artists include local county artist, Bryan Mayer, beach favorites with The Carousels, and acoustic duo Wild Honey. Beach music artists, North Tower Band taking the main stage at 5 p.m. The event will culminate with the much-anticipated fireworks at 9 p.m.  For more information, please contact Onslow County Parks and Recreation at 910-347-5332 or visit their website at www.onslowcounty.gov/parks.


Swansboro’s 4th of July Celebration

Come stroll the Historic Downtown Swansboro waterfront for the July 4th Celebration. Enjoy the sounds and celebration as we honor Independence Day on July 4th from 6 -10 p.m. There will be live music with The Tams at the Harry C Pugliese “Pug” Pavilion. Food vendors will be along Front Street in preparation for the festivities.  A family-fun evening is in store!

Keep your eyes peeled for street closures starting at 3 p.m. Front Street, Main Street and Church Street (up to Elm Street)  will be closed to vehicular traffic.  Water Street will be closed from Moore Street to Broad Street. In addition to street closures, all public docks will be closed to pedestrian traffic. Please note that there will be no fireworks as they are going to happen in October at this year’s Swansboro Mullet Festival.


4th of July Celebration at Camp Lejeune

Celebrating America’s birthday is a longstanding tradition aboard Camp Lejeune! This year’s event will once again feature the area’s most breathtaking fireworks display, kicked off with some fantastic musical entertainment by one of our own, Mike Corrado! He and his band will set the tone for the big show.

Plan on enjoying the beach before the event? A variety of food and beverage vendors will be on site opening at noon for early beachgoers. The Onslow Beach Marine Mart will also be open 9 AM-9 PM for other items you may need.

This year’s event will be open to DoD Cardholders and their guests only. Base access will not be provided to unsponsored guests for the event. Parking is a challenge there; we ask that attendees minimize their footprint and carpool with their family and friends. There will be a shuttle to get you closer to the festivities. In case of inclement weather on July 4, the event, including the fireworks, will not be rescheduled.

For full details about the Camp Lejeune July 4th Celebration, visit their website at  www.mccslejeune-newriver.com/july4.


Liberty Festival in Holly Ridge

Celebrate at Holly Ridge’s annual July 4th Liberty Fountain Festival with vendors, food trucks and a huge display of fireworks that begin at dark.
Come wish America a Happy Birthday right here in Onslow County, where beauty and pride come together, at one (or all) of these exciting celebrations.  We look forward to seeing you!

Onslow County Tourism

Onslow County Tourism

As one of North Carolina’s oldest counties, Onslow County reflects a rich and varied history.  It’s also the proud home of the Marines of Camp Lejeune, New River Air Station, Camp Johnson and Camp Geiger.

The county has been graced with an extraordinary natural beauty: over 30 miles of wide, unspoiled beaches, waters teeming with an abundance of marine life, forests filled with wildlife, and rich farmland to harvest.

Today, you can explore everything from military and historic monuments to beautiful waterways and beaches to friendly spots to eat and play.