The Carolina Beach Fourth of July fun will last all day, from sun-up until sundown! Spend the holiday week with us and enjoy the sunshine, ocean breezes, and special events that make Carolina Beach THE place to be on July 4th. We have some great suggestions for restaurants, activities, and fantastic vacation rentals to enjoy this summer.

Fourth of July Events in Carolina Beach

The party starts early on July 1st at the Independence Day Fireworks by the Sea & Boardwalk Blast. You’ll want to arrive early to secure your spot on the beach near the Carolina Beach Boardwalk to watch the fireworks. Enjoy the ocean and bring a picnic (or takeout) dinner while waiting for the show to start. Live music at the Gazebo Stage usually begins around 6:30 p.m.

Spend the Fourth of July in the nearby port city of Wilmington and watch a fantastic fireworks display! Just a short drive from Carolina Beach, you can enjoy live music and the Wilmington Symphony Orchestra, shop and dine in historic downtown, and then celebrate Independence Day riverside by watching the fireworks display. The show will begin after dark, and the Riverwalk is a great vantage point to see fireworks shot off a barge in the Cape Fear River near the battleship North Carolina. As with all outdoor celebrations, we suggest that you check for last-minute information about parking, traffic, and event updates.

Great Carolina Beach Restaurants For Inside or Outside Dining

No trip to Pleasure Island is complete without dining on fresh seafood! Enjoy a cocktail and choose indoor or outdoor seating at your choice of well-known Carolina Beach restaurants.

Michael’s Seafood is both a local and visitor favorite. Famous for their specials, pasta, and fantastic seafood, there is something for everyone on their menu. You might want to stop twice at this restaurant and try several dishes on their menu.

The Hang Ten Grill overlooks Carolina Beach Lake Park and is open for lunch and dinner, and weekend breakfast. They have a fun menu (think “pub fare with a coastal twist”), with burgers, sandwiches, greens, starters, seafood, and even all-day breakfast items. Whatever your mood, they have you covered.

You can’t beat the Shuckin’ Shack Oyster Bar for simple shellfish dishes. Escape the summer heat with a cold drink and cool appetizers at this popular spot.

Havana’s offers a “Polished Casual” experience, with a distinctive atmosphere including local art and area photographs. The Caribbean and Cajun-inspired dishes bring guests back time and time again. After dinner, you can stroll to the Carolina Beach Boardwalk just a few blocks away.

Carolina Beach Summer Vacation Rentals

Summer weeks are booking fast, and we’re happy to suggest some of our best available rentals for your Fourth of July Carolina Beach vacation. Check out these featured properties!L

Backyard - Namaste at the Beach

Namaste at the Beach is an oceanside oasis that will make you say, “Imma stay” here forever! The summer views from the top level are great, but you will also love the features inside this home. The open floor plan and fantastic kitchen are perfect for enjoying big family meals. After dinner – hang out in the backyard when the sun goes down!

Southpark by the Sea

Welcome to Southpark by the Sea! If watching the sunrise is in your plan, you will be thrilled to have an easy 50-yard walk to the ocean. This home away from home has two decks for enjoying morning coffee or a cocktail in the evening after a fun day at the beach. Here, you are just steps from watching the boats depart and arrive at the dock with their fresh catch of the day. This home has all the amenities for a comfortable stay at the beach and is within walking distance of the Carolina Beach boardwalk, downtown activities, and restaurants. Ideally located, you won’t even need a car once you arrive! 


Pet-friendly Aquaholic is an excellent choice if you want to bring your pup to the beach. Convenient beach access is just one reason guests love this property. The cozy, coastal décor will make you feel right at home, and the outdoor living area is a unique place to hang out. Book now and start a new vacation tradition at this beautiful beach home. You will be glad you did!

Plan Your Fourth of July Getaway

There is still time to plan the perfect summer getaway to Pleasure Island. We’re experts at helping our guests find the most amazing vacation rentals! Book your stay with Carolina Beach Realty and choose one of our homes along Kure Beach and Carolina Beach. We offer a large selection of accommodations, including oceanfront rentalshomes with a private pool, and pet-friendly vacations.

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