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Ring in the official start of summer with some great Wilmington, NC Memorial Day events! We think you’ll find something fun to do in our Ultimate Guide to celebrating Memorial Day in Wilmington.

If you’d like to leave some cares behind, call Event Shuttle Service to book luxury transportation for Memorial Day. You’ll have no worries about driving or parking, which adds to the fun. Our Party Sprinters and VIP Jet Sprinters carry up to 12 people, and we even stock the cooler with your favorite beverages to get you off to a good start.

Call (910) 398-8333 or request a quote online for your Memorial Day weekend transportation!

Memorial Day at the Battleship North Carolina Honors Veterans

5:45 p.m. May 30, 2016

Gather on the deck of the Battleship in Wilmington, NC to pay your respects this Memorial Day. A ceremony includes military and patriotic musical arrangements, a military guest speaker, an all-service color guard, a 21-gun salute, and a memorial wreath cast onto the water. Free.

Run for Film This Memorial Day

10 a.m. May 28, 2016

Run to celebrate the movie industry in Wilmington! The Independent Film 5K at Greenfield Lake Park in Wilmington, NC, brings awareness and a good workout.

Come Downtown for Some Memorial Day Art

10 a.m. – 6 p.m. May 28 and 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. May 29, 2016

The annual Orange Street ArtsFest next to the Hannah Block Historic USO/Community Arts Center in downtown Wilmington, NC is the largest arts festival in the Port City, featuring more than 80 artists.

Memorial Day Weekend is Big at Bald Head Island

May 27 – 30, 2016

Bald Head Island hosts a great Memorial Day Weekend party to officially kick off summer, with parties, kids’ activities and a host of island-wide events. Standup paddleboarding excursions, kayak trips, surf lessons, hikes, and island nature tours, plus kids’ activities, a Turtle Trot 5k and art exhibit make the island fun all through Memorial Day weekend. Don’t miss the Memorial Weekend Red, White & Blue Cookout at the Bald Head Island Club.

See Fireworks, a Band, or a Movie at Carolina Beach this Memorial Day Weekend

Friday, May 24, 2016

Kick off Memorial Day weekend with free fireworks and live music by the sea. Music by country rockers Drew Smith Band begins at 6:30 p.m. at the gazebo on the Carolina Beach Boardwalk. Fireworks begin at 9 p.m.

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Bring your chairs to Carolina Beach for a free movie by the lake with the family. Carry in snacks and beverages too. Showing this Memorial Day weekend: Minions.

Watch Peter Frampton Come Alive on Memorial Day

7 p.m. May 30, 2016

Get old school at Greenfield Lake Amphitheater in Wilmington, NC. this Memorial Day. Peter Frampton is one of the most celebrated guitarists in rock history, and his album Frampton Comes Alive!, is one of the top-selling live records of all time.

Listen to Some Homegrown Music, Too

May 27-29, 2016

The Carolina Pine Music Festival in Wilmington, NC is three days of music at three venues: the Brooklyn Arts Center, Satellite Bar & Lounge, and The Art Factory. Check the lineup for your faves.

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