Posted on 6/28/2017

How to Have the Best 4th of July on Topsail

How to Have the Best 4th of July on Topsail

Have you been wondering what the Fourth of July holiday is like on Topsail Island, North Carolina? Good news! This post is just for you. We're spotlighting the best of what the Topsail beaches and towns have planned for Independence Day and how you can celebrate with us. July 4th events, happenings, and suggestions included. If you can't be here this year, then start planning now for next summer. 
Here's how to have the best Topsail Island 4th of July. Will we be seeing you this Independence Day?



Make yourself at home in your Topsail beach vacation rental.

Your vacation really starts when you walk into your Topsail vacation rental. Of course you'll want to make the most of your rental amenities. That's what they're there for. Whether you are enjoying the ocean views from your deck, taking a cool dip in the pool, soaking in the hot tub, or just relaxing in the air-conditioned bliss of your beach oasis—it's easy to feel right at home. Be sure to take full advantage of the comforts of home and the luxuries of a vacation all rolled into one place. Your Topsail rental! Experience the personalization and customization you deserve in your vacation accommodations. That's what makes vacation rentals better than a hotel or motel stay any day. 


Enjoy the local bounty of fresh seafood.

Topsail Island is famous for its boat-to-table seafood. No matter whether you catch it yourself or buy it locally at the fish market or seafood counter, you'll savor every taste of Topsail you experience while here. Get to know your fabulous vacation rental kitchen better by preparing a gourmet holiday meal using the finest and freshest local ingredients to accompany the catch of the day. Or go out on the town and dine at your favorite Topsail restaurants. Or better yet, do both.

If you missed our previous posts on What You Need to Know About Fresh Seafood and 5 of the Healthiest Ways to Cook Fresh Fish, be sure to catch up here. We think you'l find them helpful. If you need any other local recommendations, feel free to ask. 



Watch the fireworks.

Get your Fourth of July festivities started right by kicking off the holiday in Surf City at the Independence Day Celebration at Soundside Park on Monday evening, July 3, 2017. The festivities begin at 7p.m. and include live music, children's activities, delicious food—and a little red, white and blue fun for everyone. The Topsail Island fireworks happen that evening at dark to start your Independence Day holiday off with a bang.


For your reference, we've also included the North Carolina Fireworks rules and regulations below. We want everyone to have a safe, fun and festive Fourth of July. The fireworks law in North Carolina is a zero-tolerance law prohibiting everything except display fireworks and consumer fireworks such as sparklers, shower fountains, and novelty fireworks that do not explode (such as snaps and pops and glow worms).

Illegal items include:



  • Firecrackers
  • Ground spinners
  • Roman candles
  • Bottle rockets
  • Mortars
  • Any pyrotechnic that is intended to spin, leave the ground or fly through the air.



Pet-Friendly Fourth of July 

It's also important to remember that dogs do not always find fireworks as enjoyable as humans. In fact, many pet owners find this holiday a difficult one. Dogs can be frightened by the loud noise and celebratory excitement, which sometimes leads to them wandering off or trying to escape the loud noises by bolting. 
Here are a few suggestions to ensure a dog-friendly July 4th holiday and tips on how to provide a safe haven in your pet-friendly Topsail rental:

  • Make sure your dog gets plenty of exercise earlier in the day.
  • Keep your dogs inside during fireworks, preferably with human companionship. (Bringing your dogs to a fireworks display is never a good idea.)
  • Provide a safe place inside for your dogs to retreat. When scared of sounds they can’t orient, dogs often prefer small enclosed areas. If your dog is comfortable in a crate, that is a good option.
  • If possible, keep the windows and curtains closed. Covering the crate or lowering the blinds can also be helpful. Removing visual stimulation can also help calm dogs.
  • Make sure all your dogs are wearing ID tags with a properly fitting collar. Dogs have been known to become Houdini around the 4th of July.
  • Leave your dog something fun to do like a special treat or a new toy. 


Celebrate Independence Day in a new way. 

How about adding a little extra excitement to your holiday? Topsail Island is the perfect place to cross off a bucket list item or to try something you've never done before. Parasailing? A surf lesson? Stand-up paddleboarding? Helicopter tour? Deep sea fishing? There are plenty of Topsail adventures to choose from. If you'd like some additional inspiration to get outside enjoy all the island has to offer, read our previous post on The Best Ways to Explore the Great Outdoors on Topsail Island

You may also want to consider starting a Fourth of July family tradition on Topsail Island. Make your annual pilgrimage to the island and look forward to spending your Independence Day holiday on the beautiful barrier island beaches each and every year. What a great way to celebrate!


Get your fill of sun, sand and surf. 

Find your favorite spot on the sand and do what you love. Go shelling. Read a book. Go fishing. Take a nap. Go surfing. Load up on Vitamin D and Vitamin Sea. Catch a Topsail sunrise and sunset. Do absolutely nothing at all. Life is a beach on Topsail Island and you're on island time, so do as you please. That's what vacation is all about!

Topsail Island also offers some of the best ways to beat the summer heat. If you find yourself needing some cool down time, give those suggestions a try. 


Count down the days until your next Topsail beach vacation. 

If you find yourself saddened by the end of your Topsail beach vacation, don't be! It just means that it's time to start planning your next trip to Topsail Island, NC. Go ahead and book your Topsail vacation rental now for 2018, and then all that's left to do is start counting down the days until you're back on the beach with your toes in the sand and a drink in your hand. 

Let Ward Realty know how we can help! We're here to help you have the best beach vacation ever on Topsail Island.  

How are you spending the Fourth of July holiday? Have a safe, fun and fabulous Independence Day! 

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