On Saturday at 6pm you will see a short volley of fireworks that will signal the start of the famous boat parade. There is no official location to watch the parade, but you can park in the Wrightsville Beach park parking lot and walk to any number of vantage points along the parade route, including the Banks Channel Bridge, the two South Harbor Island mini-parks, or the west side of Waynick Boulevard. The parade judges are located at our Host Sponsor the Blockade Runner Beach Resort. We have an exclusive accommodations package that includes viewing of the boat parade.
For more information on the parade route, even locations, or parking, please use the interactive map below. Click on the icons for more details. The flags are suggested viewing areas, the “P” represents public parking lots, the Festival in the Park location is highlighted, as is the full parade route and fireworks location.