July 4th at the Beach – through the years.

From  the Bill Reaves –  Federal Point Files

July 4, 1873
The 4th of July holiday was celebrated by a group of 15 gentlemen who went down the river on the steam tugboat JAMES T. EASTON to Federal Point.  They celebrated the 4th by raising a large flag and listening to an oration by A. T. London, Esq.  Some of the officers and soldiers from the garrison at Smithville were present and the occasion was hugely enjoyed.  While there, the group visited the New Inlet Dam or as we call the Rocks, and inspected them with Henry Nutt, who was chairman in charge of the work.  (Wilm.Weekly Star, 7-11-1873)

July 4, 1928    
A big celebration was held at Carolina Beach to celebrate the holiday.  The program of events was as follows:

11 to 12:30 – Free music and dancing in Danceland Pavilion.
3 to 5:30 – Dancing
5 – Fishing Boat Races in the Ocean
5:30 – Swimming Races and Athletics
8:40 – Dancing in Danceland
9:30 – Grand Fireworks Display
10 p.m. to 1 a.m. – Dancing in Danceland
Music by The Carolinians.  Dancing all day!        (Wilm.Star, 7-1-1928) (adv)

July 4, 1930  
The first flight card ever presented at Carolina Beach was offered at the Pavilion, under the promotership of T.A. Shepard and T.H. Skipper. The welterweight boxing bout was between Ken Burris, of Fort Bragg and Wilmington, and Dave Eddleman, of Charlotte.  There was also a middleweight bout between Al Massey of Goldsboro, and Red Collins, of Charlotte, and a lightweight bout between Carter Casteen, of Wilmington, and Hugh Penny. (Wilm.Star, 7-2-1930)

July 4, 1934  
It was estimated that between 12,000 and 15,000 persons visited Carolina Beach alone during the holiday, while Walter Winner of Fort Fisher Beach reported the largest crowd of bathers and fishermen at that resort in the past four years.  Kure’s Beach also reported a large attendance.  Thousands of blacks, traveling by automobile, by truck and on foot visited Seabreeze Beach during the day.  Dances were held at the Carolina Beach pavilion and the Greystone roof garden.  Each place reported a capacity crowd.

Only one fatality was reported at any of the reports; a black man, Robert Harper, was drowned at Seabreeze when he ventured out over his depth in the Inland Waterway.  His body was not recovered.  Jimmy Tolbert and his Royal Melodians played at the Carolina Beach pavilion and Cliff Smith and his Orchestra furnished music at the Greystone with Miss Julia Ellington as soloist.  (Wilm.News, 7-5-1934)