****Due to COVID-19, the Arts by the Sea Festival and July 4th Celebration have been cancelled for 2020****
News Release Town of Swansboro
Arts by the Sea Festival and July 4th Fireworks Cancellations
May 14, 2020
The Town of Swansboro regrets to announce that the 2020 Arts by the Sea Festival scheduled for June 13, 2020 and the July 4th Fireworks have been cancelled. Our priority is the health and safety of the community, including our staff, supporters, vendors, volunteers, and sponsors. As the COVID-19 pandemic unfolds, it is becoming clear that in the face of an unprecedented situation, we need to make tough choices. With large gatherings being discouraged by global health experts until at least August, postponement was not a viable option.
Welcome to Swansboro, the friendly city by the sea! Incorporated in 1783, our beautiful community is home to a rich history and a bounty of festivals and celebrations. Our downtown streets are great for taking a leisurely stroll and offer up an assortment of quaint shops and delicious restaurants. And don't forget water! Bordered by both the Intracoastal Waterway and the White Oak River, we have a lot to offer in the way of fishing, kayaking, sailing, or just enjoying the view!
We sure love our festivals here! Our most popular festival by far is the Mullet Festival, which celebrated its 65th year in 2019. What began as a small event to celebrate the completion of the bridge over the White Oak River has become a highly anticipated part of eastern North Carolina culture. Taking place on the second weekend in October, it's celebrated with a parade, live entertainment, street vendors, and tons of seafood, especially our local delicacy--the mullet! The second Saturday in June is home to Arts by the Sea, where our fabulous local artists show off their arts and crafts. We also have lots of food and live entertainment. On the 4th of July, we celebrate our independence with a spectacular fireworks display at the waterfront. Grab some popcorn and a funnel cake and get ready to ooh and ahh at the sights! Finally, we welcome the holiday season with our Christmas Flotilla. Taking place on the Friday following Thanksgiving, it's popular with locals and visitors alike! If you want to see a parade of colorful, festive, and brightly-lit decorated boats, this is the event for you! The kids will also love this one because they get to meet Santa.
We hope you'll stop by and take part in one of our local celebrations!