It’s Memorial Day on the Crystal Coast! Visitors from all around will be heading to the coast to celebrate and honor those who have served the great US of A. In a community so rich in history, there are countless ways to observe Memorial Day. So fire up the grill, throw your beach gear in the car and get out and pay homage to the brave men and women that have paid the ultimate price for our FREEDOM! Here are a few ideas for making this holiday a memorable one.
The town of Atlantic Beach sponsors the annual fireworks display on Saturday, May 28th at 9pm along the boardwalk at the Circle beach access (115 Atlantic Blvd.) So bring your chairs, but please no pets or glass containers.
Visit Fort Macon
Plan to stop by Fort Macon this Memorial Day weekend. No admission or parking fee to enjoy a day at this State Park. There are ranger tours, a refreshment stand, and bathhouse. Lifeguards will be on duty starting this weekend, the unofficial kick-off of summer!
Cape Lookout National Seashore & Shackleford Banks
Plan an excursion to Cape Lookout with an undeveloped coastline. A short ferry boat ride from Beaufort or Harker’s Island will bring you to these pristine barrier islands where you can enjoy activities like shelling, fishing, and bird watching. You can soak up the sun and saltwater on the beach, venture into the Keeper’s Quarters Museum and climb to the top of the lighthouse for spectacular sweeping views of the coast from 160 feet in the air. Take the long boardwalk to the ocean side where you can surf or sunbathe or both! The Cape Lookout Lighthouse is the perfect backdrop for a fun-filled day at the beach.
Shackleford Banks is a local favorite during the summer with skiffs, houseboats, jet skis, inflatable rafts, and more. If you’re planning to visit be sure you have your charcoal grill or your bucket of chicken, cooler of beer, er sodas, and plenty of sunscreen and water!