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2020’s Fireworks on the Crystal Coast

July 4, 2020 | Fireworks

Fourth of July Fireworks

Celebrate Independence Day on the Crystal Coast! We encouraged guests to watch fireworks from their car, boat or reasonable distance.

Valentine’s Day on the Crystal Coast

Spending Valentine’s on the Crystal Coast? Need some Romantic Ideas of how to spend this special Holiday? We have you covered!

Here is a list of Romantic Ideas of how to spend your Valentine’s Day with your significant other!

  • Bike Ride on the well-groomed trails.
  • Picnic on the beach. Check out the BluewaterNC Pinterest Page for ideas.
  • Take a stroll on the beach during sunset to see all the beautiful colors the Crystal Coast provides.
  • Enjoy a movie at our local movie theater.
  • Enjoy a Romantic Dinner at our many amazing restaurants — You may want to make a reservation in advance to guarantee the perfect table.
  • Explore Beaufort for the day. Wander through the local shops, enjoy dinner, and exploring this great little town.
  • Don’t want to go out to eat? Cook up some amazing Seafood! Here are some great recipes and ideas!
  • Want to get your loved one some flowers, stop by our local florist, for some beautiful arrangements.
  • Need a photographer for couples photos for this Holiday? There are many on the island to find, with a quick google search.

Need some more ideas? Check out our entire Valentine’s Day Pinterest Board, HERE!


Valentine’s on the Crystal Coast

Are you in town for Valentine’s on the Crystal Coast this year? How will you be celebrating the big day?

The Crystal Coast is the perfect place to spend this heart-filled holiday! Enjoy a romantic walk on the beach, enjoy a lovely meal at one of the amazing local seafood restaurants or spend the evening cuddled up on the couch watching a movie.

It’s not too late to plan your Valentine’s Getaway now!

Click here to learn about our specials and get ready to spend your Valentine’s Day on the romantic Crystal Coast!

Shopping for Your Valentine While you’re Visiting

If you’re interested in doing a little shopping for your Valentine while you’re visiting with us along the Crystal Coast, you’ll love the Emerald Plantation shopping plaza. It’s located at 8700 Emerald Drive. There are a wide variety of shops there from jewelry to home decor. You’re sure to find something perfect for the one you love. 

Did You Know? 

In addition to the United States, Valentine’s Day is celebrated in Canada, Mexico, the United Kingdom, France, and Australia. In Great Britain, Valentine’s Day began to be popularly celebrated around the 17th century. 

By the middle of the 18th, it was common for friends and lovers of all social classes to exchange small tokens of affection or handwritten notes, and by 1900 printed cards began to replace written letters due to improvements in printing technology. Ready-made cards were an easy way for people to express their emotions in a time when direct expression of one’s feelings was discouraged. Cheaper postage rates also contributed to an increase in the popularity of sending Valentine’s Day greetings.

Americans probably began exchanging hand-made valentines in the early 1700s. In the 1840s, Esther A. Howland began selling the first mass-produced valentines in America. Howland, known as the “Mother of the Valentine,” made elaborate creations with real lace, ribbons, and colorful pictures known as “scrap.” Today, according to the Greeting Card Association, an estimated 145 million Valentine’s Day cards are sent each year, making Valentine’s Day the second largest card-sending holiday of the year (more cards are sent at Christmas). 

Not able to spend Valentine’s Day on the Crystal Coast – that’s okay, we can bring the coast to you!

Check out our Pinterest Board Here to get creative to make your Valentine’s Day coastal-inspired!

bluwater's toys for tots toy drive banner

Bluewater’s Toys for Tots Drive

Bluewater’s Toys for Tots Drive

This season is all about gratitude. Gratitude for family, friends, and all the goodness of the holiday season. Our 2019 Toys for Tots Drive has brought so many people together to aid the cause and give toys to those less fortunate. From Bluewater employees, guests, friends, and locals – our community has made this year’s Toys for Tots drive one of the best, yet!

If you didn’t get a chance to participate with us this year, we look forward to you joining us in 2020.

We’re looking forward to making next year’s Toys for Tots drive, and each thereafter, bigger and better than the one before.

Being a community surrounded by two Marine Corps Bases – We proudly support the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation.

About the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation

Toys for Tots Drive, Toys for Tots

The Marine Toys for Tots Foundation, an IRS recognized 501(c)(3) not-for-profit public charity, is the fundraising, funding, and support organization for the U. S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program.  The Foundation was created at the behest of the U. S. Marine Corps and provides support in accordance with a Memorandum of Understanding with the Commander, Marine Forces Reserve, who directs the U. S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program.  The Foundation has supported Toys for Tots since 1991 and supplemented local campaigns with tens of millions of toys valued at hundreds of millions of dollars. For more information, visit


The mission of the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation is to assist the U. S. Marine Corps in providing a tangible sign of hope to economically disadvantaged children at Christmas.  This assistance includes supporting the U. S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program by raising funds to provide toys to supplement the collections of local Toys for Tots campaigns, to provide promotional, and support material, and defray the costs of conducting annual Toys for Tots campaigns.  Other Foundation support includes providing administrative, advisory, financial, logistical, and promotional support to local Toys for Tots Coordinators; managing funds raised and monies donated based on the use of Toys for Tots name or logo; providing other support the Marine Corps, as a federal agency, cannot provide; and conducting public education and information programs about Toys for Tots that call the general public to action in support of this patriotic community action program.

USMC Marching Band

Veteran’s Day Tribute

As a military wife of over 15 years, I have seen far too much of what our Veterans and their families experience.  Veteran’s Day (originally called Armistice day) was proclaimed on November 11, 1919, by Woodrow Wilson to celebrate the ending of World War 1. This National Holiday pays tribute to all who have served in America’s Armed forces.

What Veteran’s Day Means to Me

When I think of Veteran’s Day a wave of emotions, memories, and flashbacks come to mind. I think of ceremonies, promotions, Marine Corps Balls… I think of the heaviness of deployments.  I think of the brokenness in my boys’ eyes when they hug their Daddy before getting “on that bus.” I think of the sadness each military service member feels when they leave their loved ones behind- often missing holidays, birthdays, anniversaries, their children’s “firsts” etc.  I think of children growing up without a parent, and often even their extended family. I think of the joy, anticipation, preparation, and arrival of those who come home. I think of the heartache for those whose loved ones come home scarred..or not at all… You see, Veteran’s Day is far more than a day off of work or school.

What You Can Do to Honor a Local Veteran

What special meaning does Veterans Day hold for you? What emotions are evoked in you when you hear the word “Veteran”.  Below are just a few meaningful ways of how you can show your love and support:

1. Accompany a Veteran to a Veteran’s Day Parade

2. Seek out a Veteran to spend time with

3. Visit a senior Veteran in a nursing home or senior housing area

4. Help a Veteran check with the Veteran’s Benefits Administration for any unclaimed


5. Take a warm meal or dessert to someone you know is a Veteran

6 Offer to watch the children of a Veteran so the parents can have a nice date

7. Donate to a Veteran charity/organization

8. If time or distance makes it hard for you to spend time with your Veteran loved one you can reach out via phone, email, text, mail, etc.


Do you have any special way you honor our past and present military? Please feel free to share!

Many Blessings, and to those who have served or are currently serving… Thank You.

Crystal Shaw- Broker/Realtor at Bluewater Real Estate in Emerald Isle, NC

This blog post was written and prepared by Crystal Shaw, a Broker/REALTOR® at Bluewater Real Estate and proud Military spouse. She and her husband have relocated frequently due to new orders, but have been blessed to call The Crystal Coast their home for the last 9 years.

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Local events for Veteran’s Day:

The Carteret County Veterans Day Parade will be held in Morehead City on Saturday, November 9, and will start at 11 a.m. No invitation is required to enter – everyone is invited! The parade committee will no longer be sending out written invitations but is shifting to social media for notification/information. If you or your organization would like to participate in this patriotic event or for more information, please visit, email, or contact the Carteret County Veterans Services Office at 252-728-8440 for more information. If you do not have access to the internet, please contact the number above and we will assist you in completing your entry form.

A small group of re-enactors will be in the fort Saturday afternoon and Sunday showing what Fort Macon would have looked like during WWII.  Uniform talks, weapons demonstrations, and other short talks and presentations will be given throughout the day. November 9th: 2-5 PM & November 10th: 10 AM- 4 PM

From Carteret County Speedway: We are proud and committed to carrying out Bobby Watson’s legacy and dream here at Bobby Watson’s Carteret County Speedway. Providing the Crystal Coast with the region’s finest short track facility and entertainment park. In the final race we will be honoring our active military and veterans. Join us for the final race on Saturday, Nov. 16, for a family military night of fun and entertainment. Located right off Highway 58 in Peletier. Visit or call 252-436-7223 for more information.

Memorial Day Weekend On The Crystal Coast

Memorial Day Weekend On the Crystal Coast!

Ready to spend your extended weekend on the Crystal Coast? We have a list of the best things to do this weekend.

First things first, we would like to give a BIG thanks to all those who served and all of those who currently serve. We are forever grateful for your sacrifices. With The Crystal Coast being next to two Marine Corp bases, we give and extra thanks to those military members that call the Crystal Coast home.

This is a busy weekend in our amazing beach town. We have complied a list of the best events this weekend!

Olde Beaufort Farmer’s Market Farm to Table Dinner 

Date: May 23, 2019

Time: 6 PM – 8 PM

Join the Olde Beaufort Farmers’ Market for their annual fundraising Farm to Table Dinner on the Harborside Park deck overlooking Taylor’s Creek on the waterfront in downtown Beaufort. This fine dining experience features a menu prepared by the chefs at Clawson’s Restaurant from the freshest meats and vegetables raised by the market farmers and delicious breads and desserts from the market bakers. Live entertainment will be provided by the Beaufort Blues Project and wine and beer are included. Tickets may be purchased online at: or at the market on Saturday mornings thru the 18th. Don’t miss this event that is sure to please! For more details, 252-564-8822 or

Into the Fog @ Cru Wine Bar

Date: May 24, 2019

Time: 8 PM – 11 PM

Into The Fog is a string band out of Wilmington, NC that encompasses a wide array of genres from bluegrass to country to folk to rock n’ roll. The band is made up of Brian Stephenson on Vocals and Guitar, Winston Mitchell on Vocals and Dobro/Mandolin, and Derek Lane on Vocals and Bass. After competing in the Telluride Bluegrass Festival band competition, Into the Fog is quickly making a name for themselves throughout North Carolina and catching audience’s attention with their high energy blend of traditional bluegrass and modern folk. With two lead singers and a lot of instrumentation the band has a way of grabbing people’s attention, no matter what their musical preference. For more details, 252-728-3066 or

Jonathan Bryan Williams @ Promise’ Land Market

Date: May 24, 2019

Time: 8:30 PM – 11:30 PM

Jonathan Bryan Williams of the Pat McGee Band will be here. Super talented. Come on out! For more details, 252-222-0422 or

Mikele Buck Band @ Salt 

Date: May 24, 2019

Time: 9:30 PM – 12 AM

The Voice 2018 contestant Mikele Buck was born in the Hills of West Virginia, where his family was steeped in the traditional music of the Appalachians. Playing drums in rock bands for most of his high school days, after graduation Mikele bought his first guitar. He started writing songs and playing local taverns, bars, and bonfire parties, testing his own songs out on friends and family. His original songs are a blend of all his musical influences, including Steve Earle, Garth Brooks, Travis Tritt and Red-Dirt artists like Randy Rodgers Band and Reckless Kelly. After returning from the Iraq war in 2005, Mikele went to Nashville to record his first CD and established his first band near Greenville NC. This band’s popularity grew and soon they were opening up for major acts such as Jason Aldean and Joe Nichols. From NC night clubs and fairs, the Mikele Buck Band began drawing record crowds of their own. His latest iTunes release has been pouring through car speakers all over the east…

Kayak for the Warriors 5K and 10K Beach Run 2019

Date: May 25, 2019

Time: 8 AM – 10:30 AM

Kayak for the Warriors™ is an annual fundraising event for HOPE FOR THE WARRIORS® to benefit our brave, combat injured and fallen service men and women and their families, sponsored by the Town of Pine Knoll Shores, NC.

We kick off our Kayak for the Warrior activities by hosting 5K and 10K Beach Runs on Saturday, May 25, at 8:00 a.m. The event fee for the 5K is $25 and the 10K is $30. Both include a t-shirt. Runners will begin at the The Inn at Pine Knoll Shores and run east and return on the beach. Additional information and registration can be found at or at

Cannon Day @ Fort Macon 

Date: May 25, 2019

Time: 10:30 AM – 3:30 PM

Come down to Fort Macon and learn how different Civil War era cannons were loaded, aimed, and fired.  Cannon demonstrations will be at 10:30, 11:30, 1:30, 2:30, & 3:30.

Caviar Farm Tour & Tasting 

Date: May 25, 2019

Time: 11 AM – 12:30 PM

That’s right, there’s a caviar farm right here in Carteret County!

Marshallberg Farm is the largest producer of Russian Sturgeon caviar in the U.S.A., with capacity to produce up to 3 tons of caviar per year. Due to popular demand, the Down East facility will be holding a series of farm tours and caviar tastings.

The tour includes a guided walk amongst 40 indoor recirculating aquaculture tanks that teem with sturgeon and span some 54,000 square feet of building space. Following the tour, there will be a caviar and smoked sturgeon tasting and a chance to purchase products.

Tickets are $20 and can be purchased online at Spaces are limited.

Big Drink Music @ The Trading Post 

Date: May 25, 2019

Time: 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM

Big Drink Music will be bringing the boogie to the Trading Post!

A Great Gatsby Party (with The Raynor Brothers Band) 

Date: May 25, 2019

Time: 7 PM – 9:30 PM

The Roaring Twenties… The Jazz Age…
GREAT GATSBY! The party of the season…
Destination The Infusion Cafe… Copacetic! (And how!)
On the evening of May 25, 2019, our joint will be jumpin in the jazz.
On the square! The cat’s meow… featuring the smooth jake sounds of ‘The Raynor Brothers Band!
(That’s the Raynor Brothers… They got the goods! See.)
This jazz ensemble is the bee’s knees!

Timmie Raynor III and
Gabriel Raynor will be leading the band.
The event’s gonna be a lollapalooza- and like Gatsby himself said,
“A little party never killed nobody!”
All you cats and dames hip to the jive, grab your glad rags and get ready to start “putting on the Ritz!”
Our kitchen artists are dreaming up a swanky 3-4 course meal that hit on all sixes and take you straight back to the 1920s like nobody’s business. Dinner will be served up with our famous ‘noodle juice’ and ‘joe’ (that’s twenties speak for tea and coffee- savvy?)… all this, our live-wire staff in the get up and The Raynor Brothers too!
This is sure to be the party of the season… and a night you wont want to miss.

Tickets Required. Seating is limited.
Call 252-240-2800 for event information and to guarantee your seats!

Irish Robinson @ Promise’ Land Market 

Date: May 25, 2019

Time: 10 PM – 1 AM

Join us for music by Irish Robinson. We have live music EVERY weekend. For more details, 252-222-0422 or

Hannah Wicklund and The Steppin’ Stones @ Salt 

Date: May 25, 2019

Time: 10 PM – 1 AM

Hannah Wicklund & The Steppin’ Stones are fronted by a 21-year-old powerhouse guitarist, vocalist and songwriter. The South Carolina-born artist, who formed the band as an eight-year-old, has developed a powerful and sublime synthesis of skills and makes it clear that the future is hers to conquer.
See her live @
On their new self-titled album, Hannah Wicklund & The Steppin Stones (available everywhere now) the band — who’ve played over 2,000 shows — digs to their core and leaves it all on the floor. The album is an aural kaleidoscope of blazing guitars and searing vocals, all of which establish Wicklund as a triple-threat player, singer and writer.
Hannah credits her father with instilling the lesson of never losing the intensity that music requires. Her first guitar was a present from him, as a kind of atonement for getting rid of her backyard trampoline. That very night, he taught her to play “Rockin’ In The Free World” and Tom Petty’s “It’s Good To Be King.” (Creativity runs through the family: her mother, a talented artist, painted the latest Steppin Stones album cover.) She grew up knowing that her life would be consumed by music. And somehow it feels as though it is only the beginning…
Past appearances including major events such as the Peach Music Festival, Firefly Music Festival and Kaaboo Del Mar.

Selah Dubb @ Off The Hook 

Date: May 25, 2019

Time: 10 PM – 12 AM

Come check out Selah Dubb at Off The Hook. Come on out for great food, drink specials and LIVE entertainment!

Memorial Day Pig Pickin and Hawaiian Shirt Contest

Date: May 25, 2019

Time: 10 PM – 12 AM

Fishtowne is throwing a Memorial Day Pig Pickin Luau and want to celebrate with their craft beer Ohana! Sunday, May 26th from 12pm – 5pm they will be cooking up a pig along with a Hawaiian shirt contest. Games, music and door prizes all day with the best Hawaiian shirt winner announced at 3pm. Winner receives a special edition Fishtowne Hawaiian Shirt. So join them at Fishtowne for a hella good BBQ and a hella good time! For more details, 252-838-1102 or

Sea Stars and Stripes Event Salutes Active Military @ the Aquarium

Date: May 25, 2019

Time: 10 PM – 12 AM

 There is a significant United States military presence in North Carolina. All four branches are represented in some way; from Seymore Johnson Airforce Base in Goldsboro and Fort Bragg near Fayetteville, to Camp Lejeune and Cherry Point closer to Carteret County. On Memorial Day, the North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores will host Sea Stars and Stripes as a way to salute active military and their families. The event is specifically designed for currently serving military who have young children. Join us for an evening after hours for dinner, live animal presentations, and take-home crafts that children of all ages can enjoy. For more details, 252-247-4003 or