Latest happenings and things to do in and around New Bern through July 8th

Neuse River - Union Point Park1st: New Bern Community Drum Circle, 6:30 p.m. at Union Point Park. Presented by Andrea Clements Thompson and New Bern Parks and Recreation.

3rd: Jonkonnu Workshop, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. at Tryon Palace’s Waystation. Call 252-639-3500.

3rd: Behind The Scenes: Costume Shop, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. at Tryon Palace’s Waystation.  Call 252-639-3500.

4th: July 4th Flag Tournament, 9:00 a.m. at Harbour Pointe Golf Club, 1105 Barkentine Dr. Call 252-638-5338.

4th: The Glorious Fourth, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at Tryon Palace.  Call 252-639-3500.

4th: 4th of July Parade and The Bears Live, 10:30 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. in River Bend.

4th: Fourth of July Celebration at Union Point Park and Lawson Creek Park. Starts at 5:30 p.m.; 2nd MAW Band performance at 7:30 p.m. (Union Point Park) with Fireworks at 9:15 p.m. (Lawson Creek Park). Presented by the City of New Bern Parks and Recreation. Call 252-639-2901.

4th: City of Havelock July 4th Freedom Festival, 5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. at Havelock City Park. Call 252-444-6429.

4th: A Limited Engagement 4th of July, 8:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. at Circa 1810, Harvey Mansion. Call 252-635-3232.

5th: The Little Mermaid – Summer 2018 Children’s Movies Series, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at the North Carolina History Center. Call 252-639-3524.

6th: The Bears Live, 8:00 p.m. at The Harvey Mansion. Call 252-635-3232.

7th: Carolina Cool Music and Food, 12:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. at the Craven County Fairgrounds.

There are also all kinds of things to do in and around town. To name a few, take advantage of over 20 parks and 3 recreation centers maintained by New Bern Parks & Recreation and Craven County Recreation & Parks. Play disc golf at Glenburnie Park and Creekside Park, roller skate at Rollerland, go horseback riding at Equidae Farms (288-9706), or check out the Bear Towne Escape Room.

Visit the New Bern-Craven County Library for free classes, reading programs, movie rentals, etc.

Visit the New Bern Farmers Market and support our farmers, artists, and numerous vendors by shopping local! You’ll find fruits, vegetables, plants, baked goods, crafts, numerous handmade items, and more! Hours: Tuesdays from 10 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. and Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. For details call 252-633-0043.

Watch a movie at the Bear Town Cinema 6 (638-1820).

Take a self-guided walking tour or have locals take you on a tour: Cruise the Neuse Boat Tours (876-7232), Pedi-Bear Tours (649-3839), Scenic Airplane Ride by Tradewind Aviation (636-0716), Tugboat of New Bern Cruises (919-306-5712), and Trolley Tour (637-7316). Call New Bern Tours for more options (637-7316).

Tour the New Bern Civil War Battlefield Park. It’s not only for Civil War Buffs, but it’s a perfect place to take a walk in the woods (with your dog), picnic, or sit on a bench and watch the wildlife.

Take a walk in the woods in the Croatan National Forest. The forest’s habitat has carnivorous plants like the Venus flytrap, pitcher plant, sundew, butterwort, bladderwort among other exotic plants. The Croatan spans approximately 160,000 acres and is located in New Bern’s backyard. It’s a sanctuary for black bear, deer, wild turkey, quail, coyote, bald eagle, beaver, bobcat, porcupine, American alligator, red-tailed hawk, and other wildlife you may see. For maps and more information, talk to the people at the Croatan National Forest’s Ranger’s Station on Hwy 70 E (638-5628).

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