2023 Events

59th Annual Memorial Day Observance

May 29, 2023

5 pm

Visitors will once again gather on the decks of the Battleship North Carolina to honor our military personnel who died while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces.  The Memorial Day Observance has been held on the Battleship since 1962.  We are honored to welcome Rear Admiral Jeffery Spivey, Deputy Commander, U.S. Military Sealift Command, as the featured military speaker this year.

In an emotional ceremony remembering our heroes who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving our Nation, there will be an invocation, benediction, memorial wreath presented by the USS North Carolina Battleship Commission, and a 21-gun salute performed by the U.S. Marines of H&S Battalion, MCB  Camp Lejeune.  The Duke Ladd Band will play patriotic music as well as the famous Armed Forces Medley in honor of all our veterans.

Captain Terry A. Bragg, Executive Director of the Battleship North Carolina and the USS North Carolina Battleship Commission invite the public to this free event.

The Battleship will open to the public at 8 am on Memorial Day with free admission starting at 4 pm.


July 4th Fireworks
Watch the City of Wilmington’s spectacular 4th of July fireworks display from the deck of the Battleship North Carolina. Members of the Friends of the Battleship North Carolina have exclusive access to the ship for the fireworks show. Watch their website for details.