Programs & Events


Public Programs


Group Programs


Radio Programs


Special Events

Public Programs

Hidden Battleship

Hidden Battleship is for the explorer at heart!  Join us for an afternoon on a unique, behind-the-scenes tour of unrestored areas on the Battleship. Organized into small groups, the participants are led to areas in the bow, third deck, and below, and the superstructure, including all the way to the very top! This program requires climbing ladders, crossing high hatches, and going through tight/confined spaces. The tour is limited to ages 16 and older.

2024 Dates

► January 20
► March 16
► May 18
► November 16

12 pm – 5 pm, $60 (plus tax) per participant. This program always sells out, so get your Hidden Battleship ticket now. This program is for ages 16 and older.

Battleship 101

Friendly, knowledgeable volunteers stationed throughout the Ship engage visitors in specific subjects and areas such as gunnery, sick bay, engineering, and daily shipboard life. Enjoy the opportunity to go behind the doors and inside normally closed spaces. Hands-on opportunities for the young and young at heart! This event is perfect for families and scout/youth groups. Bring your questions and cameras!

2024 Dates

February 17
March 9
April 13
May 11
June 8
October 12

Free with regular Battleship admission.

Battleship Alive!

Watch and interact with World War II living history interpreters as they bring the Ship to life by re-enacting daily duties and drills. This event is perfect for families and scout/youth groups. Bring your questions and cameras!

2024 Dates

► April 20
► September 28
► December 7

8 am – 5 pm, free with regular Battleship admission.

Group Programs

Meet the MARDET

This program is designed for Marine Corps personnel. Held inside the Marine compartment, a retired Marine gives an insightful illustrated presentation on the Battleship and her Marines. The program includes an array of period artifacts and weapons followed by a self-guided tour of the Battleship. This program is dependent upon volunteer availability.

Minimum group size is 15 participants; maximum group size is 25 participants. This program is available Monday – Friday, October – April.

Admission

$5 (per participant)

To make a reservation or to receive more information, please contact Shelly Robinson or call 910-399-9101 between 9 am – 3 pm, Monday – Friday.

This program requires Battleship group rate admission. 

Azalea Coast Amateur Radio Club

Guest HAM Operator Program

The Azalea Coast Amateur Radio Club welcomes licensed HAM operators to the Battleship NORTH CAROLINA to transmit via Voice, Digital or Morse Code from Radio Central. Contact the club to make arrangements at least 10 days in advance of your visit.

Free with regular Battleship admission.

NCQSO Party

The NC QSO Party is a statewide ham radio event. Operators try to make contact with all 100 North Carolina counties within a 9-hour period.  It is a friendly contest as every contact contains points, and those hams with the most points in certain categories win in that category. The Battleship is NI4BK, and HAM operators may contact the ship via Voice, Digital, and Morse Code. NI4BK is a “Bonus” point station that is highly prized by contestants, and NORTH CAROLINA’s presence is posted throughout the day on a “spotting cluster” for the world to see. The Battleship is NI4BK, and we look forward to hearing from YOU!

2024 Dates

► February 25

9 am – 4 pm, free with regular Battleship admission.

Museum Ships Weekend

Operating aboard Battleship NORTH CAROLINA, the Azalea Coast Radio Club participates in the annual Museum Ships Weekend. Sponsored by the Battleship NEW JERSEY Radio Club, HAM operators on 102 museum ships worldwide take part in the event. The Battleship NORTH CAROLINA is NI4BK and HAM operators may contact the ship via Voice, Digital, and Morse Code. 

2024 Dates

► June 1 – 2

9 am – 4 pm, free with regular Battleship admission.

North Carolina State Parks on the Air

The North Carolina State Parks on the Air is an annual event that attempts to “activate” all 107 North Carolina state parks over the course of a weekend. The event is an outgrowth of the international Parks On The Air phenomenon that is so popular within amateur radio. To “activate” a park means to set up an amateur radio station in the park and make at least 10 radio contacts with that station. The Battleship NORTH CAROLINA is a highly sought after “park” by HAM operators worldwide.

2024 Dates

► September 9 & 10

Free with regular Battleship admission.

Pearl Harbor Day Remembrance

Operating aboard Battleship NORTH CAROLINA, the Azalea Coast Radio Club hosts a worldwide HAM radio operator event commemorating the December 7, 1941, attack on Pearl Harbor. The Battleship is NI4BK, and HAM operators may contact the ship via Voice, Digital, and Morse Code. NI4BK looks forward to hearing from YOU! Radio operators making contact will receive a special postcard verifying the contact.

Save the Date

► December 7

9 am – 4 pm, free with regular Battleship admission.

Special Events

Memorial Day Observance Ceremony

Remember those who gave their lives in service by honoring veterans at the Battleship’s traditional Memorial Day Observance featuring a military guest speaker, an all-service Color guard, a 21-gun salute by a Marine Corps Honor Guard, a military band, taps, and a memorial wreath cast into the waters. 

2024 Dates

► 60th Anniversary Memorial Day Event info coming soon!

TBD

Battleship Boom & Bloom Fireworks Bonanza! 

Come enjoy the 2024 Azalea Festival Fireworks Presented by the Battleship North Carolina ON the Battleship fantail!

Ticket Price includes a take-home pink folding chair for your seat, bag of popcorn courtesy of Friends of the Battleship, music and dancing, a self-guided deck tour, and the premiere firework viewing spot!

Snacks and drinks will be available for purchase.

Kids 5 and Under are Free!

Rain or shine unless the fireworks are canceled. If the event is canceled you will receive a full refund.

Save the Date

► April 6, 7:30 pm

7:30 – 9:30 pm. Rain or shine unless the fireworks are canceled. If the event is canceled you will receive a full refund.

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.

Save the Date

Saturday, April 06

6 pm, FREE — (You must be a Friends of the Battleship member to attend this event)Get your tickets now (tickets are limited to membership level). Not a member? Join now!