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Battleship Fireworks Display Makes Prominent List

By Staff Reports, posted Feb 15, 2011

The Battleship North Carolina gained fame for its firepower during World War II, though a different sort of aerial display is gaining notice for the battleship now. The Southeast Tourism Society today named the Fourth of July Celebration at the battleship as one of the best tourist activities throughout the Southeast United States.

The celebration, called the Battleship Blast, is listed as one of the STS Top 20 events for July 2011.

“We are very honored to receive this recognition,” said Heather Loftin, promotions director for the Battleship.  “The enthusiasm of the upcoming events and activities is showing a ripple effect across the state and Southeast.”

To be nominated for STS Top 20 Event consideration, an event must be in at least its third year and must have attendance of at least 1,000.  The battleship is celebrating its 50th anniversary here in Wilmington, and this will be the 15th year with the firework show.

“The STS Top 20 Events list is an excellent guide for travelers in the Southeast.  Events selected represent the best activities the region offers,” said Neville Bhada, of STS.

STS, founded in 1983 and headquartered in Atlanta, is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting tourism in 12 southeastern states-Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia.

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