Southeast Tourism Society Selects

Battleship Blast as a

'Top 20 Event in the Southeast' for July

WILMINGTON, NC  Southeast Tourism Society (STS) has named the Battleship NORTH CAROLINA's Battleship Blast one of the Top 20 Events in the Southeast for July, 2011. 


As the Battleship celebrates 50 years in North Carolina, the 15th Annual 4th of July fireworks spectacular will light up the skies at 9:05 pm and take on new forms that have never been seen in Wilmington before.


"The STS Top 20 Events list is an excellent guide for travelers in the Southeast.  Events selected represent the best activities the region offers.  Being chosen is a great accolade that can draw extra attention to a festival or special event," said Neville Bhada, vice president of communications and public relations for Southeast Tourism Society.


"We are very honored to receive this recognition," said Heather Loftin, Promotions Director for the Battleship.  "As the Ship celebrates 50 years of being moored in North Carolina this year, the enthusiasm of the upcoming events and activities is showing a ripple effect across the state and Southeast.  We continue to be amazed and thank everyone with deep gratitude for the support."


STS started its Top 20 Events program in 1985.  Travel industry experts select 20 events per month, and STS publicizes the list throughout the United States. The complete list is published monthly on two Web sites: and


To be nominated for Top 20 Event consideration, an event must be in at least its third year and must have attendance of at least 1,000.  


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.

The Battleship NORTH CAROLINA is self-supporting, not tax supported and relies primarily upon admissions to tour the Ship, sales in the Ship's Store, donations and investments. No funds for its administration and operation come from appropriations from governmental entities at the local, state or federal levels. Located at the junction of Highways 17/74/76/421 on the Cape Fear River.   Visit or follow us on and for more information.

Contact: Heather Loftin
PO Box 480
Wilmington, NC 28402 
910-251-5797 x3004
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