The North Carolina 4th of July Festival in Southport, NC is the biggest party around. There is Beach Day, Concerts, Car Shows, Fireworks, Crafts, Food and a Parade…and that is barely scratching the surface of all there is to do during the week of the 4th! This list is by no means all-inclusive, there is much more.
You can also pick-up the NC 4th of July Festival Program (available in this weeks State Port Pilot) and area businesses for all of the details you need!
Saturday, June 27th
The festivities kick-off on Saturday, June 27th with the 37th Annual Freedom Run/Walk through the streets of beautiful Southport. Later that day, the excitement continues with the 32nd Annual Firefighters Competition, where fire departments from around the area/region are invited to test their team work skills.
Sunday, June 28th
Join us for a reading of the Declaration of Independence on the historic and nostalgic Garrison Lawn at Fort Johnston at 4:45. Just following the 2nd Marine Division Military “Dixie Band” will perform against the backdrop of the Southport waterfront.
Monday, June 29th
The Associated Artists of Southport will kick-off their annual Summer Members Art Show at Franklin Square Gallery – on display from 10am to 5pm through Saturday July 4th. Southport is fortunate to have an amazing variety of extremely talented artists – come by and purchase your own one of a kind piece!
Wednesday, July 1st
Oak Island shines on Wednesday with the ever popular Beach Day. There will be volleyball, cornhole and bocce ball tournaments, a sand sculpture contest, a skate competition and more…all capped off with Gary Lowder and the Smokin’ Hot performing in concert from 6pm-9pm. During the band’s break at 7pm, there will be a shag contest for those of you that like to cut a rug!
Oak Island Fireworks light up the sky at 9pm. Set up your chairs on the beach for an evening picnic and enjoy the show. Oak Island always goes all out with their fireworks program – it’s a must see!
Thursday, July 2nd
Bring the little ones out for Children’s Entertainment from 9am to 12pm at Keziah Street for face-painting, games, coloring, beading, songs, dance and more! They’ll have a blast and you’ll be all smiles watching them make great memories!
The American Red Cross will be at Waterfront Park for a blood drive from 9:30am to 2pm. Please consider donating much needed blood for our community in celebration of our freedom.
Waterfront Food Concessions start on Thursday from 11am to 10pm. The smell of Italian sausage, shrimp baskets, funnel cakes and so much more will fill the streets…you may find yourself drifting down there uncontrollably!
Live entertainment starts on the Waterfront stage from 2pm to 10pm and includes Inspirations Dance Center, Jilli and the River Rat Band, Mad Dog Radio and local sensation CC Martin!
Friday, July 3rd
Children participate in old timey games like sack races and watermelon rolling…it is fun for the entire family – especially those that get to watch!
Entertainment continues on the Waterfront stage from 1pm to 10pm, culminating with the Street Dance at 7pm with a performance by the Tim Clark Band. This is always a town favorite that you don’t want to miss.
Saturday, July 4th
The Pancake Breakfast starts at 7am at Trinity United Methodist Church and is a family tradition for hundreds of people…but don’t worry…they have it down to a tee and know how to get folks in and out with a full belly quickly!
The highlight of the festivities is the Festival Parade that runs along Howe Street starting at 11:30am. You’ll want to set-up your seats early because parking, shade and front row spots are limited.
The Shine and Show Classic Cars will be on display at Bay Street from 11am to 4pm. Enjoy a blast from the past with these remarkable restored classics.
Entertainment on the Waterfront Stage starts from 1pm until after the fireworks. Please see the complete schedule for a list of entertainers that you won’t want to miss.
The fireworks finale brings the festival to a close on Saturday night at 9pm. A grand way to end a festival and celebrate our nation’s birthday. Fireworks are fired from a barge in the Cape Fear River.
There is much more going on throughout the day on Saturday, including a regatta, boat raffle, pole vault display and live wrestling show just to name a few.