For over 200 years, Southport has celebrated our nation's Independence in a big way, and they invite you to join the celebrations! The city of Southport first celebrated our nation's independence in 1792 as the "Festival of Free Men," and continued the celebrations for two centuries, when the festival incorporated as the N.C. 4th of July Festival in 1972. Today, the festival remembers the sacrifices, celebrates freedom, and promotes family fun.
The N.C. 4th of July Festival is held annually in the City of Southport. Join the over 50,000 people who attend the N.C. 4th of July Festival each year. Festival events include: Reading of the Declaration of Independence, Military Band Concert, Naturalization Ceremony, Flag Raising Ceremony, Flag Retirement Ceremony, Veteran’s Recognition Ceremony, Fire Fighter's Freedom Competition, 9/11 Never Forget Mobile Exhibit, over 100 arts & craft booths, food vendors, parade, children's games and entertainment, live stage entertainment by The Holiday Band, Acoustic Blend, Goove Metal Appetite, Into the Fog, Brunswick Big Band, Mike's Garage Band, Liquid Pleasure Band, Back Porch Rockers, and Chairmen of the Board. Visit Franklin Square Art Gallery’s National Art Show, Shine & Show Classic Car Show, voter registration, Old Jail tours, Lions Club Boat raffle drawing, Cape Fear Yacht Club’s Commodore Regatta, St. Philip Church self-guided tours, Old Smithville Cemetery tour, live professional wrestling, pancake breakfast, and more.
Fireworks will take place at 9:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 4, 2018 over the Southport waterfront. An encore concert performance will take place after the fireworks, from 9:30 until 10:00 p.m.
For detailed festival information, including traffic information and an interactive map of festival activities, please visit the website.