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: Naturalization Ceremony, Flag Raising Ceremony, Flag Retirement Ceremony, Veteran’s Recognition Ceremony, over 100 arts & craft booths, food vendors, parade, live stage entertainment, fireworks, Franklin Square Art Gallery’s National Art Show, Shine & Show Classic Car Show, voter registration, Old Jail tours, use book sale, Lions Club Boat raffle drawing, Cape Fear Yacht Club’s Commodore Regatta, St. Philip Episcopal Chapel of the Cross Open, children’s entertainment, children’s games, pancake breakfast, and Firefighters Competition.
For detailed festival information, including traffic information and an interactive map of festival activities, please visit the website.