For over 200 years, Southport has celebrated our nation's Independence in a big way, and they invite you to join the celebration! 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. Annual 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, over 100 arts & craft booths, food vendors, parade, children's games and entertainment, live stage entertainment, and fireworks. Visit Franklin Square Art Gallery’s National Art Show, Shine & Show's Classic Car Show, voter registration, Old Jail tours, Lions Club Boat raffle drawing, Cape Fear Yacht Club’s Commodore Regatta, St. Philip Church's self-guided tours, Old Smithville Cemetery tours, a pancake breakfast, and more.