For over 220 years, Southport has celebrated our nation's Independence in a big way, and they invite you to join the celebration! Southport's celebration of our nation's independence was first recorded in a newspaper in 1795 and has continued for two centuries. Incorporated as the N.C. 4th of July Festival in 1972, the festival remembers the sacrifices, celebrates freedom, and promotes family fun.
The N.C. 4th of July Festival is held annually in Southport and in 2021 many events will be held in Oak Island. Locations are varied to enhance social distance.
The festivities kick-off with the traditional Oak Island Beach Day on July 1. A day full of games, entertainment and food hosted by the Town of Oak Island begins at 8 a.m. This year’s entertainment following the annual Shag Contest is the sought-after band, Gary Lowder & Smokin’ Hot. The day ends with the annual Beach Day & Oak Island Fireworks show at 9 pm at the Oak Island Pier. There is plenty of room to social distance on the miles of beaches around the Oak Island Pier.
Saturday and Sunday, July 3 & 4, events include the Red, White and Blue Car Show, Children’s Entertainment, Arts & Crafts Market, Entertainment, Flag Retirement & Flag Raising Ceremonies, UPWA Live Pro Wrestling, Freedom Flotilla, and Reading of the Declaration of Independence. Festivities will conclude on July 4 with a Fireworks Display fired from the Oak Island Pier that will be visible for miles around.