NC 4th of July Festival and Fireworks

Historic Downtown Southport and Oak Island

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 the City of Southport with many events also held in Oak Island.  Events include traditional Oak Island Beach Day activities such as games, music, food and fireworks on July 1.  Other festival events in Southport include: Reading of the Declaration of Independence, Flag Raising Ceremony, Naturalization Ceremony, Parade, Arts and Crafts Market,, Music and Entertainment, Freedom Flotilla, and more fireworks. 

Events include:

Welcome Ceremony - 6 pm June 28 on the Garrison Lawn

Freedom Run - June 29

Beach Day - July 1 in Oak Island

Arts & Crafts Show - July 2 & 3 11 am - 7 pm, July 4 11 am - 9 pm on Bay Street Downtown Southport

Live Music - 7 pm to 10 pm July 2, 3, & 4 at the Waterfront Park Main Stage

Red, White and Blue Flotilla - July 2 at 4 pm at Waterfront Park

4th of July Parade - 11 am Moore and Howe Streets

Fireworks - 9 pm July 4 on the Southport Waterfront

For updated and detailed festival information including entertainment lineup, times, and locations, please visit the event website.

For more information about other area concerts, outdoor markets, parades and fireworks happening the week of July 4th, visit our events page.

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