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Fourth of July North Carolina Festival

Highlights for Events from June 28th - July 4th

Click on each underlined event for a detailed schedule

  • Kite Festival - June 30th from 10AM - 3PM on Oak Island

  • Beach Day - July 1st is on Oak Island to celebrate when Long Beach and Yaupon Beach joined to make Oak Island. There are events throughout the day and end with Fireworks on the beach!!

  • FOURTH OF JULY:

  • There is a trolley available in Southport to help with parking July 2nd - July 4th from 10AM - 11PM From Southport Elementary

  • Parade 11AM

  • Vendors (Arts, Crafts and Food) at Waterfront park in Southport 11AM -10PM

  • Fireworks - Southport Waterfront at 9pm


The Fourth of July Festival in Southport, North Carolina, a celebration steeped in history and brimming with patriotic spirit. Each year, this charming coastal town comes alive with festivities that honor America's independence in grand style. From the vibrant parade that winds through the streets, showcasing local bands, colorful floats, and community groups, to the spectacular fireworks display that lights up the night sky over the Cape Fear River, Southport's Fourth of July Festival is a joyous occasion for residents and visitors alike. With a rich tradition dating back over 200 years, this beloved event is the largest Fourth of July celebration in North Carolina, offering a perfect blend of small-town charm and patriotic pride.


FRIDAY - JUNE 28th

June 28 @ 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

American Red Cross Blood Drive

(By appointment only)

Southport Fire Department Downtown Substation 111 E. Nash Street, Southport, NC, United States

To schedule your appointment, please visit https://www.redcrossblood.org/ and choose the zip code 28461


June 28 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Historic Chapel of The Cross Self Guided Tours

St. Phillips Church 203 E Moore St, Southport, NC, United States


June 28 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Fort Johnston Visitors Center and Museum

Fort Johnston Visitors Center and Museum 203 E Bay St, Southport, NC, United States

FREE


June 28 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

NC Maritime Museum Open

Maritime Museum 204 E Moore St, Southport, NC, United States

FREE


June 28 @ 3:00 pm

9/11 Remembered Traveling Memorial

Sponsored by The Southport Fire Department

Intersection of 87 and 211 Southport, United States

Mobile Exhibit


June 28 @ 6:00 pm

Welcoming Ceremony

Sponsored by The City of Southport

Fort Johnston Lawn 203 E Bay St, Southport, NC, United States


June 28 @ 6:00 pm

Flyover

Southport Waterfront Park Southport, NC, United States


June 28 @ 6:15 pm

Reading of The Declaration of Independence

Fort Johnston Lawn 203 E Bay St, Southport, NC, United States


June 28 @ 6:30 pm

440th Army Band

Fort Johnston Garrison Lawn 203 E Bay St, Southport, NC, United States


SATURDAY - JUNE 29th

June 29 @ 8:00 am - 10:00 am

Freedom Run 5k-1Mile

Southport Waterfront Park Southport, NC, United States

5K Run/Walk - $45 Registration Fee

1 Mile Run/Walk - FREE


June 29 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Historic Chapel of The Cross Self Guided Tours

St. Phillips Church 203 E Moore St, Southport, NC, United States


June 29 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Fort Johnston Visitors Center and Museum

Fort Johnston Visitors Center and Museum 203 E Bay St, Southport, NC, United States


June 29 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

NC Maritime Museum Open

Maritime Museum 204 E Moore St, Southport, NC, United States


June 29 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Summer Regional Artshow-Event of the Associated Artist of Southport

Franklin Square Gallery 130 E West St, Southport, NC, United States


June 29 @ 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

9/11 Remembered Traveling Memorial

Sponsored by The Southport Fire Department

Nash St Southport, NC, United States


June 29 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Over the River Theatre Company Presents:

“The Complete History of America”

Amuzu Theater 111 N Howe St, Southport, NC, United States

FREE


June 29 @ 3:00 pm

39th Annual Fire Fighters Freedom Competition & Apparatus Expo

115 E. Nash St Southport, NC, United States


June 29 @ 3:00 pm

Patriotic Concert: The Sea Notes Choral Society

Odell Williamson Auditorium at Brunswick Community College 150 College Rd, Bolivia, NC, United States


June 29 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Over the River Theatre Company Presents:

“The Complete History of America”

Amuzu Theater 111 N Howe St, Southport, NC, United States

FREE


SUNDAY - JUNE 30th

Kite Fest - Oak Island, NC 2024

10AM - 3PM


June 30 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Kite Fest-Event of Oak Island Parks and Recreation

Middleton Park SE 46th St, Oak Island, NC, United States


June 30 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Food Vendors-Event of Oak Islands Parks and Recreation

Middleton Park SE 46th St, Oak Island, NC, United States


June 30 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

9/11 Remembered Traveling Memorial

Sponsored by The Southport Fire Department

Nash St Southport, NC, United States


June 30 @ 10:15 am

Kite Demonstrations

Middleton Park SE 46th St, Oak Island, NC, United States


June 30 @ 10:45 am

Kite Demonstrations

Middleton Park SE 46th St, Oak Island, NC, United States


June 30 @ 11:15 am

Kite Demonstrations

Middleton Park SE 46th St, Oak Island, NC, United States


June 30 @ 11:45 am

Kite Demonstrations

Middleton Park SE 46th St, Oak Island, NC, United States


June 30 @ 12:00 pm

Uncle Sam Skydiving

Middleton Beach Access 49th st, Oak Island, United States


June 30 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

UPWA Live Pro Wrestling

Middleton Park SE 46th St, Oak Island, NC, United States


June 30 @ 3:00 pm

Patriotic Concert: The Sea Notes Choral Society

Odell Williamson Auditorium at Brunswick Community College 150 College Rd, Bolivia, NC, United States


June 30 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Gospel Sing

Fort Johnston Garrison Lawn 203 E Bay St, Southport, NC, United States


MONDAY - JULY 1st

BEACH DAY

OAK ISLAND, NC


July 1 @ 7:00 am

Beach Day Registration for Athletic Events

46th Street SE & Beach Drive Oak Island, NC, United States


July 1 @ 8:00 am

Beach Day Volleyball Tournament

46th Street SE & Beach Drive Oak Island, NC, United States


July 1 @ 9:00 am

Beach Day Horseshoes

Middleton Park SE 46th St, Oak Island, NC, United States


July 1 @ 9:00 am

Beached out Dog Costume Contest at the Stage

Middleton Park SE 46th St, Oak Island, NC, United States


July 1 @ 10:00 am

Beach Day Cornhole Tournament

Middleton Park SE 46th St, Oak Island, NC, United States


July 1 @ 10:00 am

Baby Bathing Suit Contest at the Stage

Middleton Park SE 46th St, Oak Island, NC, United States


July 1 @ 11:00 am

Beachin’ Golf Cart Contest at Basketball Court

Middleton Park Basketball Courts Oak Island, NC


July 1 @ 11:00 am

Beach Day Pre-K & School Age Balloon Toss at the Stage

Middleton Park Stage Oak Island, NC


July 1 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Beach Day Inflatables at Middleton Park

Middleton Park SE 46th St, Oak Island, NC, United States


July 1 @ 12:30 pm

Beach Day Sandcastle Contest

46th Street SE & Beach Drive Oak Island, NC, United States


July 1 @ 1:00 pm

Beach Day Jimmy Buffet Karaoke Sing

6th Grade and up at the Stage

Middleton Park Stage Oak Island, NC


July 1 @ 5:30 pm - 5:45 pm

Welcoming Ceremony

Middleton Park Extension 46th St & Dolphin Dr, Oak Island, NC, United States


July 1 @ 5:45 pm

Beach Day Oak Island Birthday Recognition

Middleton Park SE 46th St, Oak Island, NC, United States


July 1 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Oak Island Summer Concert Series- OKI Beach Day-20 Ride

Middleton Park SE 46th St, Oak Island, NC, United States


July 1 @ 9:00 pm

Beach Day Town of Oak Island Anniversary Fireworks

Oak Island Pier 705 Ocean Dr., Oak Island, NC, United States


TUESDAY- JULY 2ND

July 2 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am

Assumption of Command-596th Transportation Brigade

Fort Johnston Garrison Lawn 203 E Bay St, Southport, NC, United States


July 2 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am

440th Army Band

Fort Johnston Garrison Lawn 203 E Bay St, Southport, NC, United States


July 2 @ 9:30 am - 10:30 am

Canceled S.U.P. Parade

Public Boat Ramp located next to 5710 57 th Place W., Oak Island. Oak Island, NC


July 2 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Historic Chapel of The Cross Self Guided Tours

St. Phillips Church 203 E Moore St, Southport, NC, United States


July 2 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

9/11 Remembered Traveling Memorial

Sponsored by The Southport Fire Department

Nash St Southport, NC, United States


July 2 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

NC Maritime Museum Open

Maritime Museum 204 E Moore St, Southport, NC, United States


July 2 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 pm

Trolley available from Southport Elementary

Southport Elementary School 701 W 9th St, Southport, NC, United States


July 2 @ 11:00 am - 7:00 pm

Arts & Crafts

Southport Waterfront Park Southport, NC, United States


July 2 @ 11:00 am - 10:00 pm

Food Concessions

Southport Waterfront Park Southport, NC, United States


July 2 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Children’s Entertainment

Organized by Brunswick Arts Council & Southport Rotary Club

Fort Johnston Lawn 203 E Bay St, Southport, NC, United States


July 2 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Summer Regional Artshow

Event of the Associated Artist of Southport

Franklin Square Gallery 130 E West St, Southport, NC, United States


July 2 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Military Exhibits

Southport Waterfront Park Southport, NC, United States


July 2 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Brunswick Summer Wind Ensemble

Fort Johnston Garrison Lawn 203 E Bay St, Southport, NC, United States


July 2 @ 4:00 pm

Red, White & Blue Freedom Flotilla

Organized by Cape Fear Yacht Club

Southport Waterfront Park Southport, NC, United States


July 2 @ 5:00 pm

Reading of The Declaration of Independence

Southport Waterfront Mainstage

Southport Waterfront Park Southport, NC, United States


July 2 @ 5:30 pm

A Salute to Veterans- Letters From Home

Southport Waterfront Mainstage

Southport Waterfront Park Southport, NC, United States


July 2 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Waterfront Stage Entertainment LunaSea

Southport Waterfront Park Southport, NC, United States


WEDNESDAY - JULY 3RD



July 3 @ 8:00 am - 11:00 am

Children’s Games-Registration 8am/Games at 9am-Event of the City of Southport, Parks & Recreation

Southport Waterfront Park Southport, NC, United States


July 3 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Historic Chapel of The Cross Self Guided Tours

St. Phillips Church 203 E Moore St, Southport, NC, United States


July 3 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

9/11 Remembered Traveling Memorial ~~Sponsored by The Southport Fire Department

Nash St Southport, NC, United States


July 3 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

NC Maritime Museum Open

Maritime Museum 204 E Moore St, Southport, NC, United States


July 3 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Military Exhibits

Southport Waterfront Park Southport, NC, United States


July 3 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Summer Regional Artshow

Event of the Associated Artist of Southport

Franklin Square Gallery


July 3 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 pm

Trolley available from Southport Elementary

Southport Elementary School 701 W 9th St, Southport, NC, United States


July 3 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Cape Fear Radio

Southport Waterfront Park Southport, NC, United States


July 3 @ 11:00 am - 7:00 pm

Arts & Crafts

Southport Waterfront Park Southport, NC, United States


July 3 @ 11:00 am - 10:00 pm

Food Concessions

Southport Waterfront Park Southport, NC, United States


July 3 @ 12:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Old Brunswick Jail Open-Event of the Southport Historical Society

Old Jail Annex Nash and Rhett St, Southport, NC, United States


July 3 @ 1:00 pm

Flag Retirement Ceremony

Waterfront Stage

Organized by Richard H. Stewart Jr. American Legion Post 543 and Cape Fear Council of Boy Scouts

Southport Waterfront Park Southport, NC, United States


July 3 @ 1:30 pm

440th Army Band

Fort Johnston Garrison Lawn 203 E Bay St, Southport, NC, United States


July 3 @ 2:30 pm - 3:45 pm

Naturalization Ceremony

Sponsored By Downtown Southport, Inc

Fort Johnston Garrison Lawn 203 E Bay St, Southport, NC, United States


July 3 @ 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Waterfront Stage Entertainment -Salty Dawgs

Southport Waterfront Park Southport, NC, United States


July 3 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

The Waterfront Mainstage Entertainment & Street Dance with The Embers

Southport Waterfront Park Southport, NC, United States


THURSDAY- JULY 4TH

July 4 @ 7:00 am - 10:30 am

Pancake Breakfast-Event of Trinity United Methodist Church

Trinity Methodist Church E Nash St, Southport, NC, United States


July 4 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Historic Chapel of The Cross Self Guided Tours

St. Phillips Church 203 E Moore St, Southport, NC, United States


July 4 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

9/11 Remembered Traveling Memorial

Sponsored by The Southport Fire Department

Nash St Southport, NC, United States


July 4 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Summer Regional Artshow

Event of the Associated Artist of Southport

Franklin Square Gallery 130 E West St, Southport, NC, United States


July 4 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 pm

Trolley available from Southport Elementary

Southport Elementary School 701 W 9th St, Southport, NC, United States


July 4 @ 10:15 am

Reading of The Declaration of Independence

Moore and Howe St Southport, NC, United States


July 4 @ 10:30 am

Flag Raising Ceremony

Organized by Brunswick Town Fort Anderson

Moore and Howe St Southport, NC, United States


July 4 @ 11:00 am

Fourth of July Festival Parade

Moore and Howe St Southport, NC, United States


July 4 @ 11:00 am - 9:00 pm

Arts & Crafts

Southport Waterfront Park Southport, NC, United States


July 4 @ 11:00 am - 10:00 pm

Food Concessions

Southport Waterfront Park Southport, NC, United States


July 4 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Cape Fear Radio

Southport Waterfront Park Southport, NC, United States


July 4 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

NC Maritime Museum Open

Maritime Museum 204 E Moore St, Southport, NC, United States


July 4 @ 1:00 pm

Flyover

Southport Waterfront Park Southport, NC, United States


July 4 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

First Responders Vehicle Display

Organized by City of Southport Fire & Police Dept.

Southport Waterfront Park Southport, NC, United States


July 4 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

UPWA Live Pro Wrestling

Nash St Southport, NC, United States


July 4 @ 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Waterfront Stage Entertainment with The Doorsmen

Southport Waterfront Park Southport, NC, United States


July 4 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Waterfront Stage Entertainment with Liquid Pleasure

Southport Waterfront Park Southport, NC, United States


July 4 @ 9:00 pm

4th of July Fireworks

Southport Waterfront Park Southport, NC, United States


July 4 @ 9:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Band Returns to Waterfront Stage

Southport Waterfront Park Southport, NC, United States



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