NC July 4th Festival

Don’t miss out on the biggest festival of the year! Southport has been home to the largest Fourth of July Festival in the state since its start in 1972.

The patriotic spirit of America is alive and well in the City of Southport. For over 200 years this small maritime community has celebrated our nation’s independence in a big way. The celebration has grown from colonial times when ships lay anchor in her harbor and shot their cannons to today’s festival where 40,000 to 50,000 people come each year to bathe in the richness of spirit commemorating Old Glory. Incorporated as the N.C. 4th of July Festival in 1972 the festival committee strives to keep the focus of the festival on honoring our nation’s birthday with a little fun thrown in.

Festival highlights

•Over 100 handmade arts and crafts on display
•The delightful aroma of fair food permeates the air
•The Cape Fear river serves as a backdrop for Main Stage Entertainment – best beach, top 40’s and country bands each evening.
•The most patriotic parade representing main street USA and televised on WECT TV6 “Where News Comes First”
•A Naturalization Ceremony that will move you to tears
•Veterans Recognition – ceremony honoring the sacrifices of our armed service personnel who have served and paid for our freedom
•Flag Retirement Ceremony – a ceremony that allows residents and visitors an opportunity to properly dispose of their USA flags
•Beach Day – highlighting the activities popular at Southport’s neighboring beach community Oak Island – volleyball and shag contests to mention a few
•Freedom Run & Walk – runners and walkers enjoy an organized event encouraging a healthy America
•Children’s Entertainment & Games – Remember the good old games including sack races and watermelon eating contests? We do.
•Fireworks – What 4th of July festival would be complete without fireworks?

Click Here for the event calendar.

Info from the Fourth of July website for Southport, NC. For more information about the event, check it out online Here.

Also, try to make it to go see the 9/11 Memorial Flag in Southport, NC!!

9/11 Memorial FlagThe National 9/11 Flag was severely damaged in the collapse of the North Tower of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.

It was rescued by members of the New York City Fire Department and seven years later stitched back together by tornado survivors in Greensburg, Kansas.

The Flag is currently on a journey across America where local service heroes and the public will be given the privilege of stitching the flag back to its original 13 stripe format.

Once the flag is made whole again, it will become part of the permanent collection of the National September 11 Memorial Museum at Ground Zero.

Due to the efforts of Joan and Dick Stewart of St. James Plantation, near Southport, NC, who lost their son on 9/11, The Flag will be making its only stop in North Carolina in Southport on July 3rd and 4th.

It will be featured at the Naturalization Ceremony, the 4th of July Parade and the Sea Notes Concert. The public is invited to participate in the flag stitching ceremony on July 4th from 2 to 6PM at the Southport Baptist Church Christian Ministry Center.

For more information on the flag, go to

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Nolan Formalarie has been in the North Carolina Real Estate Industry for over 8 years and enjoys every minute of it. He is involved in every aspect of the industry including selling and purchasing residential property, home watch services, property management, association management and construction.