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 the year 1972 the festival committee strives to keep the focus of the festival on honoring our nation's birthday with a little fun thrown in.
Events are free to attend but some require a vendor/participation application and/or fee (such as the Freedom Run, Arts and Crafts Vendors, Parade Entrants, Beach Day Games, Shag Contest). Click on the button to the right for more info, purchase festival merchandise or register online.