The festival is steep in traditions and ceremonies but the 4th of July is also a celebration. The party is rocking at the Waterfront Stage with a variety of music and entertainment. The stage is located, beside Waterfront Park at the end of South Howe Street but the entertainment is only half the attraction with a backdrop of the Intracoastal Waterway and Cape Fear River, you just never know what will float by as you enjoy the sounds from the stage.
There is plenty of room at Waterfront Park to spread out a blanket or take advantage of the street closing and setup a chair on the pavement, just make sure to save room in front of the stage for the dance “floor”.
All that dancing and foot tapping you will surely whip up an appetite. Food vendors are located adjacent to the stage serving everything from blooming onions to funnel cakes and everything in between.
June 25th - Military Band Concert Cancelled due to weather forecast. Opening
Ceremony will go on as planned.
3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. - 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing Band
Bring your own chair or blanket to the historic Fort Johnston Garrison Lawn, 203 E. Bay Street. Sponsored by: Downtown Southport Inc.
Opening Ceremony prior to Military Band Concert complete with reading of the Declaration of Independence and the raising of the flag by the Boy Scouts of America will begin on the Garrison Lawn at 2:40 p.m. Sponsored by: City of Southport
July 3rd - Brunswick Big Band Concert
3:00 p.m. - 3:40 p.m. - Brunswick Big Band
Bring your own chair or blanket to the historic Fort Johnston Garrison Lawn, 203 E. Bay Street.
July 4th - Live Pro Wrestling
3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. - UPWA Pro Wrestling
203 E. Bay Street
6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. - Midnight Allie Band
Sponsored by: N.C. 4th of July Festival
6:00 p.m. - Letters From Home -America's Bombshell Duo
1:00 p.m. - 1:40 p.m. Inspirations Dance Centre
2:00 p.m. - 2:40 p.m. The Delics (60's, blues, rock)
3:00 p.m. - 3:40 p.m. The Howard Brothers (inspirational)
4:00 p.m. - 4:40 p.m. MADD Dog Radio (rock, heavy metal)
7:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Mike's Garage Band
Fundraising Concert for the NC 4th of July Festival
July 3rd - Main Stage
1:00 p.m. - 1:40 p.m. - Groove Metal Appetite
2:00 p.m. - 2:40 p.m. - Rose Colored Glasses (bluegrass)
7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. - Street Dance - The Embers featuring Craig Woolard
1:00 p.m. - 1:40 p.m. Generations LIVE
2:00 p.m. - 2:40 p.m. Brunswick County Queens
3:00 p.m. - 3:40 p.m. Seth and Terry (blues, classic southern rock)
6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Tru Sol Band
9:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. Tru Sol Band