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 24th - Opening Ceremony
Opening Ceremony on the Garrison Lawn, 203 E. Bay Street 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 & Southport Women's Club
June 24th - 208th Army Band Concert
3:00.p.m. - 208th Army Band Concert, 203 E. Bay Street, Southport. Bring a chair or blanket. Sponsored by Southport Women's Club
Tryon County Militia of North Carolina’s American Revolutionary Living History Exhibit on July 2nd from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. on the Fort Johnston Garrison Lawn, Bay Street, Southport. Learn about the American Revolutionary period of our nation’s history from interpreters dressed in the clothes of the time. Demonstrations on pottery, sewing, calligraphy. On display are the guns and cannons of the day.
July 2nd - American Revolutionary Living History Exhibit
10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.- Tryon County Militia of North Carolina
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. - The Holiday Band
6:00 p.m. -
1:00 p.m. - 1:40 p.m. Brunswick County Queens
2:00 p.m. - 2:40 p.m. Acoustic Blend (well-knows songs from the 1960's through today)
3:00 p.m. - 3:40 p.m. Groove Metal Appetite (Rock & Roll)
4:00 p.m. - 4:40 p.m. Into the Fog (Newgrass & Folk)
7:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. The Brunswick Big Band
July 3rd - Main Stage
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. - Mike's Garage Band
7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. - Street Dance - Kenny Mann & Liquid Pleasure Band
1:00 p.m. - 3:40 p.m. Back Porch Rockers
6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Chairman of the Board featuring Ken Knox
9:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. Chairman of the Board featuring Ken Knox