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.

Ft. Johnston Garrison Lawn

Opening Ceremony

June 24th - Opening Ceremony

Opening Ceremony prior to Military Band Concert 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

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Live Pro Wrestling

July 4th - Live Pro Wrestling

3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. - UPWA Pro Wrestling

203 E. Bay Street

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Oak Island Beach Day Stage

June 30th -Middleton Park Extension, Oak Island

6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. - The Holiday Band

Sponsored by: N.C. 4th of July Festival

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Southport Community Building

A Salute to Veterans

July 2nd -Southport Community Building

6:00 p.m. -

Sponsored by: Duke Energy & River Road Animal Hospital

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Downtown Southport Waterfront Stage

July 2nd - Main Stage

1:00 p.m. - 1:40 p.m.  

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.  

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

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July 4th - Main Stage

1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.   Back Porch Rockers

2:00 p.m. - 2:40 p.m.   

3:00 p.m. - 3:40 p.m.   

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

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