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 23rd - 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

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June 23rd - TBA

3:00.p.m. -  TBA, 203 E. Bay Street, Southport. Bring a chair or blanket. Sponsored by Southport Women's Club

American Revolutionary Living History Exhibit

Tryon County Militia of North Carolina’s American Revolutionary Living History Exhibit on July 2nd, July 3rd & July 4th from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. on Fort Johnston on waterfront side of the Southport Community Building, 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 - July 4th- American Revolutionary Living History Exhibit

10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.-  Tryon County Militia of North Carolina

203 E. Bay Street

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

July 1st -Middleton Park Extension, Oak Island

6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. - Steve Owens and Summertime Band

Sponsored by:

Southport Community Building

A Salute to Veterans

July 2nd -Southport Community Building

6:00 p.m. - TBA

Sponsored by: Carillon Assisted Living in Southport & 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.   

3:00 p.m. - 3:40 p.m.   

4:00 p.m. - 4:40 p.m.   

7:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.                                      

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July 3rd - Main Stage

1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. -  

7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. - Tru Sol Band

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July 4th - Main Stage

1:00 p.m. - 3:40 p.m.   

6:00 p.m. -  9:00 p.m. The Catalinas

9:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. The Catalinas

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