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 - 208th Army Band ComboNation 9.0

3:00.p.m. -  208th Army Band ComboNation 9.0 (Jazz Band), 203 E. Bay Street, Southport. Bring a chair or blanket. Sponsored by Southport Women's Club

July 3rd - Brunswick Big Band

Enjoy the smooth sounds of the Brunswick Big Band on the Garrison Lawn, 203 E. Bay Street at 3:00 p.m. - 3:40p.m.. Then stay for the Naturalization Ceremony beginning at 4:00 p.m.

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

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Southport Community Building

A Salute to Veterans

July 2nd -Southport Community Building

6:00 p.m. - Letters from Home Vietnam Show


Sponsored by: Carillon Assisted Living in Southport & River Road Animal Hospital

The public is invited. We encourage all Veterans in the area to attend. Please arrive early if you want to eat and sit inside the building. Seating is limited and this event is first come, first serve. There will be additional seating with large screen viewing outside the Community Building for those arriving after inside seating is full.

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Downtown Southport Waterfront Stage

July 2nd - Main Stage

1:00 p.m. - 2:10 p.m.    Southport Johnny & the Bizness

2:25 p.m. - 3:35 p.m.    Two +2

3:50 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.    Perfect Blend

7:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.     Southern Voice (Country)                                

July 3rd - Main Stage

1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. -   Generations Live

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

July 4th - Main Stage

1:00 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.  Sara Hughes

1:30p.m. - 2:15p.m.    Visiting Queens and Kings

3:00p.m. - 4:00p.m.    Skip Groove Band

6:00 p.m. -  9:00 p.m. The Catalinas

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

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