Festival Highlights

  • Over 100 handmade arts and crafts on display


  • The delightful aroma of fair food permeates the air


  • The Cape Fear river serves as a backdrop for Main Stage Entertainment - best beach, top 40's and country bands each evening.


  • The most patriotic parade representing main street USA and televised on WECT TV6 "Where News Comes First".   The newly crowned Miss North Carolina will make one of her first appearances in the parade.


  • A Naturalization Ceremony that will move you to tears.
  • Fire Fighters Freedom Competition & Apparatus Expo- Competitive events - ladder climb, tanker tug, command post, bucket brigade and barrel push on Saturday, June 30th.
  • In 2018 the Stephen siller Tunnel to Towers 911 Never Forget Memorial Mobile Exhibit will be open for tours on Saturday, June 30th from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. and Sunday, July 1st from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Veterans Recognition - ceremony honoring the sacrifices of our armed service personnel who have served and paid for our freedom


  • Flag Retirement Ceremony - a ceremony that allows residents and visitors an opportunity to properly dispose of their USA flags


  • Beach Day-highlighting the activities popular at Southport's neighboring beach community Oak Island - volleyball, sandcastle building and shag contests to mention a few. Fireworks and concert the evening of June 30th. 
  • Children's Entertainment & Games - Remember the good old games including sack races and watermelon eating contests? We do.
  • Military Band Concert the Sunday before the festival complete with a reading of our nation's Constitution.


  • Brunswick Concert Band Concert - What could be more relaxing than hearing our favorite patriotic tunes being played by this community based band?


  • Shine and Show Classic Car Show - History on display through these beauties.


  • CFYC/State Port Pilot Commodore's Regatta- Sailboats under full sail entertain those on the Waterfront during the afternoon on July 4th.


  • Cheers and Jeers can be heard on the Garrison Lawn in the afternoon on July 4th as one of America's favorite entertainment sports is on display -UPWA Live Pro Wrestling.


  • Fireworks - What 4th of July festival would be complete without fireworks?
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