Opening Ceremony

Date: June 25th

Time: 7:45 a.m.

Location:  Waterfront Park, 101 E. Bay Street

Sponsored by: City of Southport

The N.C. 4th of July Festival builds upon its ceremonial opening throughout the week and culminates with a grand fireworks display at Waterfront Park. The Opening Ceremony includes welcomes from the Mayor of The City of Southport and Festival President, singing of our national anthem by Kathie Lee (Party of Two) and a flag raising at Waterfront Park by the Boy Scouts of America. 

What is the proper stance during the National Anthem? United States Code, states that during a rendition of the national anthem, when the flag is displayed,

  • all present except those in uniform should stand at attention facing the flag with the right hand over the heart;
  • members of the Armed Forces and veterans who are present and not in uniform may render the military salute;
  • men not in uniform should remove their headdress with their right hand and hold the headdress at the left shoulder, the hand being over the heart;
  • individuals in uniform should give the military salute at the first note of the anthem and maintain that position until the last note;

When the flag is not displayed, all present should face toward the music and act in the same manner they would if the flag were displayed.

Star-Spangled Banner Lyrics

Oh say can you see by the dawn's early light
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight's last gleaming?
Whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight,
O'er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming?
And the rockets' red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.
O! say does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

On the shore, dimly seen through the glass of the deep,
Where the foe's haughty host in dread silence reposes,
What is that which the breeze, o'er the towering steep,
As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses?
Now it catches the gleam of the morning's first beam,
In full glory reflected now shines in the stream:
'Tis the star-spangled banner! Oh long may it wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave.


From a poem “Defence of Fort McHenry” written by Francis Scott Key, 1814

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