4th of July Parade
4th of July Parade


2018 NC 4th of July Festival Lineup
2018 Parade Line Up for numbers version1[...]
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2018 NC 4th of July Festival Parade Route & Unit Entry Map
4th of July Parade Map.pdf
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2018 NC 4th of July Festival Rules
Parade Rules 2018.pdf
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Date: July 4th

Time: 11:00 a.m.

Location: Parade begins at the Corner of Atlantic & Moore Streets.

Travels Moore to Howe Street.

Turns right onto Howe Street.

Follows Howe Street North to Fodale Avenue.

Turns right onto Fodale Avenue and ends just past Ocean Trail Heathcare & Rehabilitation Center

Sponsored by Dosher Memorial Hospital & WECT


Traffic Entry and Exit Info


Who doesn’t love a parade?


The current N.C. 4th of July Festival Parade began in 1964 but has roots dating back to 1700’s, when the ladies of Smithville (now the City of Southport) dressed in white and marched through the town in observance of Independence Day. Today’s parade is much longer and has a bigger variety, with over 120 units filling the streets as children’s eyes widen in delight when patriotic units pass by. An extra special treat is that the newly crowned Miss North Carolina makes one of her first appearances in the festival parade.


The parade is sponsored by Dosher Memorial Hospital, First National Bank & WECT TV6. Parade route begins at the corner of E. Moore Street and Atlantic Avenue, traveling E. Moore to N. Howe Street and following N. Howe to Fodale Avenue. The festival parade steps off at 11am on July 4th (unless July 4th is a Sunday and then it moves to Monday).

We are very honored to announce the 2018 NC 4th of July Festival Parade Marshal will be BMCS Josh R. Meyer, United States Coast Guard.
Boatswains Mate Senior Chief Joshua Meyer has served for 19 years active duty in the United States Coast Guard and is the current Officer in Charge of Motor Lifeboat Station Oak Island. He assumed command on 23 June 2017 and his previous command experience was served as the Executive Chief Petty Officer of Coast Guard Station Fort Pierce, FL. He also has served at Motor Lifeboat Station Shinnecock, NY. The Coast Guard Cutter Pea Island, Key West FL, Marine Safety and Special Patrol Detachment Huntington, WV. Coast Guard Station Lake Worth Inlet, FL, and the Coast Guard Cutter Escanaba, Boston , MA. His dear Wife is Sara and they have 3 Children together, Hailey, Cole and Owen.

For those who want to watch the parade from the comfort of their air-conditioned home, consider watching the parade on WECT TV6. The parade will be televised on the day of the parade LIVE from 11:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. on WECT TV6.


Click Here to Watch the Parade from WECT TV6 Website.

2018 Parade Rules
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Parade Route
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