There are a limited number of roadways into and out of the City of Southport, so bring your patience. Be prepared to spend some time in traffic when entering and exiting the City, especially before and after the parade and fireworks. Pay strict attention to safety officers. Officers will be stationed at key locations to guide you quickly and safely to your destination. There will also electronic information signs located on main thoroughfares during the festival to provide information to motorists.
For a more enjoyable festival experience:
POLICE COMMAND POST: will be in operation at the intersection of Howe & Moore Streets to provide information and assistance to visitors. Insure that all in your traveling party are familiar with the location of the Police Command Post in case you become separated. Officers of the Southport Police, Brunswick County Sheriff's Office and the NC State Highway Patrol will be available if you need assistance.
FIRST AID STATIONS: Southport Rescue Squad will have a First Aid Station at the 111 E. Nash Street from 12noon - 8pm July 2, 3, & 4th. The Rescue Squad Station will also be manned for a Food Drive on these days from 8am-8pm. If you are in need of rescue services please dial 911 or stop by the Station Headquarters or the First Aid Station.
July 2nd - 4th:
July 4th Only - In addition to the above locations there will be a portable toilet:
July 1st Only - Beach Day:
Year-Round - Southport:
Year-Round - Oak Island:
Child Safety & Digital Heat Display – July 2nd – 4th from 10:00a.m. – 6:00p.m. at the Corner of S. Howe & Moore Streets. These are facts from Safe Kids of NC. Every year, 35 to 40 children across the country die from heat exposure in vehicles. Sadly, these deaths can be prevented. The temperature inside a vehicle can rise to almost 200 degrees in just 10 minutes. In fact, it gets so hot that s’mores can be cooked in the backseat. A child’s body heats up 3 to 5 times faster than adults. Even a few minutes of heat exposure can be dangerous for a child. July is historically the deadliest month for child fatalities in hot cars. NEVER leave a child unattended in a car, for any length of time or at any time of the year. Event of City of Southport Police Department, Buckle Up NC and NC Department of Insurance & Safe Kids.
PET POLICY: For the safety and comfort of our visitors and pets, leave your pets at home. The N.C. 4th of July Festival Pet Policy discourages pets on the Festival grounds, excluding service dogs and law enforcement dogs .
This policy is in place out of respect and safety for the animals. Pets become a liability and logistical challenge when they are brought to the Festival. The Festival hosts more than 50,000 visitors. The size of these crowds and noise associated with festival events can prove a threat to the safety of your pets.
Most importantly the heat is a real concern for the health of pets. Pavement, metal and tar-coated asphalt get extremely hot and can burn their feet. Make prior arrangements to ensure proper care is given to your pets while attending the Festival. Do not leave pets unattended in parked cars, regardless as to whether a window may be open.
CITY OF SOUTHPORT PET REGULATIONS ABBREVIATED: