Safety Message from Chief of Police Todd Coring
The NC 4th of July Festival is an exciting time for the City, residents and many visitors who attend each year. Southport welcomes thousands from across the country to celebrate our Nations Independence. Our city grows from our average population of 3800 to the most recorded 60,000 for a week of family fun, entertainment and fireworks.
With the increase of visitors and festivities comes planning and preparation to assure the safest event possible. Southport Police Department begins planning in early February meeting with various agencies both local and state to assure we have resources and manpower ready to address any need. Monthly meetings are held at the Southport Emergency Operations Center to finalize schedules, emergency operations planning, and equipment needs. Agencies include but not limited to Southport Police, Fire and Public Works, Brunswick Emergency Management and EMS, Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office and 911 Communications Center, neighboring Police Departments, North Carolina Emergency Management and Highway Patrol. The Southport Oak Island Chamber of Commerce and City of Southport officials also play a vital role in planning holding a series of monthly meetings to prepare and assure readiness.
With that being said I’d like to personally welcome you to Southport for this year’s festival and hope you have an enjoyable time with us. Southport has been the host city for the State’s Festival for many years. Being born and raised in Southport enjoying the festival each year I’ve seen the many parades, craft shows, vendors and fireworks. I’d like to take this time to offer some advice and safety tips to help make your stay with us pleasant and enjoyable.
Police Station and Command Post
The Southport Police Department has moved to a new location since January. Our new Office is located at 1029 N Howe Street upstairs. We will also have a command post established in the old bank building located at the corner of Howe and Moore Street. This will allow you better access to officers should you need us. We will have staff at both locations during the festival however our command post will be the best place to reach us. We will also have Officers and Deputies on foot and bike patrols throughout the festival areas. Southport Police will be assisted by deputies and officers from across Brunswick County working under our current mutual aid agreements. Officers will be in uniform, so we are noticeable and highly visible to festival goers. Should you have an emergency please call 911 for assistance. Routine matters such as lost items, directions or routine matters please stop by our command post or flag down officers. Our non-emergency officer number is 910-457-7911. We pride ourselves on customer service and stand ready to assist whatever the need.
Again, welcome to Southport. My hope is that your stay here and 4th of July experience will be relaxing and memorable.
Chief Todd Coring
Southport Police Department
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.
It is the policy of the NC 4th of July Festival to prohibit drone usage over designated festival areas. Refer to festival schedule for those areas.
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 - 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. This same warning applys to pets. NEVER lead a pet unattended in a car, for any length of time or at any time of the year.
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: