Welcome to the Home of the North Carolina 4th of July Festival!

The patriotic spirit of America is alive and well in the City of Southport. For over 200 years this small maritime community has celebrated our nation's independence in a big way. The celebration has grown from colonial times when ships lay anchor in her harbor and shot their cannons to today's festival where 40,000 to 50,000 people come each year to bathe in the richness of spirit commemorating Old Glory. Incorporated as the N.C. 4th of July Festival in the year 1972 the festival committee strives to keep the focus of the festival on honoring our nation's birthday with a little fun thrown in.

How to Register

Events are free to attend but some require a vendor/participation application and/or fee (such as the Freedom Run, Arts and Crafts Vendors, Parade Entrants, Beach Day Games, Shag Contest).  Click on the button to the right for more info, purchase festival merchandise or register online.

Festival    Highlights


The patriotic parade is one of the most popular festival events and is televised on WECT TV6 "Where News Comes First".

Fun for the Whole Family


Music, Entertainment & Games: Remember the good old games including sack races and watermelon eating contests? We do!

Delightful Food & Crafts


Over 100 handmade arts and crafts are on display and available for purchase  and the delightful aroma of fair food permeates the air.

Spectacular Fireworks


Looking for amazing fireworks and scenery? One of the most impressive displays on the East Coast awaits you this year!

Select events you would like to apply or register. Events are free to attend.Some require application and/or fee.

Click on the button below to view our live festival feed from our Facebook Page and stay connected with us.

Contact Us

North Carolina 4th of July Festival

Southport-Oak Island Area

Chamber of Commerce
4433 Long Beach Rd., SE

Southport, NC 28461

TEL (910) 457-5578
Fax (910) 457-0598

Email: patriot@nc4thofjuly.com

Historic Southport, NC

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