Make sure to get up early on July 4th at 6:06am for sunrise and to watch on Facebook (posted here after) as colonists from Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson State Historic Site raise the flag and local resident Ronald Thompson sings the National Anthem. We end the ceremony with the firing of the Southport Historical Society's cannon "Thor". These colonists perform a flag raising ceremony each year on July 4th during the Festival.
Then at 8am members from Boy Scout Troop #238 will show us how to properly fold the American Flag.
This Scout Troop aslo maintains several flag retirement drop off boxes around town including the one at the Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce (4433 Long Beach Road, Southport). After gathering the worn flags from the boxes the will retire them properly. The Scouts are one of only a few organizations authorized to perform a flag retirement ceremony.
A special thank you to the City of Southport Fire Department and Southport Lions Club for posting colors. The Fire Department will have the big American flag flying at the Waterfront and the flag will be flying along Howe Street on the electric poles July 2nd - 4th. The Southport Lions Club will post colors street level on July 4th.