The festival is steep in traditions and ceremonies but the 4th of July is also a celebration. The party is rocking at the Waterfront Stage with a variety of music and entertainment. The stage is located, beside Waterfront Park at the end of South Howe Street but the entertainment is only half the attraction with a backdrop of the Intracoastal Waterway and Cape Fear River, you just never know what will float by as you enjoy the sounds from the stage.


There is plenty of room at Waterfront Park to spread out a blanket or take advantage of the street closing and setup a chair on the pavement, just make sure to save room in front of the stage for the dance “floor”.


All that dancing and foot tapping you will surely whip up an appetite. Food vendors are located adjacent to the stage serving everything from blooming onions to funnel cakes and everything in between.

Franklin Square Park

Opening Ceremony

June 26th - Opening Ceremony

Opening Ceremony in Franklin Square Park, 130 E. West Street complete with reading of the Declaration of Independence and the raising of the flag by the Boy Scouts of America will begin at 6:00 p.m.  Sponsored by: City of Southport  & Southport Women's Club

Sponsored by:

June 26th- Military Band Concert

6:00.p.m. -  TBA, Franklin Square Park, 130 West West, Southport. Bring a chair or blanket. Sponsored by Southport Women's Club

Live Pro Wrestling

July 4th - Live Pro Wrestling

3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. - UPWA Pro Wrestling

Location TBA

Sponsored by:

Oak Island Beach Day Stage

July 1st -Middleton Park Extension, Oak Island

6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. - Cat 5 Band

Sponsored by:

Southport Community Building

A Salute to Veterans

July 2nd -Southport Community Building

6:00 p.m. - Program TBA

Sponsored by: River Road Animal Hospital

The public is invited. We encourage all Veterans in the area to attend. Please arrive early if you want to eat and sit inside the building. Seating is limited and this event is first come, first serve.

Sponsored by:

Fort Johnston Musuem & Southport Visitor Center Lawn

July 3rd-

3:00 p.m. - 3:40 p.m. - The Brunswick Big Band in Concert

Event of the Brunswick Big Band


Downtown Southport Waterfront Stage

July 2nd - Main Stage

1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.   Peggy Waterman and the Travelers

2:20 p.m. - 3:20 p.m.   TBA

3:40 p.m. - 4:40 p.m.   The Reflections Band

Organized by Up Your Arts- https://upyourarts.org/ 


7:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.  Steel County Express (Modern Country)           

July 3rd - Main Stage

1:00 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.  -  Rev and Doc

2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. -   The Lockwood River Band

Organized by Up Your Arts- https://upyourarts.org/


7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. - Liquid Pleasure Band

July 4th - Main Stage

1:00 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. - John P. Rogers

2:00 p.m. - 2:40 p.m. - Now Cat

3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. - Back Porch Rockers

Organized by Up Your Arts- https://upyourarts.org/


6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. -  Fantasy Band

9:30 p.m. - 10:00p.m. - Fantasy Band

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