Location: Oak Island Pier, 705 Ocean Drive, Oak Island
Event of the Town of Oak Island to celebrate the consolidation of the Town of Yaupon Beach and Town of Long Beach to create the Town of Oak Island.
Date: July 4th
Time: 9:00 p.m.
Location: Southport Waterfront
In 1792, men of the Town of Smithville (Southport’s founding name) commemorated our nation’s independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain with a toast, as ships anchored in her harbor fired their cannons in celebration. Today crowds of people line the Waterfront in Southport and many “ships” anchor in the harbor to watch a brilliant fireworks display, launched from a barge in the Intracoastal Waterway. Plenty of oh’s and uh’s are packed into the 20 minute fireworks show which is the finale for the festival.
Stay after the fireworks and listen to the band on the Waterfront Stage from 9:30 p.m. -10:00 p.m.
In 2019, the Festival fireworks display was cancelled due to weather. The 2020 fireworks display will be bigger than usual due to the decision by the Festival Board of Directors to add the 2019 fireworks refund to the 2020 display and the continued support of American Fish Co. and Frying Pan.
An alternate fireworks viewing location is near the Oak Island Lighthouse on Caswell Beach Drive, Caswell Beach.
The Festival Fireworks on July 4th will open the fireworks display with The American Tribute. Three lone burst:
Red for the blood of many heroes shed;
White, for freedom's light still shining bright; and
Blue, for the courage to stand tall and true!
Let it remind us of the privilege that it is to be Americans and the cost of generations of sacrifice.