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April 02, 2020

NC 4th of July Festival

We are all aware of the challenges we face the COVID-19 environment. Many individual and families continue to be affected by the virus. Our heart goes out those that are sick and caregivers and those mourning the loss of a loved one. Our local business community for the most part is at a stand-still and those that are operating their efforts are largely focused on serving the public’s essential needs.

In light of the pandemic and with the recommendation of the Honorable Mayor Joseph P. Hatem., MD, MPH., this year’s festival will be cancelled. It is worth noting that all City of Southport public events are cancelled through Labor Day. “The July 4th Celebration in Southport has been an iconic event for over 200 years. This year, due to the need for instituting public health mitigation measures for the protection of our city, our citizens, and our state, it is my recommendation during this COVID-19 Pandemic, that the Fourth of July Festival in 2020, this celebration of independence and freedom, be cancelled to assist in stopping the spread of this contagious disease. This was a difficult decision, but the most prudent one and will overall prevent disease and save lives.” Mayor Joseph P. Hatem, MD, MPH.

This year would have been the 225th year. While this year’s event has been canceled the committee with be with members of our community in spirit celebrating the nation’s Independence. The Festival’s mission to promote patriotism to the United States of America, the state of North Carolina, County of Brunswick and the City of Southport as first evidenced by the celebration of the Nation’s Independence by the military personnel at Fort Johnston and the local townspeople will return in 2021.

NC 4th of July Festival - July 2nd - 4th, 2020

Click Here for Calendar of Events for 2020

The N.C. 4th of July Festival is held annually in the City of Southport July 2nd – 4th and Town of Oak Island July 1st (unless it is a Sunday and then Beach Day is June 30th).   The City of Southport first celebrated our nation’s independence in 1792 as the “Festival of Free Men”.  Over the years the name of the festival changed until 1972, when the festival incorporated as the N.C. 4th of July Festival. Today, the festival celebrates our freedom as it remembers the sacrifices with some fun thrown into the mix. This year will be no exception.  Join the over 40,000 people who attend the N.C. 4th of July Festival each year.

Festival events include:

Naturalization Ceremony
Flag Raising Ceremony
Flag Retirement Ceremony
A Salute to Veterans
Over 100 Arts & Craft Booths
Food Vendors serving shrimp, burgers, bar-b-que, ice cream and more
Parade 11am on July 4th (except when the 4th is on a Sunday) Televised on WECT TV-6
Live Stage Entertainment
Franklin Square Art Gallery’s National Art Show
Shine & Show Classic Car Show
Voter Registration
Old Jail Tours
Lions Club Boat Raffle Drawing
Cape Fear Yacht Club’s Commodore Regatta
St. Philip Episcopal Chapel of the Cross Open
Children’s Entertainment
Children’s Games
Pancake Breakfast
Firefighters Competition
Military Band Concert – Sunday prior to festival
Beach Day Events –(sandcastle building, horseshoe, volleyball and shag contests plus evening concert).

The official dates of the festival are July 2nd -4th in Southport & July 1st in Oak Island; except when July 4th or Beach Day's July 1st is a Sunday, then events on the 4th move to July 5th and Beach Day moves to June 30th). For more information visit the Festival website at www.nc4thofjuly.com follow us on Facebook or contact the North Carolina 4th of July Festival, 4433 Long Beach Road, SE, Southport, NC 28461. Phone 910.457-5578 or e-mail us at [email protected]

N.C. 4th of July Festival