For over 200 years, Southport has celebrated our nation's independence in a big way and they invite you to join the celebrations! Southport first celebrated our nation's independence in 1792 as the "Festival of Free Men" and continued the celebrations for two centuries. The festival incorporated as the N.C. 4th of July Festival in 1972. Festival events include: reading of the Declaration of Independence, military band concert, naturalization ceremony, veterans' recognition ceremony, fire fighters' freedom competition, 9/11 Never Forget mobile exhibit, over 100 arts & crafts booths, food vendors, parade, children's games and entertainment, live stage entertainment, art show, classic car show, sailing regatta, historic tours and more.


Karen Sphar

Waterfront Park East Bay Street
Southport, NC 28461

(910) 457-6964

Updated June 10, 2019