The North Carolina Fourth of July Festival in Southport, NC and Oak Island, NC has begun. Opening Ceremonies were held on Sunday, July 25, however, the Military Band Concert scheduled to be held that day will be rescheduled. You still have a chance to enjoy it. On Saturday, July 1, you can take part in Beach Day beginning at 8 AM with events on the beach and at E. F. Middleton Park in Oak Island, NC. Events will include a Horseshoe Tournament, youth activities, inflatables, rides, games, food, a Sand Sculpture Contest, Corn Hole Tournament. Bocce Ball Tournament, Volleyball Tournament, a Skate competition at Kevin Bell Skate Park, a Shag Contest and a Beach Day Concert with the Midnight Allie Band.

In Southport, NC, on Saturday, July 1, you can enjoy the Firefighters Freedom Competition & Apparatus Expo from 10 AM until 2 PM. The Arts & Crafts Market at Franklin Square Park will begin on Sunday and will run from 12 noon until 6 PM. On Monday and Tuesday it will run from 10 AM until 6 PM. There will be entertainment on the waterfront stage Sunday through Tuesday. At 6 PM on Sunday you can enjoy A Salute to Veterans at the Southport Community Building. On Monday, Childrens’ Games will take place on the Waterfront and the Garrison lawn. Food concessions will be available Sunday through Tuesday. On Monday at 4 PM don’t miss the Naturalization Ceremony on the Garrison lawn. There will be a Pancake Breakfast at the Trinity United Methodist Church on the morning of the fourth. The festival Parade will begin at 11 AM on the fourth as will the Shine & Show Classic Cars event, which will be held on Bay Street next to Waterfront Park. The Cape Fear yacht Club will hold their Commodore’s Regatta beginning at 2 PM on the fourth as well. The fourth will also include Old Smithville Burying Ground tour, Pro Wrestling, and raffle drawings at Franklin Square Gallery and at the waterfront for the Lions Club boat. Fireworks will begin at  PM at the waterfront. This listing is not all inclusive, but, as you can see, you are certain to find something you enjoy during the festival.

Residents of Bald Head Island, NC will have their own celebration. On Sunday, July 2, you can attend the annual Bald Head Island Conservancy Benefit Festival. Get your tickets at the Maritime Market or Turtle Central. There will also be a Golf Cart Parade on July 4 beginning at 9 AM at the Village Harbour Park. You can register your cart at: http://www.oldbaldy.org.

Don’t forget Free Fishing Day in North Carolina on July 4. No license will be required to fish in any public body of water that day.

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