Anticipation is in the air
Red , white and blue everywhere!

And that can mean only one thing – the NC 4th of July Festival is imminent. There will be crowds and traffic to rival any other time of the year in Brunswick County, NC, but with patience and good humor we can all enjoy great fun.

The 2018 event will begin on Saturday, June 30, in the Town of Oak Island, NC with the Beach Day events and in Southport, NC with the Fire Fighters Freedom Competition. Beach Day events will begin with a Horseshoe Tournament at 8 AM and end with a Concert by the Holiday Band from 6 PM until 9 PM. In between you can participate in youth activities and contests, a sand sculpture contest, Corn Hole, Bocce Ball and Volleyball Tournaments, a skateboard competition (at the Kevin Bell Skate Park), and a Shag Contest. In addition to the Fire Fighters Competition on Saturday, you can also view the 9/11 Never Forget Memorial Mobile exhibit and tour the Old Brunswick County Jail.

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July 2, 3 and 4 offer Arts and Crafts in Franklin Square Park from 10 AM until 6 PM and food concessions from 11 AM until 10 PM in the Waterfront Park area. Other events on Monday, July 2, include children’s entertainment in Keziah Park from 12 Noon until 2 PM and a Salute to Veterans in the Southport Community Building at 6 PM. On Tuesday, July 3, registration for Children’s Games at the waterfront begins at 8 AM and games begin at 9 AM. The Brunswick Big Band will play on the Fort Johnston lawn followed by the naturalization ceremony at 4 PM. From 4:45 PM until 5 :30 PM you can register to vote at the Southport Community Building and at 6 PM there will be a flag retirement ceremony at the corner of Howe and Moore Streets.

You can start you day on Wednesday, July 4, with a pancake breakfast from 7 AM until 10:30 AM at the Trinity United Methodist Church. At 10:30 AM there will be a flag raising ceremony at the corner of Moore and Howe streets and the parade will begin at 11 AM. From 11 AM until 4 PM you can enjoy Shine & Show Classic Cars on Bay Street next to Waterfront Park. Fireworks will begin at 9 PM and there will be an encore musical performance afterward.

Throughout the days of the festival you can tour the Maritime Museum; take in the Summer Regional Art Show at Franklin Square Gallery (and take part in their art raffle and win prizes yourself); tour the Chapel of the Cross; tour the Old Jail; and enjoy the Waterfront Stage Entertainment. What more could you want?


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:

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.