NC 4TH OF JULY FESTIVAL

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?

CELEBRATE INDEPENDENCE II

Friday begins the fun anew with Beach Day on Oak Island, NC with rides, games food and tournaments like Bocce Ball, Volleyball, Horse Shoes and Corn Hole in the morning at Middleton Park Soccer Field where registration for events takes place as well. At noon, the Sand Sculpture Contest begins, followed by a Skate Competition at the Kevin Bell Skate Park at 2 PM. 6 PM brings a concert by the Holiday Band and a shag contest. Fireworks at 9 PM round out the day at the Oak Island Pier.

On Saturday, 8 AM begins the registration at the waterfront in Southport, NC, for the children’s games. From 10 AM until 2 PM the Fire Fighters Freedom Competition & Apparatus Expo can be enjoyed. The  competitive events include the barrel push, bucket brigade, ladder climb, command post and tanker tug. Arts and Crafts are available in Franklin Square Park on Saturday from 10 AM until 6 PM, on Sunday from 12 Noon until 6 PM and on Monday from 10 AM until 6 PM. You can enjoy musical entertainment at Waterfront Park on Saturday, Sunday and Monday from 1 PM until 10 PM with a street dance on Sunday from 7 PM until 10 PM. Other events throughout the day on Sunday include the Brunswick Concert Band, tours of the Old Smithville Burying Ground, voter registration, a naturalization ceremony and a flag retirement ceremony.

A Pancake Breakfast begins Monday morning at Trinity United Methodist Church, from 7 AM until 10:30 AM followed by a flag raising ceremony at 10 :30 AM and the parade at 11 AM. This day also includes classic cars, a regatta, pro wrestling, a boat raffle drawing, an art raffle drawing at Franklin Square Gallery and – finally – fireworks beginning at 9 PM and followed by a musical performance.