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?

CHASING THE BALL

Dogs and balls go together like, well, like balls and dogs. There’s nothing your dog loves to do more than chase and retrieve a ball – except maybe sleep. They would do it for hours if your arm did not give out. But, if you think about it, they are not much different than people. We chase balls on football fields, on volley ball courts, on baseball and softball diamonds, on tennis courts, on basketball courts, on soccer fields, on pool tables – even on the beach.

In Brunswick County, NC, the most popular place to chase balls is on the golf course. Due to the moderate weather and the number of public golf courses to be found here, golf ball chasing enthusiasts can do their chasing year round. For variety, you might try a different course every time you play golf. Check them out here:

Bald Head Island, NC:

The Bald Head Island Club

Boiling Spring Lakes, NC:

The Lakes Country Club

Oak Island, NC:

Oak Island Golf & Country Club
Oak Island Par 3 Golf Course at South Harbor

Ocean Isle Beach, NC:

The Big Cats Golf Courses at Ocean Ridge Plantation

Shallotte, NC:

Brierwood Golf Club
River’s Edge Golf Club & Plantation

Calabash, NC:

Brunswick Plantation and Golf Resort
Crow Creek Golf Course
The Pearl Golf Links

Carolina Shores, NC:

Carolina Shores Golf & Country Club

Holden Beach, NC:

Lockwood Folly Country Club

Sunset Beach, NC:

Oyster Bay Golf Links
Sandpiper Bay Golf & Country Club
Thistle Golf Club

Leland, NC:

Cape Fear National at Brunswick Forest
Magnolia Greens Golf Course

Bolivia, NC:

Carolina National Golf Club at Winding River Plantation

FITNESS IN BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC

Many people view keeping fit as a lot of work, but if you enjoy being out of doors, keeping fit can be fun – especially here where we are blessed with beautiful weather. A fitness routine can include such enjoyable exercise as a walk on the beach; a swim; a bicycle ride; a game of tennis; a day at the skate park; a round of golf; a game of volleyball; a kayak adventure; an excursion on a paddleboard; a day of surfing; organized games of softball and more. It is important to be active throughout your life in any way you can to keep yourself healthy and happy as well. Brunswick County, NC offers opportunities for doing this from organized games for kids to a variety of fitness classes at its senior centers. You will also find fitness centers that offer weight lifting, treadmills, zumba classes, crossfit training, pilates. tai chi, aerobics classes – any kind of exercise that fits your lifestyle. Here are a few of the fitness centers in Brunswick County, NC where you can find the type of exercise that fits you best:

Cape Fear Fitness & Crossfit, Southport (http://southport.insiderinfo.us/health-wellness/yoga-pilates-tai-chi/cape-fear-fitness-and-crossfit-southport/profile/)

Oak island Parks and Recreation Department (http://southport.insiderinfo.us/health-wellness/fitness-center/oak-island-parks-and-recreation-department/profile/)

Body Dimensions, Shallotte (http://oceanislebeach.insiderinfo.us/health-wellness/fitness-center/body-dimensions/profile/)

SUMMER SPORTS

School is out! We, in Brunswick County, NC are very lucky that there are lots of outdoor activities to keep kids busy during the summer as well as a safe environment in which they can do them. The abundance of water features offers so may opportunities like swimming, surfing, paddle boarding, kayaking, riding a ski-do, seining for bait and fishing. On the beach they can go shelling, build sand castles, play with sand toys, bury each other and their parents. They can ride bicycles, go skateboarding, ride a scooter or an EZ roller, go roller skating and play in the many parks. Brunswick County Parks and Recreation Department offers a variety of team sports to kids as well, as do the recreation departments of most towns. These include volleyball, tennis, Dixie Girls Softball, Dixie Boys Baseball, basketball, soccer, cheerleading, disc golf and sign up for football. Here are links for reaching these recreation departments and for more information.

Southport, Oak Island and Boiling Spring Lakes:  http://southport.insiderinfo.us/sports-fitness-parks/recreation-department/

Leland: http://leland.insiderinfo.us/sports-fitness-parks/

Brunswick County: http://oceanislebeach.insiderinfo.us/sports-fitness-parks/