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It’s time to celebrate our nation’s birthday with the 2021 NC Fourth of July Festival, held this year in two locations – Southport and Oak Island.

Although this year’s festival schedule has been cut and changed a bit due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, America’s patriotic spirit is alive and well in the community for the many events still scheduled for July 1-4.

Like our nation and its resilient people, the NC Fourth of July Festival seeks to return to a sense of normalcy and has taken great strides towards that goal this year.

Still, it will be a different type of festival as some restrictions remain on mass gatherings – there is no parade, no fire fighting competition, and no main stage entertainment or concerts along the Southport waterfront.

However, there are two Oak Island Fireworks Nights on Thursday July 1st and Sunday July 4th. Oak Island Beach Day activities are held on Thursdays, which include band appearances and the annual Middleton Crafts Fair, park, professional wrestling, and more.

Celebrations in Southport include readings of the Declaration of Independence, children’s entertainment on the Fort Johnston lawn, smaller entertainment venues with local bands performing in various locations across town, cemetery tours, flag-raising and retirement ceremonies, and the Red White and Blue Freedom Flotilla on the Southport Waterfront . And don’t forget the Red White and Blue Car Show at Bill Smith Park on Long Beach Road.

For a full schedule of festival events, see the official NC Festival Program for July 4th, 2021 included in this edition of The State Port Pilot. Or visit you www.nc4thofjuly.com online for the latest updates.

Last year, the festival was held virtually due to health concerns, lockdowns and strict gathering restrictions due to COVID-19. While large gatherings are still largely avoided this year, there are plenty of activities for families to enjoy returning during the region’s Independence Day celebrations and the state’s official July 4th festival.

Thursday 1st July

Beach day events

Middleton Park pavilion area

8 a.m. – horseshoe tournament

10 a.m. – Registration for games

11 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Inflatable rides

6 p.m. to 9 p.m. – concert with Gary Lowder

and Smokin ‘Hot Band

6 to 6.45 p.m. – Registration for the Shag Contest

7pm – Shag Contest starts when the band breaks up

Boardwalk at 46th Street Cabana

11 am – bocce, cornhole and

Beach volleyball tournaments

4 p.m. – sand castle competition

4 p.m. to 8 p.m. – Food truck rodeo

Oak Island Pier

9 p.m. – Fireworks: beach day and

Oak Island Anniversary Celebration

Southport Event

9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. – American Red Cross blood

journey

Indian Trail Meeting Hall, 113 W. Moore St.

Saturday 3rd July

10 a.m. – Reading of the Declaration of Independence

Moore Street Market, 130 E. Moore Street,

South port

10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. – Sign the declaration from

independence

Cattail Cottage, 122 N. Howe Street, Southport

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. – NC Maritime Museum at

Southport open, with coloring, scavenger hunt

for children;

11 am to 3 pm pirate hike;

12 p.m. and 2 p.m. duck races.

204 N. Howe Street

10 a.m. to 5 p.m. – handicraft market

Middleton Park Pavilion area

For more information and more

Events in the area visit the festivals

Website.

www.nc4thofjuly.com

10:00 a.m. – Smithville Burying Ground

Tour with Musette Steck

401 E. Moore Street, Southport

10 a.m. to 3 p.m. – animation for children

Fort Johnston Southport Museum and visitors

Center, 203 E. Bay Street

10 a.m. to 3 p.m. – Musical guests with the children

Entertainment event: 10 a.m., The Lotus

Collective band; 11 o’clock, turning the

Wheel; 12 noon, Benjamin T. Higgins; 1

Watch, the lotus collective band;

2pm, Southport Shanty Crew.

10:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. – Red, white and blue cars

Show at Bill Smith Park with music from Back

Porch rocker

12 noon – reading of the Declaration of Independence

Southport Market, 104 S. Howe Street,

South port

2 p.m. – Reading of the Declaration of Independence

Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage,

108 S. Davis Street, Southport

2:00 p.m. – Smithville Burying Ground

401 E. Moore Street, Southport

4:00 p.m. – celebration to mark the farewell of the flags

Fort Johnston Southport Museum

and Visitor Center, 203 E. Bay Street

entertainment

12 p.m. to 1 p.m. – Radio Rahab (rock)

Middleton Park Pavilion

1 p.m. to 4 p.m. – The Christine Martinez Band

American Fish Co., 150 Yacht Basin Drive,

South port

12 p.m. to 2 p.m. – Parlay (90s, classic rock,

Blues and jam songs)

2 p.m. to 4 p.m. – Nowcat (Americana, Rock, Country

Soul) Southport Tap and Cellar,

827 N. Howe Street, Southport

1 p.m. to 3 p.m. – Little Big House Band

3 p.m. to 5 p.m. – The Reflections Band (50s, 60s and)

70s skirt)

– – – – – – – –

Sunday 4th July

entertainment

12 p.m. to 4 p.m. – John Rogers and Friends (Austin

Sapp and Lori Spencer, Jamie Dooley)

Moore Street Market, 130 E. Moore Street,

South port

12 p.m. to 4 p.m. – Open Jam with Wendy Love

Tiki Tavern, 104 E. 8th Street, Southport

– – – – – – – –

11:45 a.m. – Flag-raising ceremony

Ft. Johnston Garrison Lawn

12 noon – reading of the Declaration of Independence

Ft. Johnston Garrison Lawn

1 p.m. – Reading of the Declaration of Independence

Southport Market, 104 S. Howe Street

2 p.m. – reading of the Declaration of Independence

Moore Street Market, 130 E. Moore Street

2:00 p.m. – Smithville Burying Ground Tour

401 E. Moore Street, Southport

3 p.m. to 5 p.m. – UPWA Pro Wrestling

Middleton Park Pavilion area, Oak Island

2 p.m. to 4 p.m. – Freedom Flotilla

along the Intracoastal Waterway

9 p.m. Fireworks from Oak Island Pier

The schedule of the NC Fourth of July Festival includes

Times, dates and information at the time of publication.

Some times can change. For the most current

can be found in this week’s edition of The State Port Pilot

or visit www.nc4thofjuly.com.



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