On July 4th, Americans celebrate the day in 1776 on which our great nation was born with the ratification of the Declaration of Independence. Today, the midsummer holiday is marked by all manner of celebration, involving lots and lots of fireworks from sea to shining sea, including a nationally-recognized display in our own Southport, NC, and a number of other celebrations throughout beautiful Southeastern North Carolina.
Here are some of the great celebrations the Cape Fear Region has to offer, from Jacksonville to Calabash:
takes place on July 4th from 5-10 p.m. on the St Johns River in Downtown Jacksonville, including live music, family-friendly activities, food & drinks, and of course, fireworks over the river. Fireworks begin at 9:45 and can be seen from the Riverwalk on either side of the St Johns. is also an excellent spot to park a lawn chair and enjoy the show.
at Soundside Park (517 Roland Ave) takes place on July 3 with live music by and vendors starting at 5:30. Fireworks will begin at dusk.
takes place on July 4 from 4-10 p.m. at Municipal Park (417 Kraft St), featuring vendors, music, food and fireworks!
takes place at Waterfront Park (54 North Water Street) from 6-10 p.m. on the fourth featuring live entertainment, food, and vendors. According to the city of Wilmington “ ”
Pleasure Island’s featuring takes place on July 3rd at the Boardwalk Gazebo at Cape Fear Blvd and Carolina Beach Ave North. Music starts at 6:30 p.m. and fireworks kickoff at 9.
Southport has been doing it up on the 4th for over 200 years! The commemoration has grown into a massive festival which attracts 40-50,000 visitors each year. The event includes music, entertainment, games, arts and crafts, and food, as well as a wildly popular parade. Keep an eye out for the Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage & Offices’ float!
The parade begins on the 4th at the corner of Atlantic & Moore Streets at 11am. At 9 p.m. crowds will gather at the Southport Waterfront for a fireworks display and a band on the Waterfront Stage at 9:30. For more information, visit
Ocean Isle Beach will feature a fireworks display on July 3 at 9 p.m. from the Ocean Isle Beach Pier. The Ocean Isle Beach parade, on July 4th beginning at 10 am, will feature decorated golf carts and bicycles. Those interested in participating should be at the
begins on the 4th at 5 p.m. on the waterfront lot next to . Festivities include food, games, a dunk tank, raffles, live music and more! Fireworks start at 9 p.m.
A few of our agents weighed in with their favorite 4th of July memories:
“My greatest memory of the Southport 4th of July celebration is serving as Chairman of the Festival in 2007 and 2008. My favorite aspect was working with so many dedicated volunteers that are always available to help and the appreciation of so many festival attendees that come back year after year to be a part of the event.”
--Ben Styers, Southport Office
“There are so many things that I love about Southport, our happiest seaside town, but the week of July 4th elicits a whole new level of pride in our hometown. My family tries to soak in as much as we can. We bike ride to everything, the festival, parade, street dance, and of course the fireworks over the Cape Fear!”
--Shelly Morrow, Oak Island Office
“Since my mom passed away, my dad and I have made it a tradition to enjoy the Southport Fourth of July festivities together. Our favorite event is the volunteer Firefighters Freedom Competition. It is the same type of competition my dad was in 60 years ago. If we’re lucky we get cooled down by the spray of the fire hose during the water barrel event. Witnessing the Naturalization Ceremony is a memorable and touching experience. Don’t miss the Arts & Crafts show they always have really cool stuff. Make sure you bring your lawn chairs and plenty to drink.”
--Lea Anne Werder, Southport Office
“We always have a freedom feast and then we load up in the pickup trucks and head down to the park in the Town of Holly Ridge. For a small little town, they have a pretty epic show! They shoot them off in the bottom corner of the park, so you are literally underneath the fireworks and can feel the ground shake. it's very cool to be able to lay back in the grass and look up and just take it all in… Now when my husband and I were dating in high school, he lived with his mom in the green house next to the Speedway gas station on Highway 17. We always used to climb out on the very top of the roof to watch them over the top of the trees”
--Christina Asbury, Sneads Ferry Office