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Arts and Crafts Show
Arts and Crafts Show

The N.C. 4th of July Festival Arts and Crafts show had its humble beginnings as a street fair near Leggett's (now Ocean Outfitters) on East Moore Street. Over time, it grew in popularity and underwent a few location changes until it finally settled in Franklin Square Park. Franklin Square Park, situated adjacent to the Southport Baptist Church at the corner of N. Howe and E. West Streets, became its permanent home.

Concessions
Concessions

A variety of food and drink are available during the festival to fill you up as you partake in the numerous festival events. Your sense of smell will perk up when you near the concession areas. You will be tempted by the aroma of hot dogs, Greek gyros, Italian sausage, shrimp baskets, bar-b-que, blooming onions, and fries to funnel cakes, kettle corn, ice cream, cotton candy, and shaved ice.

Parade
Parade

The current N.C. 4th of July Festival Parade began in 1964 but has roots dating back to 1700’s, when the ladies of Smithville (now the City of Southport) dressed in white and marched through the town in observance of Independence Day. Today’s parade is much longer and has a bigger variety, with over 120 units filling the streets. An extra special treat is that the newly crowned Miss North Carolina makes one of her first appearances in the festival parade.

Kayak/SUP Parade
Kayak/SUP Parade

The Paddle Parade is open to kayaks, canoes and stand-up paddleboards. Participants will paddle to the west end of Oak Island toward Sheep Island and the Point before returning to Blue Water Point Marina. The route distance is approximately three miles.

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