North Carolina 4th of July Festival
Every year in July, the entirety of North Carolina looks to the coast for the ultimate independence day celebration experience. The North Carolina Fourth of July Festival in Southport is almost a full week of festivities, attended by more than 60,000 people each year.
Up Your Arts has been responsible for managing the daytime music program of the festival during the last four years. In 2020, UYA navigated the special circumstances brought on by the coronavirus pandemic and augmented the festival’s traditional entertainment schedule by inviting local musicians to perform in Southport venues not previously included in the list of official 4th of July activities.
In 2021, UYA again brought local talent and venues center stage by scheduling performances in Middleton Park on Oak Island, American Fish Company, Southport Tap and Cellar, the Tiki Tavern, and Southport Coffee Co. & Kitchen (then Moore Street Market).
In 2022, the list of performers expanded to almost 30 different acts spread throughout Southport and Oak Island. Also that year, all the previous year’s venues joined American Fish to become official festival sponsors.
Now in 2023, after being appointed by the 4th of July festival committee to lead its community entertainment division, Up Your Arts is responsible for production of all 33 featured stage performances, including the Southport Waterfront Stage, day and night; and the original venues, back again as sponsors, are joined by one of Southport’s newest gathering places, The Haven.
2023 UYA Managed Fourth of July Festival Events
|S 6:00p||Carl Newton Review||Middleton Park Extension|
|S 10:00a||Generations Church||Southport Waterfront Park|
|S 1:00p||Sundance||Tiki Tavern|
|S 1:00p||Exacta Dave||Southport Tap and Cellar|
|S 1:00p||Back Porch Rockers||American Fish Company|
|S 1:00p||Jeremiah Reyes||Southport Waterfront Park|
|S 1:00p||Trip McCool||Southport Coffee Co. & Kitchen|
|S 1:00p||Jazz Reflections||The Haven|
|S 2:20p||Lockwood River Band||Southport Waterfront Park|
|S 2:30p||Keith Earnshaw||Southport Coffee Co. & Kitchen|
|S 2:30p||The Reflections||Tiki Tavern|
|S 2:30p||Up the Creek||The Haven|
|S 7:00p||Monkey Funktion||American Fish Company|
|S 7:00p||Highway Miles||Southport Waterfront Park|
|M 12:00p||Chris Mozy||Southport Waterfront Park|
|M 1:00p||Alysumm||Southport Tap and Cellar|
|M 1:00p||All About the Beat||Tiki Tavern|
|M 1:00p||Louise Gilbert Duo||American Fish Company|
|M 1:00p||David Condon||Southport Coffee Co. & Kitchen|
|M 1:00p||Jeremiah Reyes||The Haven|
|M 1:30p||Salty Dawgs||Southport Waterfront Park|
|M 2:30p||Sandy Branch Bluegrass Band||American Fish Company|
|M 6:00p||Parlay||American Fish Company|
|M 7:00p||Jeff and Kathy Brooks||Tiki Tavern|
|M 7:00p||Resoul||Southport Waterfront Park|
|T 1:00p||Jamie Dooley||Southport Waterfront Park|
|T 1:00p||Charlene & the Bluegrass Charlatans||The Haven|
|T 1:00p||The Ford Project||Tiki Tavern|
|T 1:00p||Jo Jo Boomer Band||Southport Coffee Co. & Kitchen|
|T 1:00p||Riff Tide||Southport Tap and Cellar|
|T 2:30p||Parlay||Southport Waterfront Park|
|T 7:00p||The Castaways||Southport Waterfront Park|
Fans of classic rock, blues, beach, and Americana music will have no problem finding something to dance to this year, nor will enthusiasts of the more laid-back action of jazz combos, Irish tunes, and solo artists. As you can see the list of performers is long and chock full of amazing musicians for a solid four days, July 1-4.
One more star attraction: we hope you will enjoy yourselves immensely at the newly relocated Southport Waterfront Stage – it is off the asphalt and onto the grass, very cool and much cooler. Bring your lawn chairs!
For a complete list of all festival activities, from the 38th Annual Fire Fighters Freedom Competition & Apparatus Expo to the Naturalization Ceremony, check out the schedule on the North Carolina Fourth of July Festival website brought to you by the folks at TheEventGuide.com.