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 a full week of festivities, attended by more than 60,000 people each year.
In 2020, Up Your Arts was invited to join the North Carolina 4th of July Festival Committee with ongoing responsibility to manage the daytime music program on Southport’s waterfront. Prior to the festival being cancelled due to pandemic restrictions, UYA booked all available timeslots July 2-4 with local musicians willing to perform gratis.
Several new festival-related ideas were being explored simultaneously, including using the Southport Community Building deck to showcase dance groups, storytellers, and smaller music ensembles, including chamber music players and jazz quartets.
Also, in partnership with the Southport Historical Society, UYA planned to pay tribute to the 100th anniversary of passage of the 19th Amendment guaranteeing women’s right to vote. The first woman registered to vote in Southport, Anna Miller, would be portrayed by SHS Vice President Liz Fuller, in a living history demonstration to take place at the Old Brunswick County Jail Museum on Nash Street.
These and similar efforts will be pursued when the festival is allowed to continue.