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.

Independence Day Fireworks

Since 2020, Up Your Arts has been responsible for managing the daytime music program for the North Carolina 4th of July Festival. Working with the festival committee, 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.

We are very happy to say, local talent is on center stage in 2022, with almost 30 acts booked over three full days of festival fun in both Southport and Oak Island. 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.

All 2022 Events

Jul 2022

American Fish Company

Bill Smith Park

This is in addition to the four regional favorites booked by the festival committee each night of the holiday, July 1-4, on the Main Stage at Southport’s waterfront and the OKI Pavilion Band Stand in Middleton Park; military band concerts on June 30 and July 3 and children’s entertainment July 2 on the lawn at Fort Johnston-Southport Museum and Visitors’ Center; and a benefit concert during the car show at OKI’s Bill Smith Park on July 2. The schedule is jam packed!

Three of the local venues cited above joined American Fish Company this year as official 4th of July sponsors, another first for Southport Tap & Cellar, Tiki Tavern, and Southport Coffee Co. & Kitchen (formerly Moore Street Market). UYA is proud to stand with them and the incredible group of local performers whose contributions to the quality of the year-round entertainment scene in Southport and Oak island is invaluable.

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