North Carolina-Southport NC-July 5


North Carolina People, Places, and Things-July 5

I am the dad to five adult children. As they were growing up I attempted to remind them they were special and to implore them to learn something new. My goal was to do that daily.

In 2016 my goal is to learn something new daily on the people, places, and things that make North Carolina special. Everyday this year I am doing a post on what I have learned new.

Southport, NC is a small maritime community on the mouth of the Cape Fear River that has a very large 4th of July celebration every year. In fact there celebration just might be the largest on the east coast.

southport

The celebration has grown from colonial times when ships lay anchor in her harbor and shot their cannons to today’s festival where 40,000 to 50,000 people come each year to bathe in the richness of spirit commemorating Old Glory. Incorporated as the N.C. 4th of July Festival in the year 1972 the festival committee strives to keep the focus of the festival on honoring our nation’s birthday with a little fun thrown in.

The festival includes fireworks and a parade. Video links of both found below:

Parade

Live Music from Mike’s Garage Band

Fireworks

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