Big-Time, Small Town Event celebrates More Than 200 Years of Patriotism
SOUTHPORT, NC, June 7, 2011 /CNW/ - One of the oldest, largest and most
historic Fourth of July celebrations of any small town in America takes
place July 1-4, 2011 in Southport, part of North Carolina's Brunswick
Islands. The event gets even more patriotic this year as the National
9/11 Flag, salvaged from the World Trade Center, makes its only North
Carolina stop on a commemorative journey across America before becoming
part of the National September 11 Memorial Museum at Ground Zero.
Since 1795, the maritime community of Southport, NC has celebrated the
nation's independence from Britain in a big way. Today, people come
from across the southeast to commemorate this historic happening with
fireworks, patriotic tributes, beach festivities, events for adults and
kids, music, and a chance to sample the area's famous Calabash-style
Highlights include a wildly popular Fire Fighter Freedom Competition
that has seen as many as 250 participants from North Carolina fire and
rescue departments and a 4th of July parade with more than 120 entries.
Patriotic and civil events pay tribute to veterans and active military
personnel and include a naturalization ceremony for aspiring U.S.
citizens. History is honored via tours of the old jail, the Smithville
burial grounds and the Chapel of the Cross at St. Philip's Church.
Oak Island Beach on Friday, July 1, is the site for live beach music,
shag contests, volleyball, sand sculpting and more. Children's
entertainment includes old-fashioned games, face-painting and crafts
Music from patriotic to blues and country runs throughout the weekend.
Local fare such as fried shrimp, hot dogs, Greek gyros, funnel cakes,
and cotton candy will be served alongside the area's the area's famous
For a complete list of activities, visit www.nc4thofjuly.com.
In the southernmost corner of North Carolina, stretching from the Cape
Fear River to the South Carolina border, lies North Carolina's
Brunswick Islands. Five barrier islands and six pristine beaches
surround quaint island and mainland towns brimming with restaurants,
shops, old Civil War forts, lighthouses, historic architecture and over
30 golf courses. For more information, visit www.ncbrunswick.com
SOURCE North Carolina Brunswick Islands
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