Southport is called, “the home of salubrious breezes.” That’s a fancy way of saying “healthy,” but we’ll take it. And we’d also add the word “beautiful” to the description as well. Located on the coast of southeastern North Carolina where the Cape Fear River meets the Atlantic Ocean, Southpoint is known for its stunning scenery, rich history, maritime heritage and, of course, those salubrious breezes. The Spanish first explored the area in 1521 and again in 1526. In the 1700s, it attracted an influx of river pilots, traders and fishermen. Today, more than 225 years later, you’ll still find a bustling, scenic community that’s been the setting for more than 42 TV shows and movies.
- Black History Symposium – February 7-8
Brunswick County’s Black History Symposium, a Three-Day Cultural Event
- National Maritime Day Celebration – May 23
Family-friendly program with hands-on activities and demonstrations
- North Carolina 4th of July Festival – July 1-4
We doubt you’ll find a more patriotic way to honor our nation’s independence than this. For over 200 years, this small maritime community has celebrated in a big way, dating back to colonial days when ships dropped anchor in Southport harbor. These days, the festival hosts 40,000 to 50,000 people! There are arts and crafts, great food, live music, fireworks, and more – even a freedom flotilla in the harbor.
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