Posted by Debra Worley - email
Writing contributed by WECT Intern Michelle Peck
SOUTHPORT, NC (WECT) - It's estimated that more than 40,000 people will attend the North Carolina Fourth of July festival in Southport.
The first Independence Day celebration in Southport, called the "Festival of Free Men", occurred 214 years ago.
Incorporated as the NC 4th of July Festival in 1972, the official state celebration focuses on history, art, celebration and patriotism, the town already has streamers hanging from light poles.
This year, during the firworks, the festival is participating in The American Tribute for the first time.
The tribute is a new American tradition incorporated into the nation's firework displays, which includes: a solitary burst of red, followed by a solitary burst of white, followed by a solitary burst of blue.
The bursts symbolic in Colors of American Stanza circulated by Tribute organizers: Red, for the blood of many heroes shed; white, for freedom's light still shining bright, and blue, for the courage to stand tall and true.