From the NC 4th of July Festival website:
Who doesn't love a parade? What is known as the current N.C. 4th of July Festival Parade began in 1964 but has roots dating back to 1700's, when the ladies of Smithville (now the City of Southport) dressed in white and marched through the town in observance of Independence Day.
Today's parade is much longer and has a bigger variety, with over 120 units filling the streets as children's eyes widen in delight when patriotic units pass by.
The parade route begins at the corner of E. Moore Street and Atlantic Avenue, traveling E. Moore to N. Howe Street and following N. Howe to Fodale Avenue.
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