Each year the patriotic spirit comes to life in Southport for the annual 4th of July Festival.
Celebrated with a parade, the event has grown from colonial times to current times where 40,000-50,000 attend.
The 4th of July Festival Parade began in 1964 but has roots dating back to the 1700s. The ladies of what used to be known as Smithville dressed in white and marched through the town in honor of the holiday.
Check out the full list of events for the celebration in Southport: http://bit.ly/1mZHdRI
If you can't make it out to Southport for the parade, we've got you covered.
Our cameras will be there to document the whole thing and we will broadcast the parade on WECT starting at 8 p.m. on July 4.
You can also watch from home on your computer at www.wect.com or from your smart phone, using the WECT News App.
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