SOUTHPORT, NC (WECT) - Each year the patriotic spirit comes to life in Southport for the annual Fourth of July Festival.
Celebrated with a parade, the event has grown from colonial times to current times where 40,000-50,000 attend.
The Fourth 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.
The 2015 Southport Parade will be marshaled by Colonel Chris S. Hart, Commander 596th Transportation Brigade and US Military Ocean Terminal at Sunny Point.
Did you miss the celebrations? Don't worry! You can watch a replay of the parade at the top of this story. You can also re-watch the City of Wilmington's fireworks show.