Residents and visitors will enjoy the patriotic sites during this year’s Red, White, and Blue Freedom Flotilla. Viewing of the water vessel parade will be from Waterfront Park in Southport to Kingsley Park and back to St. James Marina. This year’s event will be on Saturday, July 2, and will begin at 4 p.m. from the Old Southport Yacht Basin.

The parade route will pass along the Southport Waterfront upriver to marker 19, return to pass the Southport Waterfront and Yacht Basin and continue west on the Intracoastal Waterway past South Harbor Village Marina to the St. James Marina.

The event, organized by the Cape Fear Yacht Club, is seeking participants. Boats of all sizes and types are invited to join the flotilla. Participants are encouraged to decorate their boats in red, white, and blue to reflect their patriotic spirit. There is no fee to enter; however, there is a mandatory Captain’s meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 29, at the NC Maritime Museum, located at 204 East Moore St. in Southport.

“This year’s flotilla is especially exciting considering this is the first full festival since 2019,” said Woody Wilson, NC July 4th Festival chair of the Red, White, and Blue Flotilla, “I hope that we have a large participation by boats of all sizes and the festival crowds are well please. A special thank you to all the past boat participates. This event is a great way to salute the USA colors from the waterway.”

All registrations for this event are due by June 29 at 6 p.m.

A boat registration form and procedural instruction information can be found at or call Woody Wilson at (910) 520-8858.

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