This North Carolina Hidden Gem Named #1 Beach Town to Celebrate the Fourth of July 

What screams July 4th to you? Maybe it's the chaos of the beach, a baseball game, fireworks, a cookout, or something different. If you're looking for something new to do this year you may want to check out the North Carolina town that was named the number one beach town to celebrate the Fourth of July. And now is the time if you are making plans. Google search data shows Americans are searching for activities for July 4th. This is why our friends at SIXT set out to determine the best beach town to celebrate the Fourth of July. And it's one in North Carolina! The list, which was topped by Southport, North Carolina, highlights beach towns with "spectacular fireworks displays, and tons of family fun activities." SIXT ranked towns on the number of Fourth of July activities as well as the buzz on social media platforms like TikTok surrounding the towns. They determined that Southport has 19 different Fourth of July activities making it the best beach to to celebrate the Fourth of July. Southport has also been named America's Happiest Town and who doesn't want to be happy on July 4th (or any time)? It has a rich history full of "pirates and privateers, antebellum Southern belles, and blockade runners". Celebrate The Fourth of July in Southport SOUTHPORT, NORTH CAROLINA - JULY 4: Residents participate in the annual Independence Day Parade on July 4, 2023 in Southport, North Carolina. The U.S. Declaration of Independence was signed on this day in 1776, marking the 247th anniversary since the nation's break from Great Britain. The first recorded Independence Day celebration in Southport was in 1795. And when it comes time to celebrate the Fourth of July, Southport does in fact know what they are doing. It's been a part of the town's culture dating back over 200 years. Each year the beach town hosts the North Carolina 4th of July Festival. Numerous events occur in the days leading up to Independence Day and of course, the celebration ramps up July 4th. Visitors can enjoy events like a reading of the Declaration of Independence, a parade, a flag-raising ceremony, food and craft vendors, entertainment, and of course fireworks! They host 40,000-50,000 visitors to celebrate the Fourth of July yearly. Learn more about the festival here.

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