July 4th: A beautiful day for Southport’s parade

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Thank you to everyone that came out for the July 4 celebration, service and other celebrations.

Southport was covered in red, white and blue on July 4 as residents and neighbors lined the streets and filled Southport Park during the annual Parade and festival, featuring a July Fourth service recognizing each military branch and American history.

“The people had a great time and the music was amazing,” said Marylynne Winslow, president of the parks department. “We added the living historians to the day and people really enjoyed talking with them. More children than ever played games and had a great time. Nothing could have made the day more enjoyable! A friend from church told me she thought our festival truly reflected how “small town America” should celebrate the Fourth of July!”

Children smiled as they waved their little flags and picked up candy tossed from the parade participants. Families laughed together as they ate a lunch provided free of charge or played games in the park.

“It was fascinating,” said Southport Mayor Jesse Testruth. “If you look at the people here, the families, the smiling faces of those kids, this is what it’s all about.”

The City of Southport will host its next events on July 11, with a Rubber Duck Derby in Buck Creek at 6 p.m. and the Second Saturday in Southport July Ice Cream Social beginning at 7 p.m. with free ice cream and live entertainment featuring Tim Nolan. The Rubber Duck Derby, which was supposed to take place July 4, was moved to July 11 due to high water in Buck Creek. For more information, visit southportevents.org.

See more photos at: https://southportevents.org/events/4th-of-july-parade/

Jay Johnson carries a flag for Cub Scout Pack #499 in the parade