Well, I finally got to see the famous Southport 4th for myself! It was pretty amazing waking up to a beautiful sunny morning after the hurricane blew through the day before. We had heard that traffic would be pretty bad for the holiday, so we brought our bikes along and that made for an enjoyable (but hot!) trip from the marina to the heart of downtown.
Southport has an amazing lineup of events for the 4th of July weekend, and although some had been canceled due to weather, and others we opted to skip, there was still plenty to entertain us and make us feel like we got the most out of our 4th of July experience. We caught the parade, the car show and some pretty views along the water before peddling back to the marina to escape the heat and the crowds for a bit. Then it was back out later for the fireworks show. It was standing room only by the time we got there, but we couldn't really pack blankets or chairs on the back of our bikes anyway. Well, actually, I wouldn't put it past Riley, but for me, maneuvering a bike around people and cars in the dark was quite enough already, thank you!
All in all, if you're up for the crowds and the heat, a Southport 4th is something I definitely recommend checking out for yourself! And if you can't make buddies with one of the locals who owns a gorgeous house in town with a parking lot for a yard, definitely bring your bike!