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Golf Cart Parade Highlights July 4 Festivities on Bald Head Island

BALD HEAD ISLAND, NC – Families looking for a unique July 4th destination need look no further than Bald Head Island, NC. The island’s annual Independence Day celebration includes picnics, a carnival and a fireworks cruise, but the main event is the much anticipated Annual Golf Cart Parade, which draws more than 100 entries each year.

The popular parade honors the July 4 tradition while celebrating the island’s dedication to remaining a car-free destination. Whimsically decorated golf carts – the preferred mode of on-island transport – compete for a coveted slot among the best in show. Carts are transformed into elaborate floats, complete with papier-mâché, flashing lights, and a wide array of accoutrements. A video of last year’s parade featuring the winners can be seen on YouTube. This year, NBC’s The Biggest Loser’s Ed and Heba will lead the parade.

The festivities on Bald Head Island are part of the official North Carolina Independence Day celebration centered in Southport, NC.

Families looking to visit the island over the July 4 holiday can now take a weeklong vacation or a shorter visit thanks to Bald Head Island Limited relaxing its week-only booking policy for the remainder of the summer if you book your stay no more than two weeks prior to your check-in date. Call  1-800-432-RENT to learn about available properties or to book your stay. Offer does not apply to existing reservations. Some restrictions may apply.

Bald Head Island is a second home and vacation community located just off the coast of Southport, NC. With no bridge connecting the island to the mainland, visitors take a 20-minute ferry ride across the Cape Fear. Because there are no cars allowed, the favored method of on-island transport is electric cart, bicycle, or walking. Bald Head Island has been thoughtfully developed and retains much of its wild beauty. Of the island’s 12,000 acres, 10,000 have been permanently preserved and will never be developed. To learn more about Bald Head Island, visit

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