Laura Lewis
Patriotic splash: With the Fourth of July just days away, one Winston-Salem clan celebrates Tuesday in Sunset Beach by donning matching stars and stripes bathing suits. Pictured from left are John Harward, Jonathan and Elizabeth Frasher, Don Page and Erik and Brennan Hord, 13.

It starts with star-spangled concerts and festivities in Southport, then patriotic fever quickly permeates the rest of Brunswick County.

Fourth of July events celebrating the 240th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence are already under way and continue into the long holiday weekend.

Here’s a closer look at local events.

NC 4th of July Festival