Sunday, April 2, 2023

Leland celebrates 28th Anniversary Saturday with Founders’ Day Festival

(Port City Daily photo/COURTESY TOWN OF LELAND)
(Port City Daily photo/COURTESY TOWN OF LELAND)

LELAND — Today marks the 28th anniversary of the Town of Leland. To celebrate, the town will be hosting its annual Founders’ Day Festival, with a “grand” party for the community.

The festival is held each year on the second Saturday of September by the Leland Parks and Recreation Department. This year’s event will feature live music, a carnival, concessions, arts and crafts, as well as business vendors. A fireworks show will wrap up the night.

Musical Performances include Johnny White and the Elite Band, Justin Cody Fox, and the Across the Bridge Band. The event kicks off at 3 p.m., with a full schedule of activities slated throughout the day.

According to a press release from the town, this year will also feature a “special salute to veterans” during the opening ceremonies.

Local veterans are asked to arrive at the festival grounds no later than 2:45 p.m. and check in at the Guest Services table at the festival entrance. From there they will be directed to a special viewing area and will be recognized for their service during the opening ceremonies at 3 p.m.

Following the Salute to Veterans, the North Brunswick High School marching band will be giving a performance, followed by Across the Bridge at 3:30 p.m.

The Founders’ Day Festival will also include a canned and non-perishable food drive, with donations going toward a local food bank.

A map of the festival grounds. (Port City Daily photo/COURTESY TOWN OF LELAND)
A map of the festival grounds. (Port City Daily photo/COURTESY TOWN OF LELAND)

Festival patrons are asked to bring their own lawn chairs, as seating for the performances will not be provided. Coolers are permitted, but, for “safety and sanitation reasons,” pets are not.

There will be no parking on site, however, patrons are encouraged to park at North Brunswick High School, located at 114 Scorpion Drive. From there, the town will be offering free shuttle service to the event.

Handicapped Parking will be available at the Habitat for Humanity Restore, 414 Village Road, where golf cart shuttles will transport guests to the event grounds.

If unable to ride a shuttle or walk, the town asks patrons to call 910-408-3092.

The festival will be held rain or shine, but, in the event of severe weather, fireworks will be held Sunday night at 9 p.m.

For more details on the event visit For more information, contact Leland Parks and Recreation at 910-408-3092 or

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