Activities for the holiday weekend:
Celebrations and festivities start early and end late. Enjoy your 4th!
8 a.m. – 10 a.m. – Visit the Ocracoke Ponies @ the Pony Pens. Come out to meet the newest addition to the wild pony herd, “Hazelnut”!
9 a.m. – Flag Raising Ceremony w/ Ocracoke Boy Scouts @ Ocracoke School Circle Singing of National Anthem by Samantha Styron
9:30 a.m- Noon – 39th Annual Sand Sculpture Contest @ the NPS Lifeguard Beach
10 a.m. –2 p.m. – Classic Cars @ Pony Island Motel Lawn
10 a.m. – 2 p.m. – Ocracoke Lighthouse History Talk – Open for public viewing with island natives Dale and Chester. Limited parking – we suggest you walk or bike!
3 PM Old Time Ocracoke Parade
Entrants should register by 2 p.m. on the 4th at the Ocracoke Station (gas station). Forms available at the P.O. or download from wovv.org and return to Parade@wovv.org
Parade route starts at Ocracoke Oyster Company, left on Lighthouse Rd., right on Creek Rd., right on Silver Lak Dr., follow road around harbor to Parade’s end at NPS Parking Lot. Parade winners will be announced at 6 p.m. at the Community Square
5 p.m. – 6 p.m. – Stories with Donald Davis @ Books to be Red yard – Bring a chair or blanket!
Independence Day Celebration!
6:00 p.m. National Anthem, Patriotic Songs with the Ocracoke Summer Camp Singers, followed by Awards Presentation for Parade and Sand Sculpture Contest!
6:30 p.m. – 7:45 p.m. – Traditional Ocracoke Square Dance @ Community Square
Music by Molasses Creek, with Philip Howard as caller
8:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. Dance Party with The Ocracoke Rockers @ Community Square. Please park at the NPS parking lot!
Sponsored by the Ocracoke Civic and Business Association (with lots of assistance.)
Live broadcasts by Ocracoke’s Own WOVV 90.1
There’s also live music at all the island watering holes…. Check the music calendar or local bulletin boards for more information.
Let’s all have a safe and happy 4th and follow some common sense guidelines for fun:
Please walk facing traffic and bike with traffic.
Share the road and slow down!
Don’t drink and drive – there’s no excuse in a place this small! Walk home. Your car or golf cart will be there in the morning.
Remember: all fireworks are illegal on Ocracoke, in the village and on the beach.