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Ocracoke Island will celebrate Independence Day over two days–today and tomorrow–sponsored by the Ocracoke Civic and Business Assn. Inc. and Hyde County.
An old-fashioned square dance from 6 to 8 p.m. followed by fireworks at 9:15 p.m. kick off the celebration tonight (July 3), and on Tuesday, July 4, an array of activities will take place throughout the village.
Below is the schedule.
Monday, July 3:
6 to 8 p.m.: TRADITIONAL ISLAND SQUARE DANCE
At Community Square. Music by Molasses Creek; Philip Howard will be the square dance caller.
8 to 9:15 pm: GATHERING AT THE NPS DOCKS
Dance tunes and patriotic songs spun by a local deejay
9:15 p.m.: FIREWORKS
Launched from the NPS parking lot. Gather at the NPS docks and around Silver Lake Harbor.
Tuesday, July 4:
8 to 10 a.m.: MEET JOBELLE, Born May 7, Jobelle is the newest member of Ocracoke’s wild pony herd at the NPS Pony Pens
9 a.m.: FLAG RAISING CEREMONY and SINGING OF NATIONAL ANTHEM
Led by Ocracoke Boy Scout Troop # 290. Ocracoke School flag circle on School Road
9:30 a.m. to Noon:
39th ANNUAL SAND SCULPTURE CONTEST
At the NPS Lifeguard Beach. Peoples’ choice awards.
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.: CLASSIC CAR SHOW
Pony Island Motel lawn. Sponsored by Jimmy’s Garage.
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.: OCRACOKE LIGHTHOUSE
The lighthouse will be open for viewing. All are welcome to see inside.
4 p.m.: OLD TIME OCRACOKE PARADE All are welcome to enter. Cash prizes. Entrants should register by July 2, by emailing a photo of the entry form to firstname.lastname@example.org. Pick up your parade entry number between 1 and 4 p.m. on July 4 at Ocracoke Station. Entry forms available at the Post Office, or request a form from email@example.com.
Parade route starts at Ocracoke Oyster Company and ends at NPS Parking Lot.
6 p.m.: STORYTELLING WITH DONALD DAVIS
On the lawn at Books to Be Red; bring your own chair or blanket
7 p.m.: NATIONAL ANTHEM AND AWARDS PRESENTATION
Winners announced for Parade and Sand Sculpture Contest. Books to Be Red lawn
Ocracoke Day Use Area/Lifeguard Beach
7 to 10 p.m.: COMMUNITY BEACH FIRE
Bring your beach blanket, chair, and marshmallows to roast. OCBA will provide a beach fire for all to enjoy.