Fireworks on Ocracoke are rescheduled for 2021. Photo: C. Leinbach

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The Ocracoke Civic and Business Association, in coordination with Hyde County, has canceled the 2020 Fourth of July activities and the annual Fireworks display planned for July 2.

This difficult decision follows guidance from the CDC and the state of North Carolina regarding COVID-19 pandemic safety impacts associated with large gatherings.  The OCBA looks forward to a fantastic event for 2021, a celebration of our nation coming together. 

“The health and safety of the community and our visitors is our first priority,” said Rudy Austin, OCBA board president. “We look forward to the time when we can all get together again and celebrate all the things that make Ocracoke such a special community.”

While the OCBA will not be hosting holiday events, Ocracoke Island will open to visitors starting May 16.

The OCBA says: “Come enjoy our beautiful beaches, wander the village, and support our local businesses that have been working so hard to recover from Hurricane Dorian. Ocracoke is known for miles of secluded beaches, outstanding fishing, plentiful outdoor activities, oak-lined Village streets for walking and biking. All are activities recommended under the CDC guidelines for health and well-being during this COVID-19 pandemic. 

“The island is getting ready for the season by implementing safety precautions and social distancing, and we are excited to have you join us and do the same.”

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  1. Hooray for a sensible, safe approach. Message is clear. Make sure they get it!!!

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