Ocracoke residents and visitors always look forward to our island July 4th celebration. As usual, this morning hundreds of folks will congregate on the beach for the sand sculpture contest. Also, the base of the lighthouse will be open for viewing and some of the Banker ponies will be exhibited behind the preservation museum. Of course, the "Herd" skydivers will be back again this year.
The afternoon parade is always great fun with creative and funky home-made floats. The streets will be lined with people sitting in lawn chairs and on the tailgates of pickup trucks sipping lemonade or beer. This evening there will be cook-outs and get-togethers all over the island before the 9 o'clock fireworks display.
I'm sure your hometown has many festivities planned for this day. It is wonderful to celebrate our country's great experiment in democracy and representative government.
Happy Independence Day to you all!
You can read our latest newsletter here. It's about Ocraocke Islanders and "tokens of death."