Tuesday, June 30, 2009

July 4th Schedule

Red, white, & blue banners are popping up around the village, as islanders and visitors prepare for Independence Day celebrations. If you will be on the island for the 4th of July you will probably want to know what we have in store for you. Here is the schedule:

9 am -- Flag Raising at the school
9:30 - Noon -- Sand Sculpture Contest at Lifeguard Beach
10 - Noon -- Ocracoke Ponies at the OPS Museum
10 -2 -- Classic Car Display at the Pony Island Motel
10 - 2 -- Ocracoke Lighthouse is open to the public. Although no one is permitted to climb the stairs, the ground floor is open, and two native islanders will be there to answer your questions.
10 - 10:30 -- Sky Diving by "The Herd," landing on the lawn at the Pony Island Motel
3 pm -- Traditional old-time island parade through the village
9 pm -- Fireworks Display from the NCCAT campus (the former US Coast Guard Station)

Hope to see you there!

Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is the second half of my father's short journal. I call it Remembering Growing up on Ocracoke. You can read it here.


  1. Anonymous2:01 PM

    Old time parade-- does that include a marching band. Certainly this is the time for patriotic music and or the library showing some patriotic movies what you say?

  2. No marching band. There is a dearth of tubas, oboes, and drum majors with feather plumes & a baton on the island. And there's no movie theater, either commercial or librarial (I made that word up!), on Ocracoke. But there is a genuine patriotic spirit (combined with a long-standing enjoyment of celebration) -- thus the old-time (meaning creative, non-commercial, and quirky) parade with lots of home made and local-themed entries. You may just have to be here to understand.

  3. Anonymous10:14 PM

    There is no need for marching bands or movies on Ocracoke. It is perfect just the way it is. We will miss the 4th of July celebration but will be on Ocracoke later in July, can't wait.

  4. Anonymous8:27 AM

    This is the BEST parade ever, maybe even better than the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade !!!!!!

  5. Wow--it sounds so wonderful, we are already planning to be there next summer. Have a great day!!
    Heather and Addison