Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Happy Independence Day!

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."


  1. We spent July 4, 2000 on Ocracoke and it was my best ever 4th . We were in the pool at Pony Island to watch the skydivers, went to the beach, ate lunch at Jolly Rogers, watched Blackbeard on the Pony Island lawn,went to the beach, watched the parade, had a rest,ate dinner, went to the beach for the fireworks.

  2. Anonymous1:30 PM

    I too recall fond memories of an Ocracoke July 4 parade several years ago, but unfortunately, our visit on the holiday was only a day trip, and we missed the fireworks. It's been awhile since you posted any photos. Do you happen to have any from this year's festivities? Thanks.