Ocracoke celebrates our nation’s birthday in style, kicking off the two-day event with a Traditional Ocracoke Square Dance and Fireworks on July 3rd.
The Independence Day celebration doesn’t end with the Grand Finale in the sky. On the 4th, events start early and go all day long. Watch the Boy Scouts hoist Old Glory at the Flag Raising Ceremony. Hear the National Anthem. See inside the Ocracoke Lighthouse. Join in the annual Sand Sculpture Contest (or just go and marvel at the winners). Visit the Pony Pens and meet some ponies up close. Enjoy entertaining stories, reminisce at the classic car show, or just spend a glorious day at the beach. And don’t forget Ocracoke’s Classic Old-Time Parade, which winds through the village in the late afternoon. Visitors and residents are encouraged to participate, and there are even cash prizes! Evening calls you back out the beach, to join in the Community Bonfire (s’mores optional) under the stars!