Ocracoke Island celebrates Independence Day with fun filled activities July 2-4! For reference the 2022 schedule is below.
The Ocracoke Civic & Business Association and Hyde County invite everyone to join the Independence Day festivities. The Fourth of July is one of the most popular events of the year for Ocracoke. In 2023, the island will have an extended event starting with fireworks on July 2.
DJ Tommy will be jamming out starting at 6 pm at the NPS docks. The fireworks take place at 9:15 pm. The National Park Service docks are near the Swan Quarter/Cedar Island ferry terminal. Biking and walking are the best forms of transportation for this event because vehicles and golf carts are not allowed in the area. Fireworks will be visible everywhere around Silver Lake Harbor. The fireworks are a spectacular show and one you don’t want to miss!
This family fun event takes the players throughout the village for the island-wide scavenger hunt. Last year was the first year of this event, and it was very successful, with 42 teams participating with more than 145 adults and children participating. This was a popular addition to the activities and the participants enjoyed going around the village and learning new things about the island. The Square Dance will take place at the Berkely Barn with Molasses Creek.
Meet and learn the history of the Ocracoke Ponies at the Pony Pen.
Ocracoke Lighthouse will be open for viewing.
The sand sculpture contest is at the NPS lifeguard beach from 9:30 am–noon. After the Parade, people’s choice awards and cash prizes are given out at the Awards Ceremony. Judging is from noon–1 pm. There is no theme for the contest, so get those creative juices flowing and come sculpt!
2022 Theme is Famous Duos. All are welcome to enter the Parade to vie for cash prizes. The parade route starts at Wheelie Fun Golf Carts, left on Lighthouse Rd., right on Creek Rd., right on Silver Lake Dr., follow the road around the harbor to the Parade’s end at NPS parking lot. If you want to view the Parade, any spot along the route will be a good vantage point.
Singing of the National Anthem and awards for the Sand Sculpture and Parade will occur on the lawn at Books to Red at 5:30 pm.
Donald Davis is one of the most prominent figures in storytelling. Donald travels throughout the US, has written 18 books, and is the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Awards from the National Storytelling Network. Donald is a delight to watch and listen to and the perfect ending to an exciting day.
A community beach fire will be held at the NPS Lifeguarded Beach. BYO chairs. Pack in and Pack Out.
Book your stay today and spend three days enjoying exciting events! If you already have a reservation, make sure to enter your fun-filled photos in our Annual Photo Contest.