Ocracoke Fun on the 4th

Celebrations and festivities start early and end late. Enjoy your day!

Ocracoke Fun on the 4th

8 a.m. – 10 a.m. – Ocracoke Ponies @ the Pony Pens. Come out to meet the newest addition to the wild pony herd, "Captain"!

9 a.m. –  Flag Raising Ceremony w/ Ocracoke Boy Scouts @ Ocracoke School Circle 

9:30 a.m- Noon – 37th Annual Sand Sculpture Contest @ Lifeguard Beach

10 a.m. –2 p.m. – Classic Cars @ Pony Island Motel Lawn

10 a.m. –2 p.m. – Face Painting with Local Artists @ Community Square on the harbor

10 a.m. – 2 p.m. – Ocracoke Lighthouse History Talk – Open for public viewing with island natives Dale and Chester. Limited parking – we suggest you walk or bike!

11 a.m. – Pirates on Stage @ Community Square on the harbor

12 Noon – 2nd Annual Fig Cake Bake-off @ Community Square. Judging begins at 2 p.m. with free sampling after. Daphne Bennink will host on-site live on WOVV 90.1 FM.

1 p.m. – 6 p.m. Traditional Ocracoke Fish Cake Sandwiches @ Community Square on the harbor

3 PM     Old Time Ocracoke Parade

Entrants should register by 2 p.m. on the 4th at the Sweet Tooth. Forms available at the P.O. or download from wovv.org and return to Parade@wovv.org

Parade route starts at The Topless Oyster, left on Lighthouse Rd., right on Creek Rd., right on Silver Lak Dr., follow road around harbor to Parade’s end at NPS Parking Lot. Parade winners will be announced at 6 p.m. at the Community Square

5 p.m. – 6 p.m. – Stories with Donald Davis Books to be Red yard – Bring a chair or blanket!


6:00 p.m. National Anthem, Patriotic Songs with the Ocracoke Summer Camp Singers, followed by Awards Presentation for Parade, Sand Sculpture Contest and Fig Cake Bake-off! Popcorn, cotton candy, and Blackbeard, too!

6:30 p.m. – 7:45 p.m. – Traditional Ocracoke Square Dance @ Community Square

Music by David Tweedie, Lou Castro, Marcy Brenner, Gary Mitchell, with Philip Howard as caller

8:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.  The Ocracoke Rockers @ Community Square. Lawn chairs are welcome. Please park at the NPS parking lot!

Most events sponsored by the Ocracoke Civic and Business Association (with lots of assistance.)

Live broadcasts by Ocracoke’s Own WOVV 90.1


There’s also live music at all the island watering holes… Check the music calendar or local bulletin boards for more information.


Ocracoke Fun on the 4th

Let’s all have a safe and happy 4th and follow some common sense guidelines for fun:

Please walk facing traffic and bike with traffic.

Share the road and slow down!

Don’t drink and drive – there’s no excuse in a place this small! Walk home. Your car or golf cart will be there in the morning.

Remember: all fireworks are illegal on Ocracoke, in the village and on the beach. 

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