Ocracoke Independence Day Celebration Schedule – July 3-4, 2017
Monday, July 3rd:
6:00pm – 8:00pm: TRADITIONAL ISLAND SQUARE DANCE
Music with Molasses Creek; Philip Howard as square dance caller.
Located at Community Square
8:00pm – 9:15pm: GATHERING AT THE NPS DOCKS
Fun dance tunes and patriotic songs spun by a local deejay
Gather at the NPS docks and around Silver Lake Harbor to see the Pyrotechnic Show shot from the NPS Parking Lot
Tuesday, July 4th:
8am – 10am: MEET JOBELLE!
Jobelle was born May 7th, and is the newest member of Ocracoke’s wild pony herd.
At the NPS Pony Pens
9am: FLAG RAISING CEREMONY and SINGING OF NATIONAL ANTHEM
Led by Ocracoke Boy Scout Troop # 290 at Ocracoke School flag circle on School Road
9:30am – Noon: 39th ANNUAL SAND SCULPTURE CONTEST
At the NPS Lifeguard Beach
10am – 2pm: CLASSIC CAR SHOW
On the Pony Island Motel lawn; sponsored by Jimmy’s Garage.
10am – 2pm: OCRACOKE LIGHTHOUSE
The lighthouse will be open for viewing – all are welcome to see inside!
4pm: OLD TIME OCRACOKE PARADE
All are welcome to enter! Entrants should register by July 2nd, by emailing a photo of the entry form to email@example.com
Pick up your parade entry number between 1–4 PM on July 4th at Ocracoke Station.
Entry forms available at the Post Office or request a form from firstname.lastname@example.org
Parade route starts at Ocracoke Oyster Company, left on Lighthouse Rd., right on Creek Rd., right on Silver Lake Dr., follow road around harbor to Parade’s end at NPS Parking Lot. Cash prizes!
6pm: STORYTELLING WITH DONALD DAVIS
On the lawn at Books to Be Red; bring your own chair or blanket
7pm: NATIONAL ANTHEM AND AWARDS PRESENTATION
Winners announced for Parade and Sand Sculpture Contest!
On the lawn at Books to Be Red
At the Ocracoke Day Use Area/Lifeguard Beach
7pm–10pm: COMMUNITY BEACH FIRE
Bring your beach blanket, chair, and marshmallows to roast.
OCBA will provide a beach fire for all to enjoy.
Sponsored by the Ocracoke Civic and Business Association with lots of assistance!
Cape Hatteras National Seashore Announces 2017 Campground Season
The Cape Hatteras National Seashore camping season will begin in mid-April. The Oregon Inlet and Cape Point campgrounds will open for the season on Friday, April 14 and the Frisco and Ocracoke campgrounds will open on Friday, April 21. All four campgrounds will remain open until the season ends on November 27, 2017.
All campgrounds accommodate tents, trailers, and motor homes up to 35 feet. Each campground also provides rest rooms, potable water, showers, grills, and picnic tables. No hookups (utility connections) are available.
No more than six people and two vehicles may occupy a single campsite. Camping trailers, including pop-up campers, are considered vehicles. From Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend, all camping is limited to a total of 14 days within a 30-day period. Quiet hours are between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. Generators may not be operated during these hours.
Group camping is available at Oregon Inlet Campground. The group campsite accommodates groups of 7-30 people, including infants and toddlers. Due to the popularity of the group camping site, it is recommended that reservations be made at least two weeks in advance.
Camping in Cape Hatteras National Seashore is permitted only in designated campgrounds. Camping on beaches is prohibited. Pets must be physically restrained at all times on a leash not exceeding 6 feet in length. For more information, please go to www.nps.gov/caha.
Reservations can be made by calling 1-877-444-6777, or on the Internet at www.recreation.gov, and can be made up to six months in advance.