• Tuesday, July 3rd - Wednesday, July 4th

Head to the tiny coastal village of Ocracoke for a big Independence Day celebration that includes fireworks, a parade, and plenty of family fun. The Ocracoke Independence Day Celebration kicks off with an amazing fireworks display over the Silver Lake Harbor after the sun goes down on the evening of July 3. Visitors will find plenty of seating all around the harborfront docks, and can bring along beach chairs, towels, blankets, and everything they need to enjoy the show.

On the 4th of July, the day kicks off with a flag-raising ceremony at the school circle, and continues with the annual Sand Sculpture Contest which is held at the local beach and is easily a highlight of the weekend for participants and spectators alike. The day continues with the annual Classic Old-Time Parade, which features floats, bikes, and golf carts that celebrate both Independence Day as well as the culture of Ocracoke’s life by the water. The two-day celebration is always a highlight of the summer, and visitors are always welcome to join in the fun. An incredible celebration that will make anyone fall in love with Ocracoke’s contagious community spirit, this event is always a crowd pleaser for visitors of all ages.