July Fourth celebration was ‘calm and peaceful’
islanders and visitors celebrated Independence Day with most of the
usual activities and programs, including square dancing, a sand
sculpture contest, and the much loved Old Time parade.
The only thing missing this year was the annual fireworks display.
For a number of reasons, the Ocracoke Civic and Business Association
cancelled the fireworks this year.
A major reason for the cancellation was the horrific accident as a crew
from a South Carolina pyrotechnics company was setting up on the
morning of July 4 of last year. An explosion blew
truck in which they were working, killing four of the crew and
seriously injuring another.
The dead and injured and their families were remembered with a moment
of silence after this year’s Old Time Parade.
Also, islanders decided to raise funds to purchase a headstone for one
of the victims, Lisa Simmons, 42, of Goldsboro, N.C.
A group on the island has determined that a headstone can be purchased
for $1,000. Any extra funds raised would go to the families
the other victims.
The Ocracoke Civic and Business Association officers have agreed that
checks and money can be given through them to the recipients.
can mail contributions to PO Box 456, Ocracoke, NC 27960. Checks should
be made payable to OCBA with Fireworks Casualty Fund in the memo. The
deadline for the project is July 15.
Ruth Fordon, editor of the Ocracoke Observer, said this year’s July
Fourth observance was a “very calm and peaceful day.”
She said that it was “quite healing after the tragedy of last year.”
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