July 4 celebrations and events
scheduled for Hatteras and Ocracoke
Fireworks are again scheduled on Hatteras Island for July 4 at Avon Pier, and both Hatteras village and Ocracoke have events and activities scheduled all day long on Friday, including the traditional and very popular Old Time Parade in Ocracoke and the newer but popular Golf Cart Parade in Hatteras.
Islanders and visitors should remember that all fireworks – except the show at the Avon Pier — are illegal in all of the villages of Hatteras and on Ocracoke and on all National Park Service lands and beaches. Call 911 to report illegal fireworks.
Here’s the rundown so far for Friday, July 4:
Fourth of July Fireworks at the Beach is sponsored by the Avon Property Owners Association and funded in part by the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau. The fireworks display will begin about 9 p.m. from its launch site at the end of the Avon Pier, permitted by and in cooperation with the National Park Service.
This year you can tune into 95.9 FM from 9 until 10 p.m. to hear the live broadcast of the fireworks and patriotic music
This event is additionally made possible through generous donations from the Hatteras Island business community, residents, property owners, and guests.
Corporate sponsors for this event are Avon Property Owners Association, Cape Hatteras Electric Cooperative, Greater Kinnakeet Shores Homeowners Association, Outer Banks Ace Hardware, Koru Village & Spa, Outer Beaches Realty, Sun Realty, Hatteras Realty, and Surf or Sound Realty.
Sponsors are Askins Creek Store, Cape Pines Motel, Conner’s Supermarket, Dockside Properties, Kinnakeet Shores Property Owners Association, Ketch 55 Seafood Grill, Lighthouse View Motel, and Rodanthe-Waves-Salvo Civic Association.
Parking for the fireworks is limited so walk or ride a bike if you can.
The Avon Fishing Pier will be closed at little bit in the morning to load in the fireworks and then it will close at 8 p.m. for the evening. Fishing will be $7 for the entire day for guests due to the inconvenience.
Also, there will be parking available at $10 a car at the Avon Fishing Pier, Koru Village, and the Beach Klub. Parking lots open at 5:30, and there are no advance ticket sales. A portion of parking pass proceeds will go to the Avon Property Owners Association for the 2015 fireworks show.
In addition, there will be July 4 party at the Beach Klub, beginning at 6 p.m. with drinks, face painting, food, corn hole on the lawn, hula hooping, and live music by The FreeBooters. Admission is $5 and children under 5 are free. Dinner will be served at Pangea Tavern from 6 until 10 p.m. and thee will be a fire performance, drumming circle and live music at the Beach Klub beginning at 9:30.
The July 4th in the Village celebration will start early and end late in Hatteras, sponsored by the Hatteras Village Civic Association.
The schedule is:
8:30 until 10 a.m. Soundside seining with a park ranger. At the Sandy Bay parking area north of the village.
10 until noon. Mini classic car show at Vantage South Bank parking area.
10 until 4 p.m.. Fun in the Sun in the field next to Blue Pelican gallery. Featuring food and snacks, an inflatable water slide, bounce house, and silent auction.
10 until 3 p.m.. Hermit Crab Hunt. Find and photograph the largest, ugliest, etc. with prizes. Pick up rules and guidelines at Information Booth next to Blue Pelican.
Noon until 4 p.m. Chicamacomico: Stories and Music. With local author Elvin Hooper, who book “Chicamacomico: How it was back then” has been recently published. At the Community Building.
Noon until 7 p.m. Art Crawl and Sale, Food, and Fun, sponsored by the Hatteras Island Cancer Foundation. In the Village Center around the flagpole.
4 until 5 p.m. Golf Cart Parade. Begins at Lee Robinson Store and winds through the village. Meet at Lee Robinson by 3:45 to register carts. The fee for registration is $10 and will be donated to the Hatteras Island Cancer Foundation.
5 until 7 p.m. Cornhole Tournament. Hatterasman Drive-In.
7 until 11 p.m. Street Dance with live band, The Cashmere Jungle Lords. Village Center.
The Independence Day celebration on Ocracoke will begin early and end late also.
8 until 10 a.m. – Ocracoke Ponies. Come out to the Pony Pens to meet Ocracoke’s most popular residents and their caretakers.
9 a.m. — Flag Raising Ceremony with Ocracoke Boy Scouts on the School Circle.
9:30 a.m. until noon — The 38th Annual Sand Sculpture Contest at the Lifeguarded Beach.
10 a.m. until 2 p.m. — Classic Cars on the Pony Island Motel Lawn.
10 a.m. until 2 p.m. — Ocracoke Lighthouse open for public viewing and history with island natives. Parking is limited and organizers suggest you walk or bike.
11 a.m. Pirates on Stage at Community Square on the Harbor.
Noon — Third annual Fig Cake Bake-Off at the Community Square. Set-up and previewing beings at noon with judging begins at 2 p.m. with free sampling after. Awards announced at 6 p.m. on Community Square stage.
1 p.m. Pirates on Stage at the Community Square.
1 p.m. Pirates on Stage at Community Square.
3 p.m. — Old Time Ocracoke Parade. Entrants should register by 2 p.m. on the 4th at The Sweet Tooth. Forms are available at the Post Office and throughout the village. Download form at WOVV.org, and return to [email protected] Parade route starts at The Topless Oyster, left on Lighthouse Road, right on Creek Road, right on Silver Lake Drive, follow road around harbor to Parade’s end at NPS Parking Lot.
5 until 6 p.m. — Donald Davis’ Stories—Bring a chair! Books to be Red Lawn .
6 p.m. Community Square Stage. National Anthem and patriotic songs followed by awards presentation and announcement of parade, fig cake, and sand sculpture winners.
6:30 until 7:45 p.m. — Traditional Ocracoke Square Dance at the Community Square with Molasses Creek and Phillip Howard as caller.
8:30 until 10:30 p.m. – Ocracoke Rockers at the Community Square.
The July 4 events are sponsored by the Ocracoke Civic and Business Association with lots of assistance. Live broadcasts will be by Ocracoke’s Own WOVV 90.1.