Friday, July 13, 2012

Independence Day on Ocracoke

Let me tell you, Ocracoke does the 4th of July up right!  There were so many activities going on throughout the day that I don't think anyone could go to them all.  We certainly couldn't, and we really only got to see a handful of them.

We started off the day by heading to the beach.  We wanted to spend a small amount of time on the beach, but we also wanted to see some of the sand sculpture contest.  We got to see all of the individuals and groups working on their sculptures.  At that time, we couldn't even tell what some of them were going to be, but it was nice to see them all working on their creations.  Then we headed on down the beach to set up camp for a while.  We went back to the sculptures later in the day to see how they turned out.

The sinking Titanic

Sims liked Lightning McQueen.

On Ocracoke's radio station we listened to the local fig cake bake-off, which sounded so delicious that I had to have some fig cake before we left the island.  It was fantastic, and now I need to bake my own.

After Sims' nap, we strolled down the street to the parade.  It was just the perfect small town parade.  Anyone could enter to be in the parade up to an hour before it began, so you didn't know what to expect.

One of our favorite parade cars was the Ocracoke Country Club one, since that doesn't actually exist.  And Ocracoke is sooooo not that kind of place.

Sims' favorite was Towmater.  It looked just like Mater from the movie Cars (or from the books based on the movie in Sims' case).  He talked about this one for days.

Of course, it wouldn't have been Ocracoke without some pirates.  You know, Ocracoke was the old hang out of Blackbeard after all.

A lot of the floats and cars were throwing the traditional candy out to the kids.  But have you ever heard of a float handing out hot dogs?  Oh, man, do I love Ocracoke!

We had an early dinner so we could head over to the Community Square for square dancing.  Even though we didn't participate because Sims just wanted to watch, we enjoyed watching and listening to the band.

Of course as the square dance ended, Sims decided he wanted to dance.

Then it was time for bed!  It was such a great 4th of July!  And here are a few more photos from the day.

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