Beach Day

Date: July 1st

Time:  - 8:00 a.m.- 9:30 p.m.

Location:  Middleton Park Extension, 46th Street SE, Oak Island

The N.C. 4th of July Festival Beach Day is a full day of activities on Oak Island designed for the whole family. If sand sculpture building, volleyball, skate board, bocce ball contests sound like fun then you will really enjoy Beach Day.  But the fun doesn't stop with the contests, there is also  evening entertainment, shag contest and anniversary fireworks.

Held annually on July 1st, the celebration combines the merger of the Towns of Yaupon Beach & Long Beach into the Town of Oak Island with the celebration of our Independence Day festivities.  The anniversary fireworks display in will be held on July 1st from the Oak Island Pier (705 Ocean Drive, Oak Island) at approximately 9:00pm. Beach Day activities are organized and sponsored by the Oak Island Parks & Recreation Department.


The Shag Contest is organized by the Society of Brunswick Shaggers.  What is shag dancing? The "Carolina Shag" originated along the area between Myrtle Beach, SC and Wilmington, NC in the 1940s and is still popular today. A couple's dance, the Carolina Shag, a descendant of the Carolina Jitterbug, is performed while enjoying bech music. Registration for the Shag Contest is from 6:00p.m.-6:45p.m. at Middleton Park Extension Soccer Field.  The Shag Contest will be held during the band's break around 7:00p.m. in Middleton Park Extension.  Free to enter but registration form required.

  Shag Contest Registration

Shag Contest Rules & Registration Form
Shag Contest Form.pdf
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2016 Beach Day At A Glance

8:00 a.m.  -  Registration for all beach athletic events

8:00 a.m. - Horseshoe Tournament - Middleton Park Extension

10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. - Youth Activities and Contests @ Middleton Park Extension

                                        Inflatables, rides, games and food.

10:00 a.m. - Registration for Sand Sculpture Contests @ Beach side near Cabana

10:00 a.m. -  Beach side near Cabana - Corn Hole Tournament & Bocce Ball Tournament

10:00 a.m. -  Beach side near Cabana - Volleyball Tournament

12:00 p.m. -  Sand Sculpture Contest @ Beach side near Cabana Area

2:00  p.m. -  Skateboard Competition @ Kevin Bell Skate Park on Oak Island

6:00 p.m. - 6:45 p.m. - Shag Contest Registration @ Middleton Park Extension

6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. - Music by The Holiday Band @ Middleton Park Extension

7:00 p.m. -  Shag Contest Begins when band goes on break

9:00 p.m. -  Oak Island Anniversary Fireworks @ Oak Island Pier (time may be affected by weather)


Middleton Park Soccer Field -Corner of 46th Street and Dolphin Drive behind OKI Town Hall.

Beachfront Cabana Area - Corner of 46th Street and Beach Drive behind OKI Town Hall.

Oak Island Skate Park - Corner of 49th Street and Beach Drive beside Middleton Park Ext.

Oak Island Pier - 705 Ocean Drive, Oak Island. (Fireworks visible from Middleton Park Ext.). 

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