NC 4th of July festivities kick-off with the traditional Oak Island Beach Day on July 1st. A day full of games, entertainment and food hosted by the Town of Oak Island begins at 8 a.m. Following the annual Shag Contest, this year’s entertainment is the sought-after band, Gary Lowder & Smokin’ Hot. The day of fun in the sun ends with the annual Beach Day & Oak Island Fireworks at 9 p.m. There is plenty of room to social distance on the miles of beaches around the Oak Island Pier.