It’s that time of year again; summer has arrived on the Outer Banks! The Fourth of July is always one of the highlights of the summer here on the OBX, and this year is sure to be no different. Just about every rental cottage, hotel room and condo will be filled with vacationers from around the nation who are excited about celebrating Independence Day on North Carolina’s coast.
There are plenty of activities and events happening on the Outer Banks on the days leading up to and on the Fourth of July, including a parade, a festival and of course, plenty of fireworks displays. Many people decide to watch one of the fireworks displays while lying on the beach – others choose to view the fireworks demonstrations from on top of Jockey’s Ridge in Nags Head.
Since there’s so much going on during a short amount of time, we’ve compiled a comprehensive list of Fourth of July celebrations on the Outer Banks… Enjoy the show!
Corolla’s 23rd Annual Independence Day Celebration
The only fireworks display on the Outer Banks that isn’t on July 4th, Corolla’s celebration will be held on July 3, 2015. The 23rd Annual Independence Day Celebration in Corolla offers an afternoon of fun family activities.
The event is located at Historic Corolla Park (1100 Club Road, Corolla, NC) and features food vendors, a cornhole tournament, watermelon eating contest, and children’s games.
Admission and parking are free (arrive early!); event starts at 5:00 PM with a fireworks display at dusk. The event is sponsored by Currituck Outer Banks Travel & Tourism. Call 252-435-2947 or visit www.visitcurrituck.com/events for additional details.
Duck Fourth of July Parade
One of the biggest parades of the year on the Outer Banks, the 11th Annual Duck 4th of July Parade will take place on Friday, July 3, 2015 at 9:00 AM. As soon as the parade ends, there will be live music, food, drinks and parade trophies at the Duck Town Park (1200 Duck Road).
The one-mile parade will once again start at the top of the hill on Scarborough Lane. The route follows Scarborough Lane towards the ocean, turns onto Ocean Way, and then goes down Christopher Drive, ending at Duck Road (NC 12). Kitty Hawk Kites will once again have a presence in the Duck 4th of July Parade, so be on the look out for us!
For more information or to register to participate, visit the Town of Duck’s website or call 252.255.1286 for more information.
Manteo Fourth of July Fireworks Celebration 2015
Enjoy fireworks over the Roanoke Sound with the Town of Manteo’s annual July 4th celebration! The United States Marine Corps 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing Band will be performing at Festival Park in Manteo from 8 PM to 10 PM, with fireworks beginning at dark. This ensemble of Marine musicians completes over 150 commitments annually and travels in excess of 30,000 miles. Throughout their travels, they uphold the old and honored Marine traditions of pride, professionalism, and esprit de corps.
In addition to live music, there will be plenty of food and beverage vendors as well as other various locally owned businesses. Parking is very limited during this annual event. If you’re interested in going, plan on getting over to the downtown Manteo waterfront well before dark. There will be plenty of things to do as you await the fireworks show!
If you have any questions about Manteo’s Fourth of July celebration, visit the Town of Manteo’s website.
Nags Head July 4th Fireworks Celebration
Once again, the Town of Nags Head will light up the sky with what is sure to be a fantastic fireworks display. Trained professionals will be lighting off fireworks from Nags Head Fishing Pier located at milepost 11.5 on S. Virginia Dare Trail (or beach road) in Nags Head.
We recommend watching the display while lying or sitting on the beach. And if you can arrive early enough, Jockey’s Ridge is probably the best seat on the Outer Banks to watch the fireworks display given the sand dunes high altitude.
Nags Head’s fireworks display starts at 9:25 PM on July 4, 2015. If you have any questions about the celebration, visit the Town of Nags Head website.
Kill Devil Hills July 4th Fireworks Display Info 2015
Last year was the first time the Town of Kill Devil Hills had a Fourth of July fireworks display for quite some time. Fortunately, they’ve decided to keep the event going another year and there will once again be a spectacular light show in KDH!
Fireworks are set to begin at dusk, and will be lit off on Avalon Fishing Pier (2111 N Virginia Dare Trail Kill Devil Hills, NC) with is located on the oceanfront at milepost 6.
If you’d like more information on the fireworks display, visit the Town of Kill Devil Hills’ website.
Hatteras Island July 4th Fireworks at Avon Fishing Pier
If you are staying on the beaches of Hatteras Island this Fourth of July, you won’t have to travel dozens of miles to Nags Head or Kill Devil Hills to see nearest fireworks display this July 4th. Avon Fishing Pier will once again be the epicenter for loud noises and pyrotechnics over the Atlantic Ocean.
The Hatteras Island fireworks show starts at dusk, and is sure to be a great time. Vacationers and locals can set up on the Cape Hatteras National Seashore beaches with a chair or blanket and gaze at the explosions over the Atlantic.
Please note, this will be the only major fireworks display on Hatteras Island.
Parking is available for $10 per car in the Avon Fishing Pier parking lot. Space is very limited and if you plan on watching the Independence Day celebration at the pier, you should plan to arrive early.
Be sure to tune into 95.9 FM from 9:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. to hear the live broadcast of the fireworks along with patriotic music. There will be a post-fireworks celebration at Beach Koru Beach Club from 10 p.m. till late.