It’s no secret that the best place to spend 4th of July is at the beach. Whether it’s family fun in the sun you’re looking for or a romantic night beneath a shower of fireworks, or even perhaps BOTH, the Outer Banks has exactly what you need to celebrate the perfect Independence Day.
Whether you choose to spend the day flying kites over Jockey’s Ridge in Nags Head, or body surfing in Kitty Hawk, no 4th of July is complete without the quintessential fireworks show and there’s no better place to see one than from a blanket on the Outer Banks. The limitless sky and numerous shows along the barrier islands provide views of multiple shows at once.
This year, our area will host four fireworks shows at the following (South end) locations: Avalon Pier in Kill Devil Hills, Nags Head Fishing Pier in Nags Head, fireworks over the sound in Manteo, and the Avon Fishing Pier in the village of Avon on Hatteras Island. Radio Hatteras will broadcast patriotic “Music for Fireworks” from 9 until 10pm and “Red, White & Blue” music until Midnight at FM 101.5 and 99.9. Tune in at 9pm to hear Bob Barris talk a little about the origin of Fireworks and offer a brief history lesson about the celebration of Independence Day. Then watch the sky light up to a very familiar Galactic tune, followed by a selection of patriotic music thanks to Radio Hatteras! To stream Radio Hatteras live on your computer, go to www.radiohatteras.org.
Quite possibly the best fireworks on the Outer Banks can be found at the opposite end of the islands, in Corolla at the 26th Annual Independence Day Celebration. What better way to celebrate America’s independence than with free live music and a spectacular fireworks show on the northern Outer Banks! The Whalehead Club, located at 1100 Club Road just off of NC 12 and positioned right beside The Currituck Lighthouse, is converted into an outdoor festival from 3pm-9pm, for an afternoon of fun family activities. With food, fun activities, and a stage featuring music for all ages, the historic house provides a beautiful backdrop for an evening of fun. The grand finale comes at dusk, when spectators take to their blankets and lawn chairs and watch as the entire sky is taken over by massive displays of light and color. Definitely a must-see if you’re in the Corolla area!
The Town of Nags Head, in conjunction with the Nags Head Fishing Pier and the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau, will host the Annual Independence Day Fireworks Spectacular on Wednesday, July 4, 2018 at 9:25 p.m. on the ocean pier located at Mile Post 11.5 on NC Route 12, S. Virginia Dare Trail in Nags Head. The fireworks display will last approximately 20 minutes. Parking at and near the fireworks display site will be directed by the Nags Head Police Department. Those attending the show are encouraged to park east of U.S. Highway 158/S. Croatan Highway. Those choosing to park west of U.S. Highway 158/S. Croatan Highway should use extreme caution while attempting to cross this heavily traveled roadway.
The following public beach accesses are recommended for access to the beach for fireworks viewing:
South of Nags Head Fishing Pier:
North of Nags Head Fishing Pier:
|Curlew Street||Bladen Street|
|Hollowell Street||Bittern Street|
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Jockey’s Ridge State Park is another ideal spot for viewing the fireworks. You can catch both Nags Head and Manteo displays atop Jockey’s Ridge. The park will be open late July 4th to accommodate visitors.
Start your day with a run. Run, or walk, across Jockey’s Ridge at the Killer Dunes 2 Miler. Afterwards, grab a hearty breakfast at one of our independently owned restaurants. During the day, watch the Town of Duck Parade, a one-mile parade route, is the same annually and begins at the crest of the hill on Scarborough Lane. The route follows Scarborough Lane towards the ocean, turns left onto Ocean Way, and then heads down Christopher Drive ending at Pamela Court. Afterwards, walk over the town park for music and festivities.
South of Nags Head, heading west over the causeway is the town of Manteo on Roanoke Island. This quaint small town has a delightful waterfront area, the Elizabethan Gardens, and the Aquarium which are all worth the ride. Head over to Manteo for a day filled with nonstop activities scheduled for their 4th of July celebration.
This year, the Town of Manteo is celebrating the 4th of July with new festivities and entertainment. At 10:30 am, there is a children’s concert presented by the 208th Army Band at Roanoke Island Festival Park Theater. This year there will be an “Independence Day Parade” down Queen Elizabeth Street. Everyone is invited to participate in the parade with their wacky hat, decorated bike and decorated golf cart. Families are encouraged participate together with the latest patriotic hat or bicycle. The Parade will start at approximately 3:15 pm beginning at the intersection of Queen Elizabeth Street and Ananias Dare Street and will end at the George Washington Creef Park at the Roanoke Island Maritime Museum. Be sure to bring your best homemade apple pie for the annual “American Apple Pie Contest”. Submit your entries at the tent in the park by 4:00pm. Judging will take place and winners will be announced at 5:30 pm. At 3:30 pm “The Lost Colony Choir” will perform at the Boathouse Stage in the park. At 4:00pm in the park, the “Firecracker Corn hole Tournament” will begin. Teams of two will compete for the grand prize to be the top firecracker in Corn Hole Competition. At 4:30pm the “Echoes of Heritage” will perform on the Boathouse Stage and you certainly don’t want to miss the “Sparkler Watermelon Eating Contest” that will start at 5:00 pm. At 5:30pm “The Crowd” will play on the Boathouse Stage until 7:30pm. At 8:00pm, the 208th Army Band will play patriotic songs at the outdoor pavilion at Roanoke Island Festival Park.
For those who appreciate a little history, head over to Island Farm at 1140 US Highway 64 in Manteo for the 1850 Independence Day celebration from 10am-4pm. Celebrate Independence Day 1850s style with Island Farm! Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy on the grassy lawn and commemorate our nation’s birth with musket-fire, games and a reading of the Declaration of Independence.
Continue the celebration at the Outdoor Pavilion at Roanoke Island Festival Park in Manteo. Bring a picnic, a blanket and the family and come early to post up for the fireworks show set to begin around sundown. An impressive display illuminates the waterway and Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse in a brilliant shower that is sure to make you happy you chose Manteo for your 4th of July fireworks show. There will be food vendors located in the parking lot next to the weather tower serving funnel cakes, lemonade, slushies, sausages, ribbon fries, barbeque and much more! Certainly sounds like a great celebration of our country’s birthday on the waterfront in downtown Manteo.
Where are the BEST fireworks on the Outer Banks? Anywhere you gather with family and friends to celebrate Independence Day and the birth of this great nation! The Outer Banks has plenty for you and the family to enjoy, while offering a spectacular natural setting that will make you proud to be an American!
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