If you are lucky enough to be visiting the Outer Banks this 4th of July… well then you are lucky enough.
While every summer week includes events and activities for the whole family, the 4th of July has a parade in Duck and the added ohhh and ahhhs of fireworks at multiple locations!
There are plenty of locations with professional fireworks display that are near where you live or are vacationing. Remember, setting off fireworks that launch or propel into the air or make a sound is illegal in Dare County. It can be dangerous to your family and elevates the risk of fires to nearby structures and environmental hazards to our wildlife.
Duck 4th July Parade
The best plan is to start your day with the Duck 4th of July parade. The parade starts at 9am, but I recommend getting there early to park and grab your spot lining the route.
In fact, I suggest you treat yourself and family to Duck Donuts (if you haven’t tried them, you will thank me).
The parade route is horseshoe shaped in downtown Duck from Scarborough Lane to Ocean Way and ends at Pamela court off Christopher Drive.
After the parade wander over to the Duck Town Park for the awards ceremony, watermelon and live Dixieland music.
If you haven’t visited Duck before, take a stroll along the boardwalk on the soundside (accessible from the town park), there are delightful shops and wonderful natural vistas of the estuary.
Corolla Independence Day Celebration
You may want to skip the beach on the 4th because there is just so much to do! Heading north from Duck is Corolla’s celebration from noon to after 9pm at Historic Corolla Park.
There is more live music (starting at 5) with Tidewater Drive Band, watermelon eating contest, kids games and corn hole tournament to fill out the afternoon.
This 25th annual event and fireworks presentation begins at dusk and is one of the best in the area. Admission and parking are free – no coolers, alcohol or on street parking is permitted. Corolla boat ramp has no dockage.
Avalon Pier – Kill Devil Hills – July 7th
The Avalon Pier, located at milepost 6, will host their fireworks display on July 7th. Late scheduling is a bonus to be able to attend multiple shows this year. The show will be put on by Pyrotechnico at dark.
Manteo 4th July Celebration
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.
The 4th of July festivities begin at 3 pm in front of the Courthouse with singing the National Anthem.
The town will have family friendly contests like apple pie eating, wacky hat and decorated bike contests. There are food vendors and a free concert at Roanoke Island Festival Park from the 208th Army Band beginning at 8 pm with the fireworks display at dusk over Roanoke Sound – park gates open at 6 pm. Bring a chair or blanket kick back and watch the show.
Nags Head Fishing Pier
The Nags Head Fishing Pier, located at milepost 11.5, also has a fireworks display. Fireworks are scheduled to begin at 9:25pm.
Avon Fishing Pier
If you are staying further south on Hatteras Island, there are fireworks close by at Avon Fishing Pier. They are schedule to start at 9 pm.
There will also be a simultaneous radio broadcast from 9 to midnight with “Music for Fireworks and patriotic music on FM 101.5 and 99.9 and live stream on www.radiohatteras.org.
Can’t Decide Where to View the Show?
You can plant yourself on the beach, even some distance away from the piers, and still be able to enjoy the fireworks. There are usually lots of families enjoying the evening and the kids get to run around and play until the show begins. Bring some beverages, snacks, blanket, chairs, flashlights (and probably bug spray – just in case) to enjoy the evening.
Please use the beach accesses and do not walk across the dunes at any of the Outer Banks beaches.
Jockeys Ridge, located in Nags Head, is the largest sand dune on the east coast. While the State Park does not host its own display, the elevation from the top of the dune is excellent for viewing multiple displays at the same time.
Be prepared to hike a bit to get to the top of the dune for the best vantage point. The only problem sometimes is too many fireworks are going off all at once and you keeping snapping your head not to miss one.
It’s is a great family friendly location to enjoy anytime. The views from the top of the dune are worth the walk up. Kids have a great time rolling and sliding down the down.
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!
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