The Outer Banks Celebrates the Fourth with a BANG

 In Family Matters, Holiday, Music/Entertainment

The much-anticipated Fourth of July celebrations on the Outer Banks always make a big bang among residents and visitors alike. From north to south, here’s a rundown of what’s happening to celebrate!

Historic Corolla Park-July4th

1100 Club Road Corolla, NC

Beginning at 3 p.m., Corolla will kick off its 27th Annual Independence Day Celebration featuring food vendors, a corn hole tournament, watermelon eating contest and children’s games. Fireworks display kick off at dusk. Sponsored by Currituck Outer Banks Travel & Tourism, the event and parking are free. No alcohol or on-street parking permitted. Historic Corolla Park boat ramp is closed; no docking on July 4th. For more information, call 252-435-2947 or visit

The Town of Duck-July 4th

Downtown Duck

The Town of Duck’s 15th Annual Fourth of July Parade and Community celebration begins at 9 a.m. with the parade at the crest of the hill on Scarborough Lane. The one- mile route follows Scarborough Lane toward the ocean, turns left onto Ocean Way, and then heads down Christopher Drive ending at Pamela Court. Immediately following the parade, everyone is invited to walk to the Duck Town Park for a live Dixieland Band and watermelon provided by Green Acres Farm Market. Parade Trophies will be awarded at that time.

 The Town of Kill Devil Hills-July 4th

Avalon Pier, milepost 6

You can catch the Town of Kill Devil Hills show on July 4th beginning at 8:00 p.m. at Avalon Fishing Pier, 2111 Virginia Dare Trail. Rain date is July 5th. So, pack a snack, bring a chair, unroll a blanket, get some sand between your toes, and have a dazzling good time at Kill Devil Hills’ Family Fireworks Event! This event was made possible with the assistance of grant funding
from the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau.

For more information, visit

The Town of Nags Head-July4th

Nags Head Fishing Pier, milepost 11.5

The Town of Nags Head will kick off its Fireworks Spectacular beginning at 9:25 p.m. on July 4th at the Ocean Pier located at Mile Post 11.5 on NC Route 12, S. Virginia Dare Trail in Nags Head. The rain date for the event is July 5.

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. 158. Those choosing to park west of of the bypass should use extreme caution while attempting to cross this heavily-traveled roadway.

The town reminds anyone attending not to use or block driveways. Vehicles blocking driveways or presenting a traffic hazard before, during, or immediately following this event will be towed. The Town of Nags Head requests that persons use the public beach accesses as pathways to the oceanfront. Please stay off the environmentally sensitive dune and do not use the private property of others, such as private gazebos or decks, to view the fireworks without the property owner’s permission.

The following public beach accesses are recommended for access to the beach for fireworks viewing:

  • South of Nags Head Fishing Pier
  • Curlew Street
  • Hollowell Street
  • Conch Street
  • North of Nags Head Fishing Pier
  • Bladen Street
  • Bittern Street
  • Bonnett Street
  • Barnes Street
  • Blackman Street

Jockey’s Ridge State Park is another great spot for viewing the fireworks. Other local fireworks may be seen but distantly. The park will be open late July 4 to accommodate visitors. Please call the park at 252-441-7132 for more information.

At the conclusion of the fireworks, spectator, pedestrian and vehicular traffic exiting the area will be directed and controlled by Nags Head police officers.

For more information, call 252-441-5508 or visit

The Town of Manteo-July 4th

Budleigh Street

Town of Manteo 4th of July Celebration: July 4th, 2019 at 9:30 pm Budleigh Street, Manteo, NC 27954. Come out to Manteo’s Fourth of July Celebration on the waterfront, where you can also participate in a wacky hat contest, decorated bike contest, apple pie contest, live music and more. Music will be provided during the afternoon and evening by Martin Terry, Echoes of Heritage, Old Enough to Know Better, and the Lost Colony Choir, and the National Anthem will be sung by Megan Glover. Then after the sun goes down take in one of the best fireworks shows on the Outer Banks. The rain date is July 5th.. For more information, call 252-473-2133 or visit

Hatteras Island-July 4th

A July 4 golf cart parade motors off at 5 p.m. Hatteras Village. The parade starts at Teach’s Lair Marina.

In Avon, fireworks are scheduled at the Avon Pier starting at 9:15 p.m. The show is sponsored by the Avon Property Owners Association and funded in part by the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau. The fireworks display, permitted by and in cooperation with the National Park Service, lasts about 20 minutes. Fireworks are visible all along the Avon beach and parking is limited, so walk, bike or carpool.

This event is additionally made possible through donations from the Hatteras Island business community and its residents, property owners, and guests. Radio Hatteras will broadcast patriotic “Music for Fireworks.” Rain date is July 5.


Ocracoke Island’s celebrating Independence Day over a three-day period, starting Wednesday, July 3, with a traditional Ocracoke Island square dance and fireworks that can be viewed from Silver Lake Harbor beginning at 9:15 p.m.

On July 4, the celebrate continues all day, with a sand sculpture contest and “Old Time Independence Day Parade.” In the evening there will be a glow-in-the-dark laser effects show and dance party.

On Friday, July 5, festivities conclude community beach bonfire at the Ocracoke Lifeguard Beach/Day Use Area.


Please Note: N.C. state law prohibits any fireworks that propel an object or that explode. Permissible fireworks emit only sparks or smoke from a stationary position. Please check individual municipalities for local regulations. In addition, its encouraged that if you are watching the fireworks displays beginning held on the beach that you park east of U.S. 158.




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