The Outer Banks is an amazing place to experience the wonders of the 4th of July! Some towns celebrate United State Independence Day with grand fireworks displays and there are activities and events from Corolla to Avon. Plan ahead, avoid driving if you can, be safe, and enjoy!!!
It is very important to note that there are strict regulations in place on the Outer Banks concerning the use of consumer fireworks. According to the Dare County website:
“Because of the many dangers to public safety, all fireworks are illegal in Dare County on all of Hatteras Island. The Town of Duck, the Town of Southern Shores, and the Town of Nags Head have also banned the use of all fireworks materials. Before lighting any legal fireworks make sure to check with the local fire department.”
Throughout the summer you can often see fireworks lighting the sky. Lots of visitors to the Outer Banks enjoy consumer fireworks to celebrate the 4th of July or other festive occasions. However, it has been very dry and the Outer Banks has already experienced a number of brush and house fires so please keep it legal and safe.
“North Carolina general statue GS 12-413 defines which consumer fireworks are actually allowed in North Carolina. Pyrotechnics, commonly known as ‘Safe and Sane’ fireworks, are the only ones allowed in North Carolina. These devices include caps, snakes and glow worms, smoke devices, trick noise makers, sparklers, and other sparkling devices such as fountains. Illegal fireworks include devices that leave the ground, such as bottle rocks and mortars, and have a report or ‘bang’. Examples of these include firecrackers and M80s. These types of devices are not legally available in North Carolina.” Possession of illegal fireworks is a Class II Misdemeanor which carries a fine of up to $1000 and/or up to 30 days in jail! Don’t ruin your summer just for a big bang. For more information visit: http://www.darenc.com/fireworks
Public Independence Day celebrations and fireworks will be held in the Town of Duck, Kill Devil Hills, the Town of Manteo, Avon Pier on Hatteras Island, Corolla, and Nags Head.
Here’s a list of where and when the fun celebrations are happening!
Corolla – Festival of Fireworks – Friday July 3rd – 5:00 pm – Historic Corolla Park – Join in an afternoon and evening of fun for the whole family. There will be children’s activities, local food vendors, and live entertainment. Bring a blanket or chairs. The fireworks will begin at dusk!
The Town of Duck – 11th Annual 4th of July Parade – Friday July 3rd – 9:00 am – The rount follows Scarborough Land toward the ocean, turns left on Ocean Way, and then heads down Christopher Drive ending at Duck Road. Don’t miss all the fun after the parade at the Town Park! Live music from Just Playn’ Dixeland, cold refreshments, and awarding of the parade trophies!
The Town of Kill Devil Hills 4th of July Fireworks Celebration – Saturday July 4th – Dusk – The fireworks show and celebration of our nation’s independence will begin at dark off the Avalon Fishing Pier located at Mile Post 6 on the beach road. Rain date is Sunday, July 5th. Fireworks can be viewed from all areas of the Kill Devil Hills oceanfront.
If you are able to walk to the beach you may want to plan ahead and do so. Parking is very limited at the various town public beach accesses and traffic will most likely be fairly congested. Vacationers may also be able to view Kill Devil Hills’ Fourth of July fireworks display from outdoor decks or front/back yards of their rental homes or hotels. Local police officers will be directing local traffic at the conclusion of the fireworks.
The Town of Nags Head – Annual Independence Daly Fireworks Spectacular – Saturday July 4th – 9:25 pm – The annual Independence Day Fireworks Spectacular will be held at the ocean pier located at Mile Post 11.5 on NC Route 12, S. Virginia Dare Trail in Nags Head. A rain date has been set for Sunday, July 5. 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.
All persons attending this event are reminded not to use or block private 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.
No vehicles, with the exception of authorized Town and emergency vehicles, will be allowed on the ocean front beaches.
The following public beach accesses are recommended for access to the beach for fireworks viewing:
South of Nags Head Pier – Curlew Street, Hollowell Street, Conch Street
North of Nags Head Pier – Bladen Street, Bittern Street, Bonnett Street, Barnes Street, Blackman Street
The Town of Manteo 4th of July Celebration – Saturday July 4th – 3:00 pm – Dark – Celebrate Independence Day with small town flair that only the Town of Manteo can provide! Join in the fun of a wacky hat contest, decorated bike contest, apple pie contest, live music, and so much more. Then, after the sun goes down, find a place along the waterfront to take in one of the best firework shows on the Outer Banks.
Roanoke Island Festival Park – July 4th Celebration – United States Marine Corps 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing Band – 8:00 – 10:00 pm – The Second Marine Aircraft Wing Band, stationed at MCAS Cherry Point, North Carolina, continues the fine tradition of music in the military by representing one of the finest organizations in musical excellence. Enjoy the amazing music of the 51 Marine Musicians from the Outdoor Pavilion as you watch the fireworks overhead!
Jockey’s Ridge State Park can be an amazing spot for viewing the fireworks. With an advantageous position you may be able to see fireworks from both Manteo and Nags Head in the distance! The park will be open late July 4th to accommodate visitors. Please call the park at 252-441-7132 for more information.
Avon Fishing Pier Klub at Koru Village Ultimate Independence Day Party – July 4th – Join in the fun at the Beach Klub at Koru Village for “The Ultimate Independence Day Party!” Avon will have the best and ONLY fireworks display on Hatteras and Ocracoke Island! Tickets to the Ultimate Beach Party are ONLY $5 and will be available at Spa Koru. Limited number of tickets available!
-Fireworks will be shot off the end of the Avon Pier!
-An oceanfront concert by Raygun Ruby 7-11pm
-The BEST view of the Avon Pier Fireworks Display
-Food and drinks for purchase at our Tiki bars
-Live fire dancing show
-VIP parking at Spa Koru and the Beach Klub for $10—Portion of proceeds go to the Avon Fireworks Display
Call 252-995-3125 to purchase your tickets! (Spa Koru)
Fireworks may also be visible from the oceanfront.
Be safe! Enjoy! HAPPY JULY 4th TO ALL!!!