To really experience the 4th of July in the Outer Banks takes some planning, a sense of humor and a bit of stamina.
With events happening from Corolla all the way to Ocracoke, there is no way to see everything, but even on the northern Outer Banks, getting to all of the 4th of July in the Outer Banks events is a challenge.
Beginning the 4th of July in the Outer Banks in Duck
We always start in the Town of Duck because, well…it’s the first event of the day.
The Duck Independence Day Parade has to be experienced to be truly appreciated.
The parade begins at 9:00 a.m., but it’s a good idea to add a half an hour to the typical drive time to the village because of traffic.
It was pretty hot and sticky this year, but the parade is worth every drop of sweat.
Where else would Santa Claus, and trumpet playing unicyclist who jumps rope and a duet performing “Surfin’ USA” from the back of a pick-up truck be gathered in one place? And a really nice touch from the Town of Duck—free watermelon, popsicles, and water on the town green.
Free entertainment also from Just Playing Dixieland. The best part of the music is when a couple of dozen kids came up on stage and performed “When the Saints” on kazoo.
There’s a choice to be made after the Duck festivities wrap up—the Whalehead Club in Corolla or Manteo. Everything begins at 3:00 in either place.
We chose Manteo this year. Great breeze off the sound kept thing comfortable. The music was outstanding with bluegrass artists Songs From The Road Band performing on the Dare County Arts Council steps followed by Drivin’ and Cryin’ on the Boathouse Stage. Amazing music.
We could have hung around for the 4th of July in the Outer Banks fireworks in Manteo, but opted instead to head down to the beach. The Manteo fireworks are amazing, but there is something about watching the night sky at the edge of the continent illuminated by symbols of our freedom and independence that is special.