Fireworks lighting the Outer Banks sky.

Fireworks lighting the Outer Banks sky.

Our nation’s 244th birthday celebration is certainly different this year. Common sense and simple prudence says we don’t want to be gathering in large groups this year.

But one of the most remarkable and best things about who we are as a people is how resilient we are. And even in the midst of a very difficult time, how much strength we actually have. So it’s a sure bet the fireworks and all the celebrations will be back next year.

Unfortunately on the Outer Banks, there won’t be any fireworks this year. No gathering of a few thousand on the beach to watch the fireworks courtesy of Nags Head or Kill Devil Hills. No street fair in Manteo.

The Whalehead Club did have fireworks this year, but none of the other festivities were there.

So…since we don’t have what we have had in the past, we thought we would post a few pics from those wonderful celebrations in anticipation of next years 4th of July birthday bash.

Duck Town Parade

The town of Duck's Fourth of July Parade.

The town of Duck’s Fourth of July Parade.

There is nothing anywhere quite like the town of Duck’s Fourth of July parade. A true community event, it really brings home how special the day is and how much family is valued on the Outer Banks.

And the watermelon after the parade is always a real treat.

The Whalehead Club, Corolla

Gathering on the Whalehead Club lawn on a Fourth of July.

Gathering on the Whalehead Club lawn on a Fourth of July.

It was fireworks only this year at the Whalehead Club. A necessary decision but there is something so special about spreading out on the lawn with family and friends.

The whole day is given over to family fun—rides, food, and some great music thrown into the mix.

And then, of course, fireworks at night.

Manteo

The crowds gather in Manteo on Independence Day.

The crowds gather in Manteo on Independence Day.

They really pack them in Manteo for the Fourth of July. It’s an all day affair complete with rides for kids, food trucks and music.

A couple of nice features about the Manteo celebration—two stages so there’s always music and we have found the food to be a real treat.

A lot of people head to the town, so it does get kind of tight.

On the Edge of a Continent

All things considered, having checked out the fireworks at every location on the Outer Banks, there is something magical about celebrating our nation’s birthday as fireworks light up the sky on the edge of a continent.

There is so much to see and do on the Outer Banks and Brindley Beach Vacations has the perfect home in the best location.