The Duck Independence Day Parade. Filled with wacky and unpredictable.

The Duck Independence Day Parade. Filled with wacky and unpredictable.

Independence Day is an all-day, all-American celebration. The nighttime fireworks are, in many ways just the icing on the cake for a day parade, music and an all-around feeling of a party.

And a party it should be because July 4, 1776 was the day we officially said, “We’re a nation. We will no longer bow to the King of England.”

4th of July in the Outer Banks is in many ways, a birthday party.

There are three places in this area where those happenings are really occurring—the Whalehead Club, the Town of Duck and Manteo.

4th of July in the Outer Banks – Whalehead Club, Corolla

This celebration begins around 3:00 p.m. with what may be the best family atmosphere on the Outer Banks for an Independence Day celebration.

Lots of kid-friendly games and rides. Food vendors are on hand to keep everyone fed and the setting could not be much more beautiful.

The fireworks begin at dusk.

Town of Duck, Parade

9:00 a.m.

This 4th of July in the Outer Banks event has to be witnessed to be fully appreciated. Probably one of the wackiest, most fun-filled parades ever.

The criteria for entering seems to be, “Would you like to be in a parade?”

Look for Santa Claus, a unicorn riding trumpet player, families that wish to walk the mile route, numerous businesses and retailers and, of course, Brindley Beach Vacations.

It’s a good idea to try to get there a bit early. Parking can be a challenge, but it would be hard to imagine a better way to start the day.

Manteo

3:00 p.m.

If there is such a thing as a perfect small-town Independence Day party, this is it.

There is something for everyone here. Wonderful and creative competitions including Wacky Hat Contest, the Decorated Bike Contest, and the Apple Pie Contest. That’s followed by some great live music.

Food vendors are on hand and the whole feeling is like a wonderful street fair.

Hang around for 4th of July in the Outer Banks and check out the fireworks beginning around 9:00 p.m.

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