After signing the Declaration of Independence John Adams, who would go on to be our second President, wrote to his wife, Abigail that the day would be “…celebrated as the great anniversary Festival”with “Pomp and Parade…Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other.”
We certainly had a celebration here on the Outer Banks. Not much pomp—it’s not something we do very much, but there was a parade in Duck and we did manage to illuminate the sky pretty well with fireworks. We can’t speak for the rest of the continent, but on this end, it was a pretty good celebration.
The weather sure helped. It was about as nice a day as there could be—mostly sunny, except for a brief afternoon shower, and mild, very pleasant temperatures right into the night.
There were celebrations bookending the northern Outer Banks—and all day affair in Corollla and an all day affair Manteo. both had live music, a couple of food trucks on hand and best of all, fireworks at night.
Manteo added a nice touch to their display, inviting the 208th Army Band to play at Roanoke Island Festival Park then capping the performance with fireworks over Shallowbag Bay.
Nags Head and Kill Devil Hills also had fireworks and sitting on the beach, with a gentle breeze off the ocean and the soothing sound of the waves breaking against the shore, there was a feeling that being on the Outer Banks fireworks illuminating the night sky, it was the perfect place to be.
A historical note about John Adams. In his letter to his wife he believes July 2 would be be magic day—that’s the day he signed it. However it was not ratified until July 4…Independence Day.