The 4th of July is just one week away and for visitors lucky enough to be on the Outer Banks during the celebration of our nation’s birthday, there is plenty to do.

Start the day with a two mile run over Jockey’s Ridge. It’s called the Killer Dunes 2-miler, and as anyone will attest who has run on sand, two miles in that environment is not going to be easy.

For a fun time, check out the Town of Duck’s Annual Independence Day Parade. A whacky, fun time—don’t miss this one. A quick note about the parade: although no part of the route is on NC12, traffic can get backed up during the parade because there are so many people watching and participating. It begins at 9a.m. and is usually done by 11 a.m.

Lot’s of family activities as well. Manteo, Duck—after the parade, and the Whalehead Club feature all day events geared toward families.

Of course the 4th of July is all about fireworks and there are lots of them. The Whalehead Club is always spectacular. For visitors going to Kill Devil Hills or Nags Head, put a blanket on the beach halfway between Avalon Pier in KDH and Nags Head Pier in Nags Head and watch both shows at once.

Jockey’s Ridge State Park is also a great place to check out the fireworks—Manteo and Nags Head are visible from the top of the ridge.

4th of July Events

2016 Killer Dunes 2-Miler & Fun Run


Jockey’s Ridge State Park, Nags Head

Start off your Independence Day weekend by supporting one of the Outer Banks’ most beautiful treasures. Overcome a 2 mile course on the tallest natural sand dune system in the Eastern United States! Quarter-mile Fun Run also available for all ages. Proceeds benefit Friends of Jockey’s Ridge.

12th Annual Town of Duck 4th of July Parade

9:00 a.m.

Town of Duck

After the parade, walk to the Duck Town Park for a live Dixieland band, watermelon and the awarding of trophies!

Town of Manteo 4th of July Celebration

Celebrate the birth of our nation with a day filled with activities.

July 4th Celebration with Town of Manteo Fireworks/Live Concert

Roanoke Island Festival Park Outdoor Pavilion

Music and Fireworks-Pack up the lawn chairs, blankets and picnic and bring family and friends as the nation celebrates July 4thin the Outdoor Pavilion at Roanoke IslandFestivalPark. Fireworks will be provided by the Town of Manteo beginning at 9:30 p.m. A patriotic concert will began at 8

The Town of Kill Devil Hills 4th of July

Avon Pier

Town Of Nags Head Fireworks Spectacular

Nags Head Fishing Pier

Town of Manteo Fireworks

Downtown Manteo. Fireworks begin at 9:30

Whalehead Club-24th Annual Independence Day Celebration

Corolla Festival of Fireworks Monday, July 4th, 2016 from 12pm – 9pm

What better way to celebrate America’s independence than with free live music by the Tidewater Drive Band and a spectacular fireworks show on the northern Outer Banks! The 24th Annual Independence Day Celebration in Corolla offers an afternoon of fun family activities. The event features food vendors, a cornhole tournament, watermelon eating contest, and children’s games. Admission and parking are free; event starts at 5:00 p.m. with a fireworks display at dusk.