One thing’s for sure…the Outer Banks certainly knows how to celebrate the birth or our nation. Independence Day is pretty much an all day thing locally with a parade, lots of family things to do and of course an abundance of fireworks.

In our view, the way to start the day is with the Town of Duck’s Annual 4th of July Parade. There may be a wackier, more fun parade somewhere, but if there is, we haven’t had a chance to check it out. It’s a lot of fun and it’s a great way to remember what a great place this is to live in and visit.

The parade starts at 9:00 a.m., but get there early.

After the parade the choice is to go either north or south. Festivities at either Manteo or the Whalehead Club in Corolla begin at 3:00 p.m.

Both are filled with very family oriented games and events and feature live music. And of course, culminating in a fireworks display. 

The Whalehead fireworks are noted for how spectacular they tend to be. Manteo features a fantastic place to view fireworks—the lawn of Roanoke Island Festival Park. The 208th Army Band will be on hand to play at the RIFP outdoor pavilion as well. 

Kill Devil Hills and Nags Head are going to be setting off fireworks this year. Nags Head will be at the Nags Head Fishing Pier and Kill Devil Hills will use Avalon Pier.

It’s 5.5 miles between the two piers. That’s a little far for simultaneous viewing but not completely out of the picture.

Speaking of simultaneous viewing—there is a bit of  tradition of climbing to the top of Jockey’s Ridge on the night of the 4th of July to watch the Manteo and Nags Head fireworks as they go off at the same time. It’s one of the few times during the year the Park allows visitors to stay after sunset.

Make your plans early, but by all means, plan or celebrating with us on July 4th.