There is something unique, special, perhaps memorable about watching 4th of July fireworks at the edge of the continent. It is as though the shoreline is alight with a declaration for all to see that here is a great nation celebrating its heritage.
Hurricane Arthur forced everyone on the Outer Banks to reschedule their fireworks. Because of that, the place to be last night was almost anywhere between the Avalon Pier in Kill Devil Hills and the Nags Head Pier in Nags Head.
Avalon started their fireworks first but ten minutes later, the Nags Head Pier started in and for about fifteen minutes, no matter which way you turned on the beach, the sky was filled with blue and green and red sparkles and the concussive boom of rockets firing into the night sky.
It would be hard to imagine a more perfect setting—the evening was pleasantly cool with a very light breeze. The tide was out and the sound of the surf crashing then rolling to shore was a backdrop to the sound of the rockets as they sped into the sky. Families crowded the beach, there were a few sparklers out, one or two roman candles and a remarkable feeling that this was the right place to be at this time.
The July 4th celebrations are not quite finished yet. There is still a chance to see some spectacular pyrotechnics at the Whalehead Club on Monday night.