Hoping to see some Independence Day fireworks on the Outer Banks? There’s only one possibility this year.
The Whalehead Club in Corolla is the only place going forward with the show. The fireworks will be on Friday evening to avoid the confusion of the Saturday changeover.
The event typically brings 5000-7000 people to the grounds of the Whalehead Club, but it’s very doubtful if that many people will be on hand this year.
The event itself has been really scaled back from previous years. Unlike past Independence Day celebrations, the fireworks are the only thing that will be a part of the day.
What Will Be Different This Year
In years past, there was very much of a fair-like atmosphere leading up to the fireworks with food vendors, crafts and rides for kids.
Concerned about large crowds and spreading COVID-19, Currituck County felt that the all day event would not be safe.
There will be other important changes as well.
The county is actively promoting watching the fireworks from the cars parked on the Whalehead Club grounds. The county has indicated cars will be parked farther apart than usual.
Recognizing that for some people the sigh tines to see the fireworks will be blocked—usually by trees, the lawn of the Whalehead Club will be available, but areas will be marked off indicating appropriate social distancing.
The county is urging people to wear a face mask and Sheriff Deputies and other county personnel will be on hand to encourage face coverings. There will be a limited number of face masks to hand out.
The other fireworks displays that Manteo, Kill Devil Hills and Nags Head have traditionally sponsored, will not occur this year. Kill Devil Hills did postpone theirs until Labor Day, although that may have to be cancelled as well.
The beach towns felt they could not control social gathering on the beach and that it would be too dangerous and contrary to state guidelines to have the fireworks. Manteo on the 4th of July, thrives on binging as many people as possible into the downtown—something contrary to the state guidelines on group gatherings.
The Whalehead Club fireworks begin around 9:00 p.m.
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