By Outer Banks Voice on June 27, 2019
Fireworks shows will abound up and down the Outer Banks next Thursday, and the Town of Duck once again will host it Fourth of July Parade. Festivities in Manteo start at mid-afternoon leading up to the big event at Roanoke Island Festival Park.
Dare County has put together a roundup of activities planned for the Fourth. Fire risks are frequently high on the Outer Banks, so let the pros put on the show.
Fireworks are illegal in Dare County on Hatteras Island and have been banned in Duck, Southern Shores and Nags Head.
Here’s everything you need to know, courtesy of Dare County:
Town of Manteo
Enjoy 4th of July on Manteo’s Downtown Waterfront – Festivities start at 3 p.m. and run until dark (as fireworks begin).
Festivities begin at the old downtown courthouse with the singing of the National Anthem, followed by contests, music and dance on the courthouse stage. At dusk, be sure to find your spot along the waterfront to catch one of the area’s best firework displays!
Roanoke Island Festival Park
Roanoke Island Festival Park will host a free concert featuring SNAP on Thursday, July 4 at 8 p.m. on the pavilion grounds. Kick back and enjoy listening to classic hits and top 40 tunes. Following the concert, watch the Town of Manteo’s fireworks show over the water at dark.
Gates will open to the public at 6 p.m. and on-site parking will be available on a first come, first serve basis. Concessions from OBX Sunset Slush and Fourth of July themed merchandise from the Museum Store will be available on-site. Guests are encouraged to bring a chair, blanket or tarp to sit and enjoy the show. Those traveling by bike are asked to walk their bike into the pavilion grounds. For everyone’s safety, dogs, umbrellas, tents, personal fireworks, sparklers are not allowed.
Town of Duck
The 15th Annual 4th of July Parade begins on Thursday, July 4 at 9 a.m. After the parade, walk to the Duck Town Park for a live Dixieland Bank, free watermelon provided by Green Acres Farm Market and the awarding of parade trophies.
The one-mile parade route is the same annually and begins at the crest of the hill on Scarborough Lane. The route follows Scarborough Lane towards the ocean, turns left onto Ocean Way, and then heads down Christopher Drive ending at Pamela Court. No part of the parade takes place on Duck Road (NC 12).
Avon and Hatteras Island’s annual Independence Day celebration, “Fireworks at the Beach” on the 4th of July, is sponsored by the Avon Property Owners Association and funded in part by the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau. The fireworks display, permitted by and in cooperation with the National Park Service, will begin about 9:15 p.m. from a launch site at the end of the Avon Pier. The show lasts about 20 minutes. Fireworks are visible all along the Avon beach and parking is limited, so walk, bike or carpool.
This event is additionally made possible through donations from the Hatteras Island business community and its residents, property owners, and guests. Radio Hatteras will broadcast patriotic “Music for Fireworks” from 9 until 10 p.m. and “Red, White & Blue” music until Midnight at FM 101.5 and 99.9. Tune in at 9 p.m. to hear Bob Barris talk a little about the origin of fireworks and offer a brief history lesson about the celebration of Independence Day. Then watch the sky light up to a very familiar Galactic tune, followed by a selection of patriotic music. To stream Radio Hatteras live on your computer, go to www.radiohatteras.org.
Rain date July 5
Town of Kill Devil Hills
Fireworks will begin at dark on Thursday, July 4 at Avalon Pier (Milepost 6). So, pack a snack, bring a chair, unroll a blanket, get some sand between your toes, and have a dazzling good time at Kill Devil Hills’ Independence Week fireworks celebration beginning at dark on the beach!
Rain date is Friday, July 5.
Town of Nags Head
The Town of Nags Head will host, in conjunction with the Nags Head Fishing Pier and the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau, the annual Independence Day Fireworks Spectacular on Thursday, July 4 at 9:25 p.m. on the ocean pier located at Mile Post 11.5 on NC Route 12, S. Virginia Dare Trail in Nags Head. A rain date has been set for Friday, July 5. The fireworks display will last approximately 20 minutes.
Parking at and near the fireworks display site will be directed by the Nags Head Police Department. Those attending the show are encouraged to park east of U.S. Highway 158/S. Croatan Highway. Those choosing to park west of U.S. Highway 158/S. Croatan Highway should use extreme caution while attempting to cross this heavily traveled roadway.
All persons attending this event are reminded not to use or block private driveways. Vehicles blocking driveways or presenting a traffic hazard before, during, or immediately following this event will be towed. The Town of Nags Head requests that persons use the public beach accesses as pathways to the oceanfront. Please stay off the environmentally sensitive dune and do not use the private property of others, such as private gazebos or decks, to view the fireworks without the property owner’s permission.
No vehicles, with the exception of authorized Town and emergency vehicles, will be allowed on the ocean front beaches.
The following public beach accesses are recommended for access to the beach for fireworks viewing: Curlew Street, Hollowell Street, Conch Street, Bladen Street, Bittern Street, Bonnett Street, Barnes Street, Blackman Street.
Please remember that the personal use of fireworks and sky lanterns in Nags Head is illegal.
The 27th Annual Independence Day Celebration in Corolla offers an afternoon of fun family activities at Historic Corolla Park. The event features food vendors, a corn-hole tournament, watermelon eating contest, and children’s games. Admission and parking are free. The fireworks display will begin at dusk.