Government Mule Sunday At RIFP

Our personal favorite float from the Town of Duck's 4th of July Annual Parade.
Our personal favorite float from the Town of Duck’s 4th of July Annual Parade.

There is so much to celebrate on the Outer Banks during the summer that it can almost seem overwhelming.

Yesterday it was the 4th of July and what a great day it was. The weather held and the celebrations were magnificent.

We started the day at the Town of Duck’s annual parade, which is one of the whackiest, most wonderful small town parade imaginable. The parade has wonderful homemade floats—we loved the cardboard float. It has a jump rope, trumpet playing unicycle rider. Santa Clause always shows up, although his is in red shorts.

After the parade, there are free popsicles and watermelon at the town green with live music. Big kudos to Just Playing Dixieland for bringing about two dozen kids on stage to do a kazoo version of “When the Saints Go Marching In.”

We ended up on the beach watching fireworks paint the night sky. Particularly nice touch, just before the night sky took over, a pod of dolphin went by just off the beach.

It really doesn’t get much better than that.

Government Mule Sunday at Roanoke Island Festival Park

But the weekend doesn’t stop there.

Sunday, it Government Mule at Roanoke Island Festival Parkin Manteo.

The tour is being billed as their 20th Anniversary Tour. If ever a group owed its longevity to skill and talent over flash and dazzle, Government Mule is it. Their should is a little bit hard to categorize. It’s rock based, but with a lot of other influences.

RIFP is a wonderful place for an outdoor concert. The setting is beautiful, overlooking Shallowbag Bay and nighttime is perfect for a live summertime concert on the Outer Banks. 

Government Mule is the big name, but there is music somewhere on the Outer Bank every night during the summer.

Summer is wonderful on the Outer Banks, but every time of the year is special in its own way. Spend a week or two with Joe Lamb, Jr. & Associates and relax on island time…even if the Outer Banks are not truly islands.

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