It’s cold. . . . it’s the middle of the winter . . . and summer seems so distant right now that it’s hard to imagine in just four or five months the Outer Banks summer vacation time will be here. But sure as there is winter, summer will follow and with so much to do from the beaches of Corolla to the Bodie Island Lighthouse, it’s time to shake the winter blues and finalize the family plans.
Interesting this year that the Independence Day falls on a Saturday, but if timed right vacationers, it’s a great opportunity to commemorate our nation’s birthday twice. Recognizing that Saturday is changeover day, some of the best celebrations will be held on Friday, July 3.
Start the day at the Town of Duck Independence Day Parade at 9:00 a.m. This may be the wackiest, funniest and best small town parade in the country. Fire trucks, dancing dogs. a lasso twirling unicyclist and anyone who signs up in time. After the parade, there are fun and games and live music on the Town Green.
Up in Corolla, the Whalehead Club has turned its Independence Day Celebration into an evening festival for the past 23 years and this year is no exception with live music, lots of family activities and fireworks. Festivities kick off at 5:00 and the fireworks are always spectacular.
There are actually two days of celebrations this year. The town of Manteo is holding their 4th fo July festivities on Saturday. An all day affair, it has a wonderfully small town feel to it. The Second Marine Aircraft Wing Band will be on hand to provide music, which is about as all American as it gets.
Here at Joe Lamb, Jr. & Associates, we still have some great availability for the last week in June and the first week in July or for a two week stay that would include all the Independence Day celebrations and plenty of time to explore the Outer Banks.