Independence Day Outer Banks Style

The 4th of July on the Outer Banks is about as all-American as it gets . . . at least one great parade, all day celebrations and lots of fireworks.

The parade? The Duck Independence Day Parade, one of the wackiest, most fun parades ever seen. About a mile long, it starts at 9 in the morning and weaves through some of the back streets of Duck finishing on NC 12, so either plan on watching or avoid the village until 11 or 11:30. The parade is followed by some great entertainment at the town’s amphitheater.

To make the Fourth an all day affair, check out either the Whalehead Club in Corolla or the town of Manteo. Lots happening all day at both places, definitely family and kid friendly with spectacular fireworks in the evening. The setting at the Whalehead Club, in particular, is spectacular.

The town of Nags Head also lights the sky with a fireworks display at the Nags Head Pier. There is something magical about sitting on the beach on a warm summer evening with the sound of the surf a backdrop to fireworks painting the sky.

For a little bit different experience, park at either the main Kitty Hawk Kites store in Nags Head or Jockey’s Ridge State Park and watch the fireworks from the top of Jockey’s Ridge. Both Manteo and Nags Head are easily seen, although they are a bit distant.

No matter what, plenty to do on the Fourth on the Outer Banks. Have fun and celebrate our nations birthday.

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