For most of the the country, July 4th falling on a Saturday makes scheduling around it easier. On the Outer Banks, though, Saturday is changeover day with a few 100,000 people coming and going, so some rearranging of festivities seemed in order.
Duck and Corolla seem to be the two places most affected and look for their traditional Independence Day celebrations on Friday.
The Duck Independence Day Parade will take place Friday morning at 9:30 a.m. This is a “don’t miss it event” that features marching jugglers, dogs, firetrucks and an amazing spirit of small town America.
In Corolla the Whalehead Club Fireworks will be held that evening, Friday with the festivities opening at 6:00. Look for the fireworks about 8:45-9:00. There’s a good reason why this is one of the most popular Independence Day activities on the Outer Banks. The setting is exquisite, there’s a fair-like atmosphere designed for families that includes live music, festival food and arts and crafts.
Kill Devil Hills and Nags Head have firework displays scheduled to begin at dusk. KDH will hold their festivities at Avalon Pier, and Nags Head will be using Nags Head Pier. Find a comfortable place on the beach and think about the beauty of painting the sky with fireworks on the edge of a continent.
Manteo hosts an all day affair with a street fare beginning about noon and fireworks over Shallow Bag Bay in the evening. Anyone looking for the spirit of Americana in a small town setting, this is the place to be.