It looks as though the annual Independence Day celebrations on the Outer Banks are going to be extended a bit this year. According to reports in local media, Kill Devil Hills had to move their fireworks celebration to Friday evening because of a shortage of fireworks.
Regardless, that's not a completely bad situation since it gives everyone a chance to see the night sky painted with fireworks.
We always recommend starting at the Duck Independence Day Parade. Beginning at 9:00 a.m., the parade is the first event of the day, and it is a great way to get in the mood for a day of fun and celebration. A whacky tribute to the American spirit, its worth the effort getting there. Parking can be a bit of an issue so get there early or expect to walk.
We haven't heard of anything special being planned for the Whalehead Club but this is their 25th Anniversary of Fireworks. It's always a daylong event at Currituck Heritage Park, the location of the Whalehead Club, and a day that's wonderfully geared toward families.
Ditto on that for Manteo which is another of those quintessentially American celebrations of Independence. The Army Band will be on hand at Roanoke Island Festival Park to provide live music. And that will be followed by fireworks.
Nags Head will be holding their fireworks at 9:25 and that may be the place to be. There is something magical about sitting on a beach towel, on a summer's night at the edge of a continent of freedom. As the night sky is lit with exploding colors it's a reminder of how precious our freedoms are.
Independence Day Schedule of Events
(Events arranged by time)
Duck ParadeScarborough Lane to Pamela CourtLive music by Just Playn' Dixieland and awards ceremony, Duck Town Park, after parade
Noon25th Annual Independence Day Celebration
Festival of Fireworks, Whalehead Club
Historic Corolla Park
3 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Independence Day celebration, Manteo
208th Army Band concert, Roanoke Island Festival Park, 8 p.m.
Fireworks, downtown waterfront
Nags Head Fireworks, Nags Head Pier
All Day: StatewideFree fishing on any body of water in North Carolina, no license required.
Friday, July 7
Kill Devil HillsFireworks, Avalon Pier, 9:15 p.m.
(All Fireworks begin between 9:15 and 9:30)