A Perfect Weekend to Greet an Outer Banks Summer

Beach goers at Jennette’s Pier, Nags Head.

It doesn’t get much better than this. Our Outer Banks beaches were filled, and no wonder. The weather this Memorial Day weekend has been as close to perfect as could be.

Memorial Day…well, Memorial Day weekend…is the unofficial start of summer. For those who are sticklers for detail, June 21 is the first day of summer, but in the world of the Outer Banks, this weekend is it.

The water was cool, the air was warm, the sun was bright and the sand was inviting. What else is needed to have a perfect beach day.

From Corolla clear down to Ocracoke, our beaches were filled with visitors, and quite a few locals, enjoying surf, sun and a wonderful summer’s day.

Before we forget, one of the Ocracoke beaches was named number two on Dr. Beach’s top ten list for this year.

Almost every Outer Banks beach has been on the list at some point in time. Corolla was number one a few years back, so it’s not allowed on the list anymore.

Although Memorial Day is a wonderful holiday and welcomes the summer season, here at Joe Lamb, Jr. & Associates, we don’t want to forget what its purpose is really all about. It is a day to thank our veterans and remember the many who have sacrificed themselves for our nation.

There will be a number of brief ceremonies tomorrow. We’re including a list for those who may wish to attend.

Memorial Day Ceremonies on the Outer Banks

Southern Shores

9:00 a.m.

Southern Shores Cemetery

Dogwood Trail

Kitty Hawk

10 a.m.

Austin Cemetery

Between Ridge Road and Tillet Street

Nags Head

11 a.m.

Nags Head Town Hall

5401 S. Croatan Highway (Mile Post 14).

Kill Devil Hills


Veterans Memorial across from First Flight High School

100 Veterans Drive


11 a.m. 

Veteran Memorial at the Dare County Arts Council

300 Queen Elizabeth Avenue

OBX Summer Is Coming, Event Calendar Fills


Yea for summer! It’s almost here. Memorial Day Weekend is upon us, the weather is getting warmer and there’s lots to do.

The Lost Colony kicks off its 79th season this weekend; the Outer Banks Brewfest ups the ante with the Inaugural Outer Banks Craft Beer Week. There’s still a Brewfest—that’s happening next weekend on June 5, but this week will be filled with beer tastings, beer and food pairing and all things beer related.

Summer, of course, is all about music, especially shag music and the weekend will not disappoint.

Sunday at the Whalehead Club in Corolla, the Memorial Day Beach Blast is a day before the actual holiday, but who’s counting. Outdoors on the expansive Whalehead Club lawn with vendors selling food, beer, soft drinks and just about everything that’s needed for a good time. Music from Blackwater Rhythm & Blues Band, DJ Harvey Taylor and Aquarium should keep the place hopping for the 12-5 time it’s scheduled..

It is free, but no coolers are allowed.

The Shallowbag Shag Beach Music Festival is Monday—yes, that is Memorial Day—at Roanoke Island Festival Park in Manteo. This one is an all day affair with music with the sound of shag and beach music beginning at 1:00 p.m. and going until 8:30 or 9:00 o’clock at night.

Cory Hemilright has been producing the  Shag Music Festival for a couple of years and it has really improved. He is also brining in some great sounds for the summer at RIFP. First show is this coming Thursday, June 2;  Collin Raye, Dave Atkins and the Lonesome River Band. That should be some great sounds.

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