4th Of July this year is looking a little different, but that’s okay! While celebrations around town this year are cancelled, it doesn’t mean that your holiday fun has to be. We’ve got some great ways for you to still enjoy the 4th with your close friends and family right at home!

Cookout At The House

What’s 4th Of July without a little backyard barbecue? Throw some burgers and hot dogs on the grill and you have a party! You can find a bunch of Outer Banks inspired recipes on our blog or even a few patriotic themed recipes below! And of course we’ve got a fun drink recipe for the adults. Cheers!

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Buffalo Chicken Sliders

Recipe via PureWow

Buffalo chicken sliders 4th of july recipe

Mini Fruit Pizzas

Recipe via 6 Clever Sisters

Mini fruit pizza 4th of july recipe

Watermelon Texas Margarita

Recipe via The Candid Appetite

Watermelon Texas margarita 4th of July recipe

Spend Time Outside

Spending time around the pool on the 4th Of July

Whether you’re on the Outer Banks or at home celebrating the 4th of July; get outside! Spend some time at the beach (while social distancing) or splash around in the pool. No matter what you choose to do, you’ll create long lasting memories together as a family.

Entertain The Kids

Red, White, and Blue water gun fight for 4th of July
Image via Royal Baloo

Make this 4th Of July that much more special for the little ones! Plan out a water balloon or water gun fight with them. Have them wear white shirts and put blue and red dye in the balloons and water guns. At the end of the fight, they’ll have some seriously cool t-shirts to wear! You can also plan an OBX themed scavenger hunt! Check out our sheet below to download and print out!

4th Of July Safety

4th Of July firework Safety on the Outer Banks

If you’re on vacation on the Outer Banks and want to set off your own 4th of July fireworks; please be mindful of the rules. On Hatteras Island, in Nags Head, Manteo, Southern Shores, and Duck, ALL firework use is illegal. So trade out your firecrackers for glow sticks, glow wants, and glow in the dark bubbles for a safe light show! If you’re on the Dare County mainland, Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills, or Roanoke Island; safe and sane fireworks are legal but please be careful.

4th Of July Safety Tips From Dare County

Firework Safety in Dare County
  • Don’t Allow Children to play with or light the devices
  • Light only one device at a time and quickly move away to enjoy the show
  • Never place any part of your body overtop the device
  • Have a bucket of water or water hose readily available where you are lighting the fireworks in case a fire starts
  • Do not attempt to relight a device that does not ignite and properly fire
  • Thoroughly soak the device in water before throwing away