If you’re lucky enough to be on the Outer Banks this fourth of July, make sure you check out the following Independence Day celebrations! From traditional fireworks displays to parades, the Outer Banks celebrates the 4th of July in style!

Firework Displays

  • Corolla Festival of Fireworks: 5pm to 10pm  (Friday, July 3rd)
    The Annual Independence Day Celebration in Corolla offers an afternoon of fun family activities. The event features food vendors, a cornhole tournament, watermelon eating contest, and children’s games. Admission and parking are free; event starts at 5:00 p.m. with a fireworks display at dusk. Sponsored by the Currituck County Department of Travel and Tourism.
  • Avalon Fishing Pier
    Town of Kill Devil Hills will celebrate the 4th of July with a fireworks show at dusk on the Avalon Fishing Pier located at milepost 6 on the beach road.
  • Nags Head Fishing Pier
    Town of Nags Head at 9:25 p.m. will light up the night sky with a fireworks display at the Nags Head Fishing Pier located at milepost 11.5 on S. Virginia Dare Trail in Nags Head.
  • Fireworks over the Roanoke Sound
    Presented by the Town of Manteo, fireworks over the Roanoke Sound will take place at 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 4th.
  • Avon Pier
    A spectacular fireworks show in celebration of the 4th of July will take place at 9:00 p.m. at Avon Pier located at 41001 HWY 12, Avon, on Hatteras Island.

Other 4th of July Celebrations

4th Annual Firecracker 5K, Old Glory Mile & Little Sparkler Fun Run – July 3rd, 7:00AM

All American family and community event in the spirit of American Independence! Presented by Sun Realty and Outer Banks RunCations Supporting Wounded Warrior Project Event participants will enjoy post-race refreshments provided by The Shore Chef & Outer Banks Rum Cakes. Custom designed trophies created especially for this event for the top Male and Female 1st – 3rd place. Event t-shirt and unique finisher medals to ALL participants. All Old Glory Milers and Sparkler Fun Runners will also receive finisher medals. For more information, call (252) 489-8239 or email racedirector@runcations.com.

Killer Dunes 2-Miler & Fun Run – July 3rd, 8:30 AM

The largest state park in North Carolina and the largest moving sand dunes on the east coast host this Independence Day tradition on the Outer Banks. Run the Dunes of Jockey’s Ridge! Show your true American grit by charging of the most challenging courses ever and revel in the sense of accomplishment for conquering the 2 toughest miles on the Outer Banks.Proceeds benefit Friends of Jockey’s Ridge, a local non-profit organization dedicated to supporting, preserving, & enhancing Jockey’s Ridge State Park. For more information, visit http://www.raceit.com/search/event.aspx?id=30039 or email killerdunes@gmail.com.

Duck 4th of July Parade – July 3rd, 9:00AM

The 11th Annual Duck 4th of July Parade will take place on FRIDAY, JULY 3rd, 2015 at 9:00 a.m. Immediately following the parade, join us at the Duck Town Park, 1200 Duck Road, for live music from Just Playn’ Dixieland, cold refreshments, and the awarding of the parade trophies! The one-mile parade route is the same annually and begins at the crest of the hill on Scarborough Lane. The route follows Scarborough Lane towards the ocean, turns left onto Ocean Way, and then heads down Christopher Drive ending at Duck Road (NC 12). No part of the parade takes place on Duck Road (NC 12). For more information or to register to participate, visit townofduck.com/duck4thofjuly or call 252.255.1286.

Independence Day 1850 at Island Farm – July 4th, 10:00AM – 4:00PM

Celebrate Independence Day 1850s style with Island Farm! Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy on our grassy lawn as we commemorate our nation’s birth with musket-fire, games and a reading of the Declaration of Independence. Admission $8; children ages 5 and under free. For more information, visit http://www.theislandfarm.com/.

July 4th Celebration – United States Marine Corps 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing Band –  July 4th, 8:00PM  (fireworks at dark)

This event will take place at the Outdoor Pavilion located at 1 Festival Park in Manteo. Military history has established empirically that musical units are an integral part of the military. The Second Marine Aircraft Wing Band, stationed at MCAS Cherry Point, North Carolina, continues this fine tradition by representing one of the finest organizations in musical excellence. This ensemble of Marine musicians completes over 150 commitments annually and travels in excess of 30,000 miles. Throughout their travels, they uphold the old and honored Marine traditions of pride, professionalism, and esprit de corps. Consisting of 51 Marine Musicians, the 2nd MAW Band is a highly trained and versatile musical organization. The band is capable of performing in a multitude of settings, ranging from its primary mission is as a ceremonial unit, to other ensembles such as the Concert Band, Jazz Band or Big Band, Show Band, Jazz Combo, Brass Quintet, Woodwind Quintet, and Woodwind Duo. For more information, visit http://www.roanokeisland.com/.


Important Fireworks Information

North Carolina and Dare County prohibit the possession of any pyrotechnics which launch or propel into the air, or which explode making a sound or “report.” Sparklers, fountains, and ground displays are allowed in some towns but not all, and only with adult supervision and when exercising extreme caution and fire prevention, as these are very hazardous because of dry beach grasses, closely-built wood structures, high winds, and other factors.

Please click on the individual town names to view these regulations:

Duck | Southern Shores | Kitty Hawk | Kill Devil Hills | Nags Head | Hatteras Island | Roanoke Island

**Parking at and near the fireworks display site will be directed by the Nags Head Police Department. Those attending the show are encouraged to park east of U.S. Highway 158/S. Croatan Highway. Those choosing to park west of U.S. Highway 158/S. Croatan Highway should use extreme caution while attempting to cross this heavily traveled roadway.