Hurricane Arthur and Jim Cantore blew through the Outer Banks this Fourth of July, causing excitement and concern for our island and planned holiday activities. Postponed events were a disappointment at first, but locals and vacationers were happy to enjoy 3 nights of firework shows Saturday through Monday evening. photo_26_120

Corolla wrapped up the final rescheduled Outer Banks Independence Day events at Currituck Heritage Park last night. The event kicked-off at 5 p.m. with a DJ and Watermelon Eating Contest at 5:30 p.m. The park was filled with local vendors serving up local cuisine and various games and activities for kids. Attendees were able to stroll around Heritage Park and enjoy the warm weather and water views. The Tidewater Drive Band performed popular hits from the 60’s and 70’s while attendees spread out their blankets and yawn chairs, preparing from the upcoming firework show.  At dusk the first round of fireworks went off over the Currituck Sound, providing a magical moment for all of those in attendance. july_4_whalehead_400

The Whalehead Club is known for having the best fireworks on the beach and the rumor is true. Booming fireworks could be heard and seen, back to back for nearly a half hour. Once the grand finale came to a close, guests enjoyed a few final songs from The Tidewater Drive Band before they headed home for the evening.