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Outer Banks Independence Day Celebrations!

July on Beach

Every year, the week of July 4th sets the stage for an unforgettable summer experience on the Outer Banks. It’s a time when locals and visitors alike come together to celebrate the nation’s independence in true beachside fashion. From Corolla to Nags Head, the Outer Banks is a haven for lively festivities and thrilling events that capture the essence of the holiday spirit.

We’ve gathered all the insider information on the planned local 4th of July celebrations. While some towns are yet to confirm their festivities, our dedicated team will keep this blog updated with the latest details. So, if you’re lucky enough to spend this momentous week in the Outer Banks, bookmark this guide as your ultimate planning companion.


Celebrate Independence Day in the Outer Banks like never before in Corolla! This event promises an unforgettable experience for the whole family. Enjoy live music, dazzling fireworks, delicious food vendors, and thrilling activities throughout the day. There’s something for everyone to enjoy. Don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity to create lasting memories in the picturesque setting of the Outer Banks. Join us for a day of patriotic fun, and let the fireworks illuminate the night sky in a spectacular display of red, white, and blue! This is a free event, the fun starts at 5 pm, and fireworks begin at dusk. 

Historic Corolla Park

1160 Village Lane

Corolla, NC 27927

5:00pm – 9:00pm (or at the conclusion of the fireworks show)


Join us for an unforgettable Independence Day celebration at the Town of Duck Annual 4th of July Parade! Experience the excitement as the parade travels through the scenic streets of Duck, starting at Scarborough Lane and ending at Pamela Court. Enjoy the festive atmosphere and cheer for the creative floats, lively music, and community spirit. After the parade, head over to Duck Town Park for a fantastic Community Celebration. Indulge in cold refreshments, groove to live music, and witness the presentation of the parade trophies. It’s a day filled with patriotism, fun, and cherished moments. Don’t miss out on this incredible event in the charming town of Duck!


Join us for a spectacular Independence Day celebration at the scenic Avalon Pier in Kill Devil Hills! Sponsored by the Town of Kill Devil Hills, this special fireworks display will light up the central Outer Banks. While you can’t watch the show directly from the pier, the wide and beautiful surrounding beaches offer the perfect setting to relax in a chair and enjoy the dazzling spectacle. Bring your beach essentials, whether it’s a chair, blanket, or beach towel, and find a spot early, as parking may be limited. Don’t worry about parking fees because town parking is free, and convenient beach access points are nearby. In case of inclement weather, a rain date will be announced, ensuring a memorable experience. Don’t miss the opportunity to end your Independence Day holiday with a breathtaking fireworks show that will create lasting memories.

Avalon Pier

8:00 pm – 9:30 pm

2111 N Virginia Dare Trail

Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948

firework KDH


Join us at the heart of Nags Head for the Town of Nags Head Fireworks Spectacular, a breathtaking display over the majestic Atlantic Ocean. Prepare to be mesmerized as the fireworks light up the night sky, leaving beach-goers in awe. The show will take place on the evening of July 4th, launching from the ocean pier at milepost 11.5 on S. Virginia Dare Trail. From the local town beaches, you’ll have a prime view of the stunning display above the crashing waves. Parking will be organized by the Nags Head police department, so follow their guidance to find a convenient spot. For those driving, it’s recommended to park west of the Beach Bypass to avoid crossing the busy highway. Grab your chairs, beach towels, and other essentials, and find a cozy spot along the shoreline to enjoy the show. Remember to respect the dunes and private property of neighboring rental homes and gazebos. The spectacular display begins at 9:25 p.m., promising to captivate visitors of all ages. Don’t miss this magical experience in the heart of Nags Head!

Nags Head Fishing Pier

Fireworks begin at 9:25 pm

3335 S Virginia Dare Trail

Nags Head, NC 27959


Experience the vibrant Outer Banks Independence Day celebrations in Manteo’s downtown. The festivities include singing the National Anthem in front of the Dare Arts building, kids’ games, a decorated bike contest, and an apple pie competition. Indulge in watermelon eating contests and savor delicious summer treats while enjoying time with loved ones. At Roanoke Island Festival Park, a free Independence Day concert awaits, featuring Appalachian Road Show and Whiskey Rebellion, culminating in a spectacular fireworks display. Join us for the Town of Manteo’s Fourth of July Celebration and create cherished memories with family and friends.

Dining and Beachside Barbecues

As the July 4th festivities light up the scenic shores of Outer Banks, NC, locals and visitors are invited to indulge in a wide array of culinary experiences. The area blossoms into a food paradise, with top-rated restaurants unveiling special menus designed to enhance the Independence Day celebrations. Whether you’re in the mood for the refined tastes of fresh seafood, the comforting appeal of traditional American BBQ, or the intriguing tastes of international flavors, the dining landscape of the Outer Banks offers something enticing for every palate, complemented by breathtaking views of the ocean.

For those eager to savor a classic American meal, keep an eye out for eateries presenting special July 4th menus. These often include staples like juicy grilled burgers, succulent ribs covered in rich barbecue sauce, and a variety of sides from creamy coleslaw to hearty baked beans, highlighting America’s diverse culinary heritage. Seafood enthusiasts will rejoice over the spectrum of choices available, from laid-back beachside spots dishing out fried shrimp and fish baskets to more refined settings where chefs transform the day’s catch into sophisticated culinary masterpieces that reflect the treasures of the sea.

Adventure-seekers can look forward to menus that incorporate global inspirations, offering dishes from Italian pastas to Asian fusion delicacies, catering to those keen on exploring varied tastes and cultures on this festive day.

For a more tailored and intimate celebration, consider arranging your own beachside barbecue in your rental home’s designated grilling area. This option lets you put together a personal menu and celebrate at your leisure, surrounded by the natural splendor of the beach—a perfect setting for making lasting memories, whether you’re toasting marshmallows with the kids or enjoying a glass of wine with friends as the sun dips below the horizon.

No matter how you choose to celebrate, dining in the Outer Banks this July 4th is set to be a sensational experience. With a mixture of unique restaurant offerings and the opportunity for a personalized beach barbecue, the culinary scene is poised to make your Independence Day both delicious and memorable.

Book Your Independence Day Getaway

Don’t miss out on the excitement, fun, and patriotic spirit. Plan your unforgettable vacation today and immerse yourself in a sea of fireworks, parades, live music, delicious food, and beachside bliss. Start packing your bags and create lasting memories with family and friends. Book your Outer Banks adventure now!