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Where to Watch the Fireworks on the Outer Banks in 2018

Where to Watch the Fireworks on the Outer Banks in 2018

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Whether you’re vacationing on the Outer Banks for the Fourth of July this year or you’re a local who lives here year-round, watching the various fireworks displays that take place from Corolla to Kill Devil Hills to Roanoke Island is an excellent way to officially kick off your summer at the beach. If you’re searching for the best places to see the fireworks on the Outer Banks in 2018, we’ve got everything you need to know:

NAGS HEAD

One of the best Outer Banks fireworks displays you’ll find this summer is the Nags Head “Fireworks Spectacular,” which will be held at 9:25 p.m. on Wednesday, July 4, 2018, at the Nags Head Fishing Pier. Presented by the Town of Nags Head, the Nags Head Fishing Pier and the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau, this popular annual event features a one-of-a-kind display of fireworks over the Atlantic Ocean that will last for approximately 25 minutes.

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The Nags Head Fishing Pier is located at milepost 11.5 on the beach road, but you don’t have to park at the pier itself to see the show. For an equally amazing view of the fireworks in Nags Head, head to the public beach accesses at Curlew Street, Hollowell Street and Conch Street (all south of the Nags Head Fishing Pier) or to the beach accesses at Bladen Street, Bittern Street, Bonnett Street, Barnes Street and Blackman Street (all north of the Nags Head Fishing Pier) to watch the fireworks show that takes place along the shoreline. If you’re feeling more adventurous, climb to the top of Jockey’s Ridge to experience the Nags Head fireworks from a truly unique location that offers stunning 360-degree views of the barrier island, including the Atlantic Ocean, Roanoke Sound and the Town of Nags Head below.

KILL DEVIL HILLS

PHoto: Ramada Plaza of Nags Head

Not to be outdone by the fireworks display in Nags Head this summer, the Town of Kill Devil Hills will also host its annual Fourth of July fireworks event over the Atlantic Ocean on Wednesday. For its 2018 festivities, the Kill Devil Hills fireworks will be presented by an award-winning fireworks company out of New Castle, Pennsylvania, called Pyrotechnico.

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The Kill Devil Hills fireworks will begin at dusk (approximately 8 p.m.) at the Avalon Fishing Pier, which is situated at milepost 6 on the beach road. Spectators are invited to grab their beach chairs or blankets and set up shop on the beach to watch an evening of unforgettable fireworks along the edge of the ocean. Parking at the Avalon Fishing Pier is limited, but several nearby public beach accesses with plenty of parking—including the Fifth Street beach access a half-mile to the south and the Hayman Boulevard beach access just a half-mile to the north—are also excellent spots for viewing the Kill Devil Hills fireworks display this season.

DUCK

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Few locations on the Outer Banks offer a more spectacular day of celebrations for the Fourth of July than the Town of Duck. The festivities will kick off at 9 a.m. with the 14th Annual Fourth of July Parade, which begins on Scarborough Lane and follows a one-mile route that winds toward the Atlantic Ocean along Ocean Way and Christopher Drive before ending up at Pamela Court. Following the popular Fourth of July Parade in Duck, visitors are invited to gather at Duck Town Park for a performance by a live Dixieland Band, free watermelon from Green Acres Farm Market, refreshments and an award ceremony honoring the 2018 parade float winners.   

COROLLA

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If you want to celebrate the Fourth of July in Corolla, head to Historic Corolla Park for a variety of family-friendly festivities that begin at 3 p.m. The 26th Annual Independence Day Celebration at Historic Corolla Park will feature live music, food vendors, a cornhole tournament, a watermelon-eating contest and several children’s games. The festivities will be capped off with the Corolla fireworks display at dusk.

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Admission and parking for the 26th Annual Independence Day Celebration at Historic Corolla Park are free. Keep in mind that no alcohol, coolers or on-street parking is permitted during the event. The boat ramp at Historic Corolla Park will also be closed, and therefore no docking at this location will be allowed. For more information about the Fourth of July activities in Corolla, go to www.VisitCurrituck.com/Events or call 252-435-2947.

MANTEO/ROANOKE ISLAND

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If you’re looking for a little Fourth of July adventure on Roanoke Island, head to downtown Manteo for a fun-filled day of festivities. The celebration begins at 10:30 a.m. at Roanoke Island Festival Theater with a free children’s concert presented by the 208th Army Band.

Photo: Town of Manteo
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Manteo’s 2018 event also includes the Independence Day Parade, which will start lining up at 2:45 p.m. at the Magnolia Market before making its way down Queen Elizabeth Street. Attendees are invited to participate in the parade by donning a wacky hat or riding a decorated bike or golf court—all of which will be judged to see which participant has the best patriotic-themed entry. The paradise itself will begin at 3:15 p.m. at the intersection of Queen Elizabeth Street and Ananias Dare Street, winding its way through town and eventually ending at George Washington Creef Park at the Roanoke Island Maritime Museum. Judging of the patriotic entries will take place at the park at the conclusion of the parade, and winners will then be announced.

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A wide array of additional activities will take place throughout Manteo’s Fourth of July celebration, including a 3:30 p.m. performance by The Lost Colony Choir at the Boathouse Stage within the outdoor pavilion at Roanoke Island Festival Park. The Firecracker Cornhole Tournament will take place in the park beginning at 4 p.m. Registration for the cornhole tournament opens at 3:30 p.m., and teams of two in age groups of 10-15 and 16 and up are invited to compete for the grand prize, which will be presented at the conclusion of the tournament.

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Challenge your friends and family to a little friendly competition with the town’s Sparkler Watermelon Eating Contest, which will begin at 5 p.m. and is open to two separate age groups: ages 10-15 and ages 16 and up. The participant who consumes all of the required amount of watermelon in the shortest amount of time—without using their hands—will win the grand prize, which will be announced and presented to the winner at 5:30 p.m.

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Enjoy a live performance by the Echoes of Heritage on the Boathouse Stage at 4:30 p.m., followed by a 5:30 p.m. by The Crowd, which will take place on the same stage until 7:30 p.m. Challenge the best baker in your family to whip up their best homemade apple pie and enter the town’s annual American Apple Pie Contest. Entries must be submitted at the park tent by 4 p.m. on July 4. After the apple pie judging session, contest winners will be announced at 5:30 p.m.

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As the afternoon’s activities wind down, the 208th Army Band will once again return to the stage at 8 p.m. to play a series of patriotic songs at Roanoke Island Festival Park’s outdoor pavilion. A variety of food vendors will also be situated on-site, selling delicious items ranging from funnel cakes, barbecue and sausages to lemonade, fries and slushies. Following the musical celebration, the Fourth of July event will culminate with a stunning fireworks display presented by the Town of Manteo and the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau. The fireworks show along the Manteo waterfront begins at dark, and visitors can watch an array of spectacular colors shooting into the sky from a barge that will be docked in the nearby Shallowbag Bay. Gather the family, pack up your beach chairs and blankets, and head to the historic town of Manteo on Wednesday afternoon to enjoy some of the most exciting activities and the best fireworks on the Outer Banks this season!

 

Holiday Happenings on the Outer Banks

The holiday season is officially upon us, and when it comes to feeling festive, there’s no better place to find a variety of events than the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Regardless of whether you’re a native of the region or a vacationer in search of some holiday spirit, the following activities and attractions should not be missed if you’re planning to spend some time on the Outer Banks this December.

  • Colington Harbour Boat Parade

Nothing says “Christmas on the coast” like sailboats decked out in strands of bright-colored lights and holiday décor as they weave through the waterways on the west side of Kill Devil Hills. Colington Harbour—a scenic waterfront community situated along the edge of the Roanoke Sound on Colington Island—will hold its annual Christmas boat parade this Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017, at 5 p.m.

During the Colington Harbour Yacht Club’s Christmas Boat Parade, visitors and residents of this community—which comprises a series of meandering canals—will gather at the Colington Harbour marina parking lot (1000 Colington Drive in Kill Devil Hills) for front-row seats to watch the brightly lit boats make their way out of the nearby canals and then circle around the harbor playing Christmas music and waving at the crowd.

Keep an eye out for Santa Claus, who is frequently spotted on one of the boats, and be sure to grab a complimentary cup of hot cocoa to keep warm while you listen to popular Christmas tunes and watch the beautifully decorated boats go by.

  • The Outer Banks Christmas House

The holiday season is not complete with a tour of some of the town’s best Christmas light displays. Because the barrier islands are primarily a vacation destination and the vast majority of homes here are weekly rentals rather than permanent residences, you probably won’t find as many neighborhood light displays when you’re visiting the Outer Banks as you would in your own year-round community. There are, however, several places that put on quite a show each season—and one in particular has truly earned its spot at the top of the “must-see” Outer Banks Christmas lights list.

Featured in years past on both HGTV and NBC’s “Today” show, the Outer Banks Christmas House has become an Outer Banks tradition that locals and visitors alike look forward to all year long. The Poulos family begins setting up their epic holiday attraction a whopping 12 weeks before the first day the array of lights are plugged in for the season and light up their residence on West Ocean Acres Drive in Kill Devil Hills. In addition to taking three months to assemble, the display costs the Poulos family as much as $3,500 in energy bills each month just to transform their property into a winter wonderland. The incredible lights display at the Outer Banks Christmas House can be viewed nightly from Nov. 24, 2017, through Dec. 31, 2017.

  • New Year in the New World

Photo: Matt Lusk Photography

The shifting sandbars of the Outer Banks are as famous for their rich history as they are for the sun, surf and sand that have made them into an incredibly popular vacation destination over the past half century—and few parts of the barrier islands have such as storied past as the town of Manteo on Roanoke Island. Birthplace of Virginia Dare, the first English child, and the site of the infamous Lost Colony that vanished from the island without a trace in the 16th century, Roanoke Island attracts thousands of history buffs to its soundside shorelines and charming downtown area every season.

In honor of the island’s prominent place in history, a brand-new holiday event—“New Year in the New World”—will be held in Manteo this year. Scheduled for 3 p.m. until midnight on Dec. 31, 2017, this inaugural event is designed to be a festive family-friendly New Year’s Eve celebration. The roadways throughout downtown Manteo will be closed, and Outer Banks residents and visitors are invited to a street fair featuring live music, shopping, an early ball drop at 8:30 p.m. and events for the kids, and local vendors selling food and drinks—as well as the largest fireworks display in the state of North Carolina, which will also be choregraphed to music. If you’re visiting the Outer Banks for the holidays, you won’t find a better place on the beach to ring in 2018 than New Year in the New World!

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