FREE Fourth of July Fun for the Family on the OBX


FREE Fourth of July Fun for the Family on the OBX

What can be better than family fun in the sun on the Outer Banks of North Carolina this summer? FREE fun, of course! The OBX always has unending family activities, events, local festivals and learning experiences for all ages. The July 4th holiday is no different!

We've rounded up the best FREE family fun you'll want to experience for yourself during your beach vacation on the Outer Banks this Fourth of July—and beyond. Mark your calendars and put these locally loved favorites on your vacation itinerary. You'll still have plenty of beach time, we promise!



Annual Town of Duck Fourth of July Parade

Twelve years and running, the annual Fourth of July Parade in Duck is a family favorite! This community celebration goes beyond just a festive July 4th parade and continues on in Duck Town Park. There's a live Dixie Land band performing, succulent watermelon for you to enjoy, followed by award trophies handed out to the patriotic paraders.

The Duck July 4th Parade begins at 9a.m. on Monday, July 4, 2016. Come dressed in your red, white and blue best and come early for the best viewing spots. 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 Pamela Court. No part of the parade takes place on Duck Road (NC 12). Judging of parade entries takes place at 111 Scarborough Lane in front of Advice 5¢ Bed & Breakfast.

For more information and a parade map, visit the Town of Duck Special Events page and plan to bring your family and friends this Fourth.

July 4th Celebration & Fireworks in Manteo

Roanoke Island Festival Park is the place to be on the evening portion of your OBX Fourth of July celebration. Festivities begin at 8p.m. on Monday evening, July 4, at the outdoor pavilion. Feel your patriotism swell as the 440th Army Band performs for your listening pleasure. Come hungry and get your fill of the food vendors on-site for the Fourth of July celebration. Stay into the evening and view an Outer Banks fireworks spectacular to end your Fourth of July with a bang, courtesy of the Town of Manteo.

Visit the Roanoke Island Calendar of Events page for more details on the FREE family favorite.

Freedom 5K Run in Kill Devil Hills

There's a fee if you plan to enter the Freedom 5K, the Veterans Mile or the Little Ones Fun Run, but it's free if you're just there in support! The Freedom 5K is a healthy way to kick of the July 4th holiday or to encourage and cheer on the patriotic participants. This is an a ll American family and community event that celebrates Independence Day in a special way by giving back to a local charity. This year's run supports the Elizabeth City Heroes Operation (ECHO).

The race starts and finishes at the Kill Devil Hills Town Hall in front of the War Memorial. The 5K and Veterans Drive Mile begin at 7:30a.m. and the Fun Run begins at 8:15a.m.

You can learn more about the Freedom 5K at the OBX Running Company's event page with information on registration, fees, awards, post-race refreshments and more. Come out and show your support or lace up your running shoes and join the race.

Island Art Show in Rodanthe

The Fourth of July fun doesn't have to end when the day does. Keep celebrating and spend a day in Rodanthe on July 5 for the Island Art Show beginning at 10a.m. Held at the Rodanthe-Waves-Salvo Community Center in the northern village of Hatteras Island, the Island Art Show hosts over 20 local Outer Banks artists and their wares. Admission to these shows is FREE, but we ask you to simply support our OBX artisans & crafters.

You'll find everything from fine local art and prints to woodworks, photography, upcycled art, surf art, handmade hula hoops, handmade soaps & body products and more. There is live local music and lunch is being serving up.

You can learn more about the Island Art Show here or find the latest Island Art Show updates on the Spinfinite Designs Facebook page. There are several art shows throughout the year, so stay tuned!

Recurring FREE OBX Summer Events

Can't make it to the Outer Banks for Fourth of July this year? Don't be sad. We'll miss you, but you have plenty of time to plan your OBX beach vacation. Summers on the OBX are filled with fun and festive events for the family—many of which are free of charge.

Here a few of the many FREE family events on the OBX slated for the Summer of 2016:

FREE Movies on the Sound in the Town of Duck

FREE Children's Interactive Theater by the NC Aquarium

FREE Brew & Arts Summer Art Show in Kill Devil Hills

For a full listing of Outer Banks events, visit OuterBanks.Org's Event Page for everything there is to do during your stay on the OBX. Mark your calendars!


What's on your OBX Fourth of July agenda? Any of these free family-friendly events?

FREE Fourth of July Fun for the Family on the OBX