Everything You Need to Have an Amazing 4th of July on the OBX


It is that time of year! Time to break out the bunting and the red, white, and blue. So unfurl the flag and let's light the fuse on our nation's 242nd birthday. This week we take your Outer Banks 4th of July planning to the next level. 


The beach is a perfect place to gather with your friends and family. Whether you want to watch fireworks, take part in a parade, and/or just celebrate our freedom! Start making your plans today to be on the Outer Banks for the 4th of July!! We have plenty of amazing family-friendly vacation homes for you to choose from, plus we have the latest 4th of July happenings and activities!

Elan Vacations

Pick the Perfect Vacation Home

It is hard to have the ultimate OBX 4th of July celebration without the perfect beach vacation home. Luckily for  you, we have the best selection of homes to choose from on the OBX. The Baltbrush Bungalow is a perfect example of our quality homes. Like all of our homes, it is loaded with amenities and in the perfect location and backed by the "Elan Difference."

Hottest Events of the 4th of of July

Looking for all the best summer events on the OBX? We have the full 4th of July fireworks schedule on the Outer Banks right here. Don't forget fireworks are not allowed on the Outer Banks. Please take care to have a safe holiday. 

Rules and Regulations

North Carolina prohibits 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 only with adult supervision, and when exercising extreme caution and fire prevention. Fireworks are illegal in Dare County, including all towns and villages.


Fire Up The Grill

We're not sure, but we almost positive the founding fathers fired up the grill after signing the Declaration of Independence. Now 242 years later it is still a staple of any good 4th of July celebration. Of course, here on the OBX, grilling means seafood. Looking for all the best ways to grill and thrill your family and friends? Check out our previous post: How To Grill Perfect Seafood Every Time. Looking for fresh seafood? Don't forget to stop by any of the many local seafood shops!

Day on The Beach 

Fireworks and grilling out are just part of a great OBX 4th of July celebration. Let's face it, it is all about the beach and that pristine OBX sand and warm water. Did you know the Outer Banks is a hundred mile long barrier island? Essentially there is a hundred miles of beach to enjoy. From surfing to just kicking back with a drink while listening to the waves roll in. Any 4th of July has to include a day at the beach. 

Everyone Loves A Parade

The 14th Annual Town of Duck 4th of July Parade is scheduled for Wednesday, July 4th at 9:00 a.m., immediately followed by the Community Celebration. Join in on the fun at the Duck Town Park, 1200 Duck Road. There will be live music, cold drinks, and loads of fun. The parade route has remained the same annually. The route begins at the crest of the hill on Scarborough Lane and continues towards the ocean. Then it turns left onto Ocean Way and heads down Christopher Drive ending at Duck Road (NC 12).  For more information click here or call (252) 255-1286 for more information.

Tips For A Great 4th of July

Bring Chairs

Few events provide seating. Many are in open spaces, and it is best to be prepared by bringing your own beach chairs or blankets. 

Be Safe

The 4th can be hot! Make sure to stay safe by drinking lots of water, wearing sunscreen, and avoiding drinking too much alcohol. 

Walk or Ride

Like any big holiday event parking can be an issue. If possible, walk, bike or carpool to events. If you want a vacation home near a special event? Give us a call. We can help you plan. 

Jockey's Ridge: The Best Seats In The House

Jockey's Ridge State Park in Nags Head features the largest sand dunes on the east coast. Offering a panoramic view of the area, it is the perfect place to watch the fireworks on the Outer Banks. Of course, nature provides the seating so make sure to bring a blanket or a chair. Get there early for the best seats. The kids will love being able to play in the sand while the fireworks go off in the night sky. 


Now all you need to do is book your Outer Banks beach vacation home, and you're all set to have the ultimate OBX 4th of July vacation. Give one of our friendly reservationists a call today at (866) 760-3526 or click the button below to explore all of our vacation homes. 



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