How to have the Perfect Memorial Day on the Outer Banks

Memorial Day is the traditional start of summer. Of course, there is so much more to Memorial Day. North Carolina is home to thousands of active duty service members, retirees, veterans, and loved ones of those serving. The Outer Banks of North Carolina is a popular place for service members from all over the nation to vacation. Here at Elan Vacations, we're proud to be the vacation rental choice of many of these visitors. On behalf of all of us to those who have made and will make the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom... Thank you!

The cost of freedom is always high, but Americans have always paid it. And one path we shall never choose, and that is the path of surrender, or submission.

John F. Kennedy

Remember The Fallen

At the end of the day, Memorial Day is about remembering those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. Take some time on this day to discuss the meaning of the holiday with your children. Did you have a service member in the family? Discuss their role in history. Looking for a conversation starter? Check out these 10 Things To Remember About Memorial Day. It is sure to get the kids interested in this very special day. 

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Military Discounts 

North Carolina, like many states, is the proud home of thousands of soldiers, sailors, and airmen who have dedicated their lives to serving our country. On this special weekend where we celebrate the sacrifices of those brave service men and women of the past, we carry on that tradition with dozens of properties that feature military discounts. Want to explore all the properties that offer a military discount? Click here.

Visit A National Park

Why not spend the day checking out one of several National Park Service sites on the Outer Banks. From Nags Head to Hatteras there are several things to do and see that are family-friendly and perfect for the history buffs in your group. Here are three great ideas for events being held on Memorial Day on the OBX. 

The Wright Brothers National Memorial 

Come discover what inspired the Wright brothers to take on  a seemingly impossible challenge with this half hour guided tour. The tour is free and takes place every half hour. Meet at the big white tent!

Fort Raleigh National Historic Site

Ever wonder where the first English settlers arrived? Well, in fact,it is right here in current day Manteo! Now you can learn all about their adventure and the mystery of the Lost Colony with a free guided half hour tour. 

Cape Hatteras National Seashore

Ever wonder what the view looks like from the top of one of the OBX's iconic lighthouses. This Memorial Day you can do just that by climbing the Bodie Island Lighthouse. Tickets are $10.00 for adults and $5.00 for seniors/children. *Some restrictions apply. 

Fire Up The Grill

Memorial Day with out grilling is like Thanksgiving without turkey. Sure you can do it, but why would you. This Memorial Day gather the family at your favorite Outer Banks vacation rental and light up the grill. Of course, since you're here on the OBX, this is the perfect time to take advantage of grilling some beautiful local seafood. Don't worry if you've never grilled seafood before. We have everything you need in our previous post: How To Grill Perfect Seafood Every Time!.

Dance The Day Away 

Memorial Day Beach Blast 2018

Gather up the family and join us for a free, fun-filled day of great beach music! Opening performances by the new OBX band, Jeremy & the Generations and is made up of some favorite local Outer Banks artists. Then, get ready for the funky headliner… The Blackwater Rhythm & Blues Band from Clarkton, NC.  Beach music, funk & blues.   This mega group plays some of the best high energy beach music you’ll hear this summer. Get ready to dance!  Event is FREE 12 p.m.-5 p.m. Food and beer vendors will be on site.  Bring your beach chairs, relax, dance and enjoy!  Beer, food, and drinks may be purchased on-site.  No outside alcohol may be brought into the park.  NO COOLERS ALLOWED.

Burn Some Calories

The 7th Annual Shore Break 5K & Tide Pool Fun Run is the perfect way to burn off those extra Memorial Day calories. Run through Kinnakeet Shores on gorgeous Cape Hatteras on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. The race terrain will keep you entertained the entire 3.1 miles along paved roads winding through beautiful Kinnakeet Shores, wooden bridges, boardwalks, beach walkways, and a quick dash over the dunes to the finish.

The race culminates with an unbelievable view of the Atlantic Ocean and a post-race party with a pancake breakfast and Carolina Brewery beers for runners over 21 years of age.

Run, jog or walk, all are welcome! Come celebrate Cape Hatteras and give back to a great community! All proceeds from this event will go toward the Hatteras Island Youth Education Fund.

The 7th annual Shore Break 5K will be held at 8am and the Tide Pool Fun Run on the beach will immediately follow the 5K at 9 a.m.

Still haven't booked your Memorial Day OBX beach vacation? There is still plenty of time, and our friendly staff is here to help you find the perfect vacation home. Give us a call at (866) 760-3526 (ELAN) or click the button below to search all of our properties and book online! 

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