The Best 4th of July Fireworks on the Outer Banks

The Best 4th of July Fireworks on the Outer Banks 

Come celebrate Independence Day with us on North Carolina's Outer Banks beaches this year. The days are filled with sun, sand, salt and surf. The coastal nights explode with holiday fun and family-friendly things to do. Whatever your beach pleasure, we have it here for you. Explore our coastal towns, try a new water adventure, see the sights and visit the OBX attractions, or do a little bit of all of it. And of course leave plenty of time for the beautiful beaches. 


The highlight of any Independence Day celebration is a fantastic fireworks display. We have plenty of those for you—four to be exact. We've also included a few more ways to celebrate July 4th in true Outer Banks style and what you need to know to plan for next year. 


So what's on the 2017 Fourth of July event lineup? Here's how to celebrate with a bang.




2017 July 4th Fireworks on the Outer Banks

Downtown Manteo 4th of July Celebration

Festivities begin at 3p.m., Fireworks at dark
Enjoy old-fashioned festival fun with apple pie contests, decorated bike contests, whacky hat contests, live music and more family fun for everyone. Festivities end with a fabulous fireworks display over the sound. 

Festival of Fireworks at Historic Corolla Park

July 4, 2017 from noon to 9p.m.
What better way to celebrate America’s independence than with free live music by the Tidewater Drive Band and a spectacular fireworks show on the northern Outer Banks. The 25th Annual Independence Day Celebration in Corolla offers an afternoon of fun family activities. The event features food vendors, a cornhole tournament, watermelon eating contest, and children’s games. Admission and parking are free; event starts at 12 noon with children’s games, activities, and food vendors, then the music starts at 5p.m. with a fireworks display at dusk.

Fireworks Spectacular at Nags Head Fishing Pier

July 4, 2017 at 9:25p.m.
The Town of Nags Head, in conjunction with the Nags Head Fishing Pier and the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau, hosts the annual Independence Day Fireworks Spectacular on Tuesday, July 4, 2017 at 9:25p.m. on the ocean pier located at Mile Post 11.5 on NC Route 12, S. Virginia Dare Trail in Nags Head. A rain date has been set for Wednesday, July 5. The fireworks display lasts approximately 20 minutes, so find your spot and enjoy the show.

Parking at and near the fireworks display site will be directed by the Nags Head Police Department. Those attending the show are encouraged to park east of U.S. Highway 158/S. Croatan Highway. Those choosing to park west of U.S. Highway 158/S. Croatan Highway should use extreme caution while attempting to cross this heavily traveled roadway.


The following public beach accesses are recommended for access to the beach for fireworks viewing: 

South of Nags Head Fishing Pier: Curlew Street, Hollowell Street, Conch Street

North of Nags Head Fishing Pier: Bladen Street, Bittern Street, Bonnett Street, Barnes Street, Blackman Street  

Fireworks at the Avalon Pier in Kill Devil Hills

July 7, 2017 (Rain Date July 8) after dark
The Town of Kill Devil Hills has a new fireworks contractor! They are welcoming Pyrotechnico, an award-winning fireworks company from New Castle, PA, to Kill Devil Hills.  This year, the fireworks event are not held on July 4th but on July 7th off of Avalon Pier, with a rain date of July 8th. Mark it down on your calendar so you don't forget! The date change gives everyone an opportunity to enjoy fireworks displays at other Dare County locations on the 4th and then come to Kill Devil Hills beaches the evening of July 7th at dark. So pack a snack, bring a chair, unroll a blanket, get some sand between your toes, and have a dazzling good time at the Kill Devil Hills Independence Week fireworks celebration on the beach.


Outer Banks View 

Other Outer Banks Fourth of July Celebrations

Town of Duck 4th of July Parade & Community Celebration

Parade begins at 9a.m. on July 4, 2017
It wouldn't the Fourth of July without the Town of Duck parade and community celebration. It's a local favorite. Start your Independence Day by watching the parade with us. 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). After the parade, walk to the Duck Town Park for a live Dixieland band, enjoy watermelon provided by Green Acres Farm Market, and watch the awarding of parade trophies. It's the perfect way to kick off your Independence Day!


Your Own Private Outer Banks Rental 4th of July Celebration

Spend a cozy night in and cook up your favorite feast. Relax in air-conditioned comfort, spend quality time with those you love the most, and make the evening your own. Step out onto the deck of your rental and see which Outer Banks fireworks display you can catch. No crowds, no fuss.

Plan Now for July 4th 2018 on the Outer Banks

If you can't be here this July 4th, then seize the day and plan to be here next year enjoying and OBX Independence Day with us in 2018. Find the perfect Outer Banks rental for you and then get ready to celebrate the red, white and blue! Let us know how Élan Vacations can help you with your vacation planning.

How are you celebrating Independence Day 2017? May it be the best one yet! 

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