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4th of July on the Outer Banks | Outer Banks, NC | Coastal NC Realty

While America's official birthday might be July 4, 1776, we like to think that the Outer Banks had a pretty big role in helping form our great country—as it was the site of the first attempted colonization in the New World!

And, if Memorial Day is the unofficial kickoff to summer, then the 4th of July might possibly be the biggest beach holiday. A great time to visit the Outer Banks with family and friends, temperatures range between 85 and 90 degrees (perfect beach weather!) and the water temperatures average around 72 degrees in the ocean and warmer in the sounds.

Celebrate the summer's biggest holiday this year on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Aside from our beautiful beaches and gorgeous weather, an Outer Banks Fourth of July getaway has plenty of spectacular activities that the entire family will enjoy.

From community races to family-friendly parades to dazzling fireworks, check out our list below of where you can find us on the OBX this 4th of July!


Independence Beer Mile
600 S. Croatan Hwy., Kill Devil Hills
July 3, 2022 | 10:00 AM

Wear your finest freedom wear and join the Outer Banks Brewing Station for an all American run during the Independence 1-Mile Beer Run on Sunday, July  3, 2022. A backyard party, costume contest, chip timing, and t-shirt are included with prizes awarded to the fastest male and female overall. This is an adults only (21+) social run.

Outer Banks Freedom 5K
102 Town Hall Dr, Kill Devil Hills, NC
July 4, 2022 | 10:00 AM

The 8th annual Outer Banks Freedom 5k in Kill Devil Hills consists of a 5K, 1-Mile,  and Little Sparkler 1/4-Mile Fun Run. An all-American family and community event, custom designed trophies are awarded to the top male and female winners (1st - 3rd place) and event t-shirt and unique finisher medals are awarded to all participants. Race start and finish at the Kill Devil Hills Town Hall. After the race, enjoy light refreshments during a post-race celebration.

This year, the Outer Banks will host four separate fireworks displays: Avalon Pier in Kill Devil Hills, Nags Head Fishing Pier in Nags Head, Manteo (over the sound), Avon Fishing Pier in the village of Avon on Hatteras Island, and in Corolla at Historic Corolla Park. You can catch both the Nags Head and Manteo firework displays from atop Jockey's Ridge. 

Note: please read the NPS rules and regulations regarding beach fireworks in Dare County.

The Town of Kill Devil Hills Fireworks Show
2111 N. Virginia Dare Trail, Kill Devil Hills
July 4, 2022 | 8:00 PM

Celebrate Independence Day celebration with this fireworks display held at the Avalon Pier. Located at milepost 7, the surrounding beaches are the ideal spot for pulling up a chair, blanket, or beach towel and enjoying the show.

Town parking is free to the public, with multiple beach access points throughout the town. However, you should note that parking may be limited, so an early arrival may be key.

Town of Nags Head Fireworks Spectacular
3335 S. Virginia Dare Trail, Nags Head
July 4, 2022 | 9:25 PM

Located in the heart of Nags Head, this spectacular 4th of July fireworks display over the Atlantic will leave beach-goers breathless. The fireworks will be launched off of the pier at milepost 11.5 on S. Virginia Dare Trail, and visitors all along the beach will have views of the stunning display over the ocean. Parking at or near the fireworks display site will be directed by the local Nags Head Police Department. (Those that want to drive are encouraged to park west of US158 in order to avoid crossing the major highway.)

Visitors are encouraged to bring chairs and towels but are advised to stay off the dunes and to respect private property (like rental homes and privately owned gazebos) that may be adjacent to the beach.

The Town of Manteo Fireworks Show
2111 N. Virginia Dare Trail, Kill Devil Hills
July 4, 2022 | 8:00 PM

The Town of Manteo's Fourth of July celebration is filled with dazzling excitement each and every year! The streets are full of children and their families while neighbors and visitors alike join in the festivities including kids' games, decorated bikes, music, contests, and summer treats like apple pies. Afterward, head to the waterfront or over to Roanoke Island Festival Park to watch the fireworks.

Avon Fishing Pier 4th of July Fireworks Show
41001 Hwy. 12, Avon
July 4, 2022 | 9:00 PM

Celebrate your Independence Day with a bang at the Avon Pier and Avon Beach Klub on Hatteras Island. The 4th of July celebration will feature a collection of events—including an incredible front row view of the fireworks display from the pristine Cape Hatteras National Seashore beaches.

Historic Corolla Park Independence Day Celebration
1100 Hunt Club Drive, Corolla
July 4th, 2022 | 5-9 PM (or at the conclusion of the fireworks show)

What better way to celebrate America's independence than with live music, fun family activities, and a spectacular firework show on the northern Outer Banks? The Currituck County Department of Travel & Tourism invites you to Historic Corolla Park for their annual Independence Day celebration! Activities begin at 5PM and conclude with one of the largest fireworks show on the Outer Banks at dusk. Food and non-alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase by local vendors including Mr. Joes Fun Food, Fork'et Me Not, On the Spot Creamery, and OBX Popcorn Shoppe.

Please note: no coolers, alcohol or on-street parking are permitted in the park. The Historic Corolla Park boat ramp is closed this day with no docking allowed. Dogs are permitted on leashes.


Town of Duck 4th of July Parade
1100 Hunt Club Drive, Corolla
July 4th, 2022 | 9 AM

The Town of Duck is excited to welcome the return of the annual 4th of July parade and community celebration! This one-mile parade begins at the crest of the hill on Scarborough Lane, travels east towards the ocean, turns left onto Ocean Way, and then continues onto Christopher Drive to end at Pamela Court. A community celebration featuring live music, cold refreshments, and the awarding of the parade trophies will be held immediately following the parade in the Duck Town Park. A family favorite for generations, be sure to bring your lawn chairs and grab a spot along the route of the one-and-only 4th of July parade on the Outer Banks!

Please note: no part of the parade will take place on Duck Road.

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