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Celebrate Independence: OBX July 4th Events You Can't Miss

Looking to make this July 4th unforgettable? The Outer Banks have an array of exciting events lined up across islands! Whether you're into parades, fireworks, fun runs, or historical tours, there's something for everyone to enjoy. Dive into our guide to discover the best events happening this July 4th and plan your perfect day of celebration!

Southern Shores, Duck, and Corolla

Town of Corolla Independence Day CelebrationThursday, July 4
5pm to 9pm

In the Historic Corolla Park, the town of Corolla will be hosting a night of fun! With watermelon eating contests and fireworks, it’s an evening you won’t want to miss. Food and non-alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase by local vendors, including:

  • Fork’et Me Not
  • Spare Parts BBQ
  • On the Spot Fry Wagon
  • On the Spot Creamery
  • BJ’s Carolina Café

Free onsite parking for this event will begin at 3pm and will be available on a first come, first served basis. This event is always popular, so make sure to get there earlier if you want to park at the event itself!

Town of Duck 4th of July Parade
Thursday, July 4
Starting at 9am

Starting in the morning, the town of Duck’s 4th of July parade is a one-mile route starting on Scarborough Lane, travels east towards the ocean, turns left onto Ocean Way, and then continues onto Christopher Drive to end at Pamela Court.

Afterwards, the party continues in the Duck Town Park with music, drink, and watermelons provided by Green Acres Farm Market! The parade awards ceremony will also be held at the park – something you don’t want to miss!

Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills, Nags Head, and Manteo

The Independence 1 Mile Beer Run
Sunday, June 30
Starting at 11am

The Outer Banks Brewing Station invites you to take part in the 1 Mile Beer Run to celebrate Independence Day! For only $40, you can join in for a race – backyard party, t-shirt, and chip timing included! The bar is even opening an hour early (10am) if you’re wanting to get a little pre-gaming in. Prizes will be given to the fastest male and female runners, so bring your finest American regalia and get ready for a quick and easy race with a fantastic party afterwards!

Town of Kill Devil Hills Independence Day Fireworks Show
Thursday, July 4
Starting at 9:15pm

Come down to Avalon Pier for the Kill Devil Hills fireworks show! Make sure that you bring your own beach chairs and please make sure you’re using one of the public access points. The show will also be livestreamed if you can’t make it in person!

Killer Dunes
Thursday, July 4
Starting at 8am

Start off Independence Day right with a short 2 mile run over the dunes at Jockey's Ridge State Park! But just because it’s short, doesn’t mean it’s easy. In fact, if you want to participate but don’t think you can run the entire way, no problem! Everyone is welcome to walk or hike the trail if they don’t want to run the route! All proceeds from the race go to help preserve Jockey’s Ridge (tickets start at $50 for adults).

Town of Nags Head Fireworks Spectacular
Thursday, July 4
Starting at 9:25pm

Make your way down to the Nags Head Pier for a fireworks spectacular for July 4th! The town of Nags Head is proud to present this professionally curated display to celebrate Independence Day. If there’s rain, no need to fret – a rain date of Friday, July 5 has been set.

While the police will be helping to direct traffic, it’s recommended that you park on the east side of the highway (the same side as the pier), and please use public beach accesses – please don’t cross over the dunes or private property to reach the beach. If you’re parking on the west side of the highway, please use EXTREME caution crossing the highway! Always make sure you’re using designated crosswalks!

In addition, please remember that no vehicles are authorized on the beach except for official town or emergency vehicles, and that blocking driveways or otherwise causing a traffic hazard will cause the vehicle to be towed.

The town of Nags Head recommends the following beach accesses:

South of Nags Head Fishing Pier
  • Curlew Street
  • Hollowell Street
  • Conch Street
North of Nags Head Fishing Pier
  • Bladen Street
  • Blackman Street
  • Bonnett Street
  • Bittern Street

Take a step back into the 1800s and celebrate the 4th of July with a visit to the Island Farm! Ever wondered what it was like for the first residents of the Outer Banks? Take this tour through the preserved homestead with costumed performers, live animals, and period-accurate artifacts to learn how Independence Day was celebrated over 150 years ago!

Thursday, July 4
Starting at 3pm

Kicking off with the singing of the national anthem, the town of Manteo offers a more lowkey Fourth of July celebration that makes it well worth the drive: a bike decorating contest (though you can also bring your tricycles, scooters and wagons to participate), kids games and activities, and a concert at the Roanoke Island Festival Park with the United States Army Training and Doctrine Command Band (though Riggsbee Road, Brickhouse Band, and DJ Mixin’ Mike will also be providing the soundtrack to your daytime activities!).

Want to show off your baking skills? This year there’s an apple pie contest with cash prizes for both kids (18 and under) and adult categories!

Finally, of course, there will be a fireworks show at dusk! The event will be taking place at George Washington Creef Park. Free parking shuttles will be available throughout the day into the evening. Shuttles will run from the College of the Albemarle, Manteo Middle School and Manteo High School.

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