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Celebrate Independence Day on the Outer Banks

The Outer Banks was the site of the English’s 1st attempted colonization in the New World pre-dating Jamestown by 20 years. In a very real sense, this is where America started...America's First Beach!

Quite possibly the biggest beach holiday, the 4th of July is a great time to vacation with family and friends. Temperatures range between 85 and 90 degrees  -- perfect beach weather.  The water temps average 72 degrees in the ocean and warmer in the shallower sounds, great for cooling off, for water sports like stand-up paddleboarding and kayaking, or for just playing in the surf. While the Outer Banks has a wide range of accommodations to choose from, the 4th of July week fills up fast, so book early.

Later in the afternoon, head over to Manteo for their 4th of July celebration.  Participate in an apple pie contest or enter the wacky hat contest. Afterward, head to the waterfront or over to Roanoke Island Festival Park to hear Johnny Waters play and then watch the fireworks. This year, our area will host four fireworks shows at the following locations: Avalon Pier in Kill Devil Hills, Nags Head Fishing Pier in Nags Head, fireworks over the sound in Manteo, and the Avon Fishing Pier in the village of Avon on Hatteras Island. Please read the NPS rules and regulations regarding Avon fireworks and beach fireworks in Dare County. You can catch both Nags Head and Manteo displays atop Jockey’s Ridge. The Outer Banks has plenty for you and the family to enjoy while offering a spectacular natural setting that will make you proud to be an American!