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, 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 paddle boarding and kayaking, or for just playing in the surf. While the Outer Banks has a wide range of accommodations to choose from, 4th of July week fills up fast, so book early.

Start your day with a run.  Run, or walk, across Jockey’s Ridge at the Killer Dunes 2 Miler. If the challenge of climbing up and over the tallest living sand dune on the East Coast isn’t your thing, stick to the pavement with the Freedom 5k in Kill Devil Hills. Afterwards, grab a hearty breakfast at one of our independently owned restaurants. During the day, watch the Town of Duck Parade, a 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. Afterwards, walk over the town park for music and festivities.

Later in the afternoon, head over to Manteo in the afternoon for their 4th of July celebration.  Participate in an apple pie contest or enter the wacky hat contest. Afterwards, head to the waterfront or over to Roanoke Island Festival Park to hear the Army banks 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!