Boom Goes The Banks: Celebrate the 4th from Corolla to Ocracoke

By on June 29, 2018

Fireworks over the Nags Head Fishing Pier. (Town of Nags Head)

With Independence Day falling on a Wednesday this year, nearly all the celebrations in the area will take place the Fourth of July. Ocracoke has planned three days of activities starting July 3.


Festivities downtown start at 3 p.m. and run until dark when the fireworks begin.

The 208th Army Band will be playing at Roanoke Island Festival Park at 8 p.m. Gates will open to the public at 6 p.m. Enjoy live music and stick around for the Town of Manteo fireworks starting at dusk.

Don’t forget to bring your chairs and blankets to sit and enjoy the show. Due to fireworks, do not bring your pets to the concert.


The 14th Annual Fourth of July Parade begins on Wednesday, July 4 at 9 a.m. After the parade, walk to the Duck Town Park for a live Dixieland Band, free watermelon provided by Green Acres Farm Market and the awarding of parade trophies.

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 toward the ocean, turns left onto Ocean Way, then heads down Christopher Drive ending at Pamela Court. No part of the parade takes place on Duck Road/N.C. 12.


Hatteras Island’s annual Independence Day celebration in Avon, “Fireworks at the Beach” on the 4th of July, is sponsored by the Avon Property Owners Association and funded in part by the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau.

The fireworks display, permitted by and in cooperation with the National Park Service, will begin about 9:15 p.m. from a launch site at the end of the Avon Pier.

The show, presented by PYROTECNICO, lasts about 20 minutes. Fireworks are visible all along the Avon beach and parking is limited, so walk, bike or carpool.

This event is also made possible through donations from the Hatteras Island business community and its residents, property owners and guests.

Radio Hatteras will broadcast patriotic “Music for Fireworks” from 9 until 10 p.m. and “Red, White & Blue” music until midnight at 101.5 FM and 99.9 FM.

Tune in at 9 p.m. to hear Bob Barris talk a little about the origin of fireworks and offer a brief history, lesson about the celebration of Independence Day. Then watch the sky light up to a very familiar galactic tune, followed by a selection of patriotic music. To stream Radio Hatteras live on your computer, visit

Rain date for the fireworks will be July 5.


Celebrating its sixth consecutive year in 2018, the annual Golf Cart Parade will be brightening the streets of Hatteras village on July 4 at 5 p.m. The yearly event began in 2013 as a fundraiser for the Hatteras Island Cancer Foundation, and attracted roughly a dozen carts that were decked out in patriotic and appropriately coastal themes. Once it became clear that the parade was something that garnered interest among locals and visitors alike, the parade became an annual celebration, with more and more folks participating with decked-out golf carts of all varieties. As the parade grew over the years, so did the route. This year, the carts will line up at Teach's Lair Marina and will ride all the way through the village, down Eagle Pass Road, and back to Teach's. Anyone stationed along the southern section of N.C. Highway 12 will have a great view of the action, which tends to get more ornate and elaborate with every year. The rules are lax for entering and enjoying the parade, too. Anyone who has a cart and a dose of creativity is welcome to join in the fun, and spectators are encouraged to head to Hatteras village to cheer on their favorites. “The Golf Cart Parade is one of my favorite things to work on, because it's laid back and informal,” said parade organizer Karla Jarvis. “Most folks who participate just show up, and that's okay! Anybody and everybody is invited to participate - residents and visitors. Most people decorate their carts for the 4th, but the ‘minimalist look’ works for us, too!” Plans are already in the works for next year’s parade, and it’s hoped that 2019’s event will be a kick off for some additional evening events for the village’s Independence Day celebration. Meanwhile, for this year, everyone is welcome to head to the heart of the village, (with or without a colorful golf cart on hand), and join in the fun of what is quickly becoming one of Hatteras’ favorite summertime events. Information courtesy The Island Free Press.

Kill Devil Hills

Fireworks will begin at dark on Wednesday, July 4 at Avalon Pier at milepost 6. Rain date is July 5.

This event was made possible with the assistance of grant funding from the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau. Fireworks will be able to be viewed from all areas of the Kill Devils Hills oceanfront.

Nags Head

The town will host, in conjunction with the Nags Head Fishing Pier and the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau, the annual Independence Day Fireworks Spectacular on Wednesday, July 4 at 9:25 p.m. on the ocean pier at Mile Post 11.5.

A rain date is Thursday, July 5. The fireworks display will last abou 20 minutes.

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. 158/S. Croatan Highway. Those choosing to park west of U.S. 158/S. Croatan Highway should use extreme caution while crossing.

Please not to use or block private driveways or risk being towed and use the public beach accesses to reach the oceanfront. Please stay off the environmentally sensitive dune and do not use the private property of others, such as private gazebos or decks, to view the fireworks without the property owner’s permission.

Here are the best accesses to see the fireworks: Curlew Street, Hollowell Street, Conch Street, Bladen Street, Bittern Street, Bonnett Street, Barnes Street, Blackman Street.

Personal use of fireworks and sky lanterns in Nags Head is illegal.


The 26th Annual Independence Day Celebration at Historic Corolla Park, sponsored by Currituck Travel and Tourism, begins at 3 p.m., featuring live music, food vendors, a cornhole tournament, watermelon eating contest and children’s games. Fireworks are at dusk.

No coolers, alcohol or on-street parking are permitted. The Historic Corolla Park boat ramp will be closed, and no docking will be allowed.

Call 252-435-2947 or visit for details.


Tuesday, July 3
Traditional Island Square Dance, 6 to 8 p.m.
Berkley Manor Barn, music by Molasses Creek; Philip Howard, square dance caller.

Gathering at the NPS Docks, 8 to 9:15 p.m.
Dance tunes with deejay Emerald Owl Productions.

Fireworks, 9:15 p.m.
Launched from the NPS parking lot. Gather at the NPS docks and around Silver Lake Harbor.

Wednesday, July 4
Meet new pony, Winnie, at the NPS Pony Pends, 8 to 10 a.m.

Flag raising ceremony and National Anthem, 9 a.m.
Ocracoke School flag circle on School Road

Annual sand sculputre contest, 9:30 a.m. to noon
NPS Day Use Area/Lifeguard Beach. Judged and peoples’ choice awards.
Register online at:

Classic Car Show, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Pony Island Motel lawn. Sponsored by Jimmy’s Garage.

Ocracoke Lighthouse interior open, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The lighthouse will be open for viewing. All are welcome to see inside but no climbing.

Old Time Ocracoke Parade, 4 p.m.
All are welcome to enter. Cash prizes. Theme: 300th Anniversary of Blackbeard’s demise. Entrants may register online by July 2 by emailing a photo of the entry form to, or Entry forms also available at the Post Office.

Parade starts at Ocracoke Oyster Company and ends at NPS Parking Lot.

Storytelling with Donald Davis, 5:30 p.m.
On the lawn at Books to Be Red, bring your own chair or blanket

Awards Presentation, 6:45 p.m.
Books to Be Red lawn
Winners announced for Parade and Sand Sculpture Contest.

Glow Party with Emerald Owl Productions, 7:30 to 11 p.m.
Ocracoke Community Ballfield, end of Maurice Ballance Road (off Middle Road).

All ages welcome. $5 admission. Additional glow-in-the-dark items and refreshments available for purchase. All proceeds benefit the Ocracoke Youth Center.

Thursday, July 5:
Community Beach Fire, 7 to 10 p.m.
Ocracoke Day Use Area/Lifeguard Beach
Bring your beach blankets, chairs, marshmallows, roasting sticks. S’mores provided for first 150.

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