Independence Day festivities abound along the Outer Banks – The Coastland Times

There are a variety of Fourth of July events taking place throughout Currituck, Dare and Hyde counties this weekend to celebrate our nation’s independence. Check out one or more!

Currituck County:

Monday, July 4th: The Korytok District Tourism and Travel Department hosts the annual Independence Day celebration at Korola Historical Park. Parking opens at 3pm and is free, but it is expected to fill up early. Family activities begin at 5 p.m., with live music playing by The Black and Blue Experience, and food from Mr. Joes Fun Food, Fork’et Me Not, On the Spot Creamery, and OBX Popcorn Shoppe. Fireworks will be launched over Currituck Sound and will be visible from boats and several waterfront sites on the mainland side.

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Refrigerators, alcoholic beverages, or street parking are not permitted in the park. This historic Corolla Park boat ramp is closed today with no mooring allowed. Dogs are allowed to use leashes.

On the Currituck mainland, the Currituck Historical Society will sponsor its annual July 4th Children’s Parade at Currituck Courthouse at 10 a.m., and the first 100 children to appear will even receive a new $2 bill from TowneBank. Awards, reading of the Declaration of Independence and refreshments will be part of the celebrations and the audience will be invited.

Dare County:

Residents are happy to see the return of Duck Town on July 4th with a parade and community celebration on Monday, July 4th at 10am. Turn left on Ocean Way and continue on Christopher Drive to end at Pamela Court. No part of the show will take place on Duck Road. Immediately after the show, a community celebration will take place in Duck Town Park featuring live music, refreshments and a prize parade.

The town of Kill Devil Hills presents its annual Avalon Pier fireworks display on Monday, July 4 at Avalon Pier, located at 2111 North Virginia Dare Trail, at 9:15 p.m. The event will be broadcast live on the town’s YouTube and Facebook pages @tanovkade . The rain date will be July 5th.

Down at Millpost 11.5, the town of Nags Head and Nags Head Fishing Pier hosts a spectacular 4th of July fireworks festival at Nags Head Pier, located at 3335 S. Visitors are encouraged to park east of US Highway 158/Southern Croatian Highway. The fireworks can also be viewed from atop Jockey’s Ridge State Park, which will open late to visitors. The town of Nags Head requires those attending the show to use public beach entrances as oceanfront walkways, respect private property, stay away from dunes and not block walkways. Vehicles are not permitted on the beach. Nags Head recommends hitting the next beach south of the pier to watch the fireworks: Curlew Street, Hollowell Street, and Conch Street; And the following outlets are north of the pier: Bladen Street, Peter Street, Bonnet Street and Blackman Street. The rain date will be July 5th.

Celebrations abound in downtown Manteo this year starting at 3pm on July 4. Events kick off at 3 p.m. with an apple pie contest, a decorated kids’ bike, scooter, buggy, triathlon, and fun family games. Apple pies can be brought to the contest tent next to the Dare County Arts Council (Old Courtroom) at 2:30 p.m. on July 4. The Deloreans, 82ndborne Division Band and Chorus will perform at Roanoke Island Festival Park starting at 5:15 p.m. and the evening will conclude with a pop with a fireworks display over Challopage Bay.

On Avon’s Hatteras Island, Independence Day celebrations take place at Avon Pier on Monday, July 4th. Events are presented by Avon Beach Club and Radio Hatteras FM 101.5 and 99.9. A spectacular fireworks display can be seen on the beaches of Cape Hatteras National Coast.

Hyde County:

Ocracoke has a full weekend of events beginning Saturday, July 2 with a pre-fireworks gathering at 6 p.m. with deejay Tommy Hutcherson spinning patriotic tunes at the National Park Service (NPS) docks. The fireworks will begin at 9:15, and will be launched from the NPS parking lot at the southern tip of the island.

Sunday, July 3 will see an island-wide scavenger hunt from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Subscribe to the Spencer Market Terrace. Later that evening from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., join Molasses Creek for an old Ocracoke Square dance at Berkley Barn.

Celebrations continue Monday with NPS talking about local ponies and their heritage at 9:30 a.m. The sand sculpture competition runs from 9:30 until noon, followed by lighthouse viewing (no climbing) from 10:30 am until 12:30 pm. 1:30-4:30 p.m. The Old Time Independence Parade kicks off at 4 p.m. on Wheelie Fun Golf Carts and finishes at the NPS Parking Lot. This year’s theme is ‘Famous Couples’. Cash prizes are available for Walking, Rolling, Wheeling, Floating and Best Attribute. Sign up at 3 p.m. for Wheelie Fun Golf Carts. The evening continues with the singing of the national anthem and award presentation starting at 5:30 p.m., followed by storytelling with Donald Davis. Both events will take place in the books to be the red stage; Bring your chairs. End the weekend with a community beach fire at NPS Lifeguard Beach. Bring marshmallows to roast under the stars, as well as chairs/blankets. All activities are sponsored by the Ocracoke Occupancy Tax Board, Hyde County, Ocracoke Civic & Business Association, and Ocracoke Tourism Development Authority.

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