4th of July on the OBX: Where to Celebrate Independence Day

Patriotic Events Happening on the Outer Banks

Is there a better place to celebrate July 4th than on the Outer Banks? We don’t think so, although we may be biased! Whether you’d like to spend your 4th of July lounging at the beach, enjoying a festive local event, or simply spending time with loved ones at your OBX beach house, we’ve got a recommendation for you. There’s an Independence Day celebration nearby no matter which OBX town you’re staying in. There will be fireworks and fun for all! 

obx 4th of july fireworks

Corolla Independence Day Celebration

Historic Corolla Park
1100 Club Drive
Corolla, NC 27927
Thursday, July 4, 2024
Time: Starts at 5:00 pm

The annual festival in Corolla is returning to Historic Corolla Park on July 4th. Join the celebration, which will include live music, various food vendors, and family-friendly activities. The celebration concludes with fireworks over the Currituck Sound. It’s a fun afternoon and evening for all, including furry family members who are also welcome as long as they’re leashed.


Town of Manteo Fourth of July Celebration

Downtown Manteo
Queen Elizabeth Avenue
Manteo, NC 27954
Thursday, July 4, 2024
Time: Starts at 2:30 pm

The street fair fun begins downtown in front of Dare County Arts Council with the singing of the National Anthem and the presentation of the flags. Fun activities for all ages, including kids games, a decorated bike contest, an apple pie contest, a watermelon eating contest, food, and summer treats. Fireworks will begin after dark.


Town of Kill Devil Hills Fireworks

Avalon Pier
2111 N. Virginia Dare Trail
Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948
Milepost 6 on the beach road
Thursday, July 4, 2024
Time: Dusk (approximately 9:15 pm)

Traditionally, the town of Kill Devil Hills has provided an impressive fireworks display over the Atlantic Ocean that begins after dark. The fireworks are launched from Avalon Pier. Law enforcement will be on hand to assist with foot traffic crossing North Virginia Dare Trail (the beach road) and North Croatan Highway (the bypass) at Avalon Drive and Sportsman Drive. 

Avalon Pier 4th of july fireworks

Town of Nags Head Fireworks

Nags Head Fishing Pier
3335 S. Virginia Dare Trail
Nags Head, NC 27959
Milepost 11.5 on the beach road
Thursday, July 4, 2024
Time: 9:25 pm

The town of Nags Head’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular over the ocean has been launched from Nags Head Fishing Pier. Nags Head police will be on hand to assist with pedestrian traffic. 


Avon Fishing Pier 4th of July Fireworks Show

Avon Pier on Hatteras Island
41001 NC Hwy 12
Avon, NC 27915
Thursday, July 4, 2024
Time: 9:00 pm

The 4th of July celebration includes a fireworks display over the beautiful Cape Hatteras National Seashore beach. 

obx 4th of july races
obx flag guy

Independence 1 Mile Beer Run

Outer Banks Brewing Station
600 S. Croatan Highway
Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948
Sunday, June 30, 2024
11:00 am

Themed beer mile with a backyard party at the end. Costume contest for the most creative American spirit. The bar in the backyard at Outer Banks Brewing Station will open one hour before the race at 10:00 am.

OBX Freedom 5K

102 Town Hall Drive
Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948
Thursday, July 4, 2024
7:30 am

5K, 1 mile, and Little Sparkler 1/4 mile races starting and ending at the Kill Devil Hills Town Hall in front of the Town War Memorial.


Killer Dunes

Jockey’s Ridge State Park
Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948
Thursday, July 4, 2024
8:00 am

A 2-mile race across the sand dunes at Jockey’s Ridge. A unique race across challenging terrain.

Other OBX 4th of July events

Town of Duck 4th of July Parade & Community Celebration

The Town of Duck’s Annual 4th of July Parade and Community Celebration returns this year! The parade will begin at 9:00 am on Thursday, July 4, 2024. The one-mile parade route begins at the crest of the hill on Scarborough Lane and heads east until turning north on Ocean Way, then turns left onto Christopher Drive. The parade will end at Christopher Drive and Pamela Court, just behind Twiddy & Company’s Duck office and Scarborough Faire Shopping Village.

The Community Celebration will be held immediately following the parade at Duck Town Park, and it will feature live music, refreshments, and parade awards.


Duck 4th of July Parade
4x4 beach house flag

Staying at Your Beach House to Grill and Chill on the 4th? 


Spending the morning at the beach and the afternoon grilling with family sounds like a fantastic way to spend the holiday. Butcher Block in Corolla can fulfill all of your meat and seafood needs, as well as beer and wine for your grill and chill session. While you’re there shopping for dinner, grab one of their tasty deli sandwiches for a quick lunch.

Courtney Wisecarver

Courtney Wisecarver

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