06/21/16

Outer Banks 4th of July Celebrations

Long lazy hours on the beach, pool parties, cookouts – all the things you love to do to celebrate the 4th of July can be perfectly accomplished on your Hatteras Island vacation. Let the day take you to one of these great Independence Day celebrations!

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Avon Fireworks Display

Surf or Sound Realty is proud to sponsor the 4th of July Fireworks at the Avon Fishing Pier. A fun event for the whole family, fireworks begin around 9 pm. Fireworks are visible all along the Avon beach and parking is limited, so walk, bike or carpool! Cape Hatteras National Seashore officials have decided that this year, off-road vehicles may remain on the beaches near Avon past the 9 pm closing time to allow passengers to watch the fireworks. 

 

4th of July Bash at Koru Village

An Independence Day celebration at  Koru Village’s Beach Klub! Live music by Dale and the Zdubs will happen on the Papawack Theater’s stage, their tiki bars will be open for drinks and snacks, the firework show will happen right in front, at the Avon Pier, and afterwards Koru Village’s fire dancing troupe will take center stage to delight you with a fire show. Cost is $10.68 and the event is family friendly.

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Hatteras Village Golf Cart Parade

Join us for our annual July 4th Golf Cart Parade in Hatteras Village! Residents and visitors alike are invited to participate. Line up begins at 3:30 at Hatteras Harbor Court. No entry fee, just show up decorated in your best red, white and blue! Gift certificates to village businesses are awarded as prizes!

Town of Manteo 4th of July Celebration

July 4, 3:00 PM

Take a day trip to Manteo to celebrate Independence Day with small town flair. Watch the 440th Army Band perform, participate in wacky hat contest, decorated bike contest, apple pie contest and so much more. Then after the sun goes down take in one of the best firework shows on the Outer Banks.

Ocracoke Island Independance Day Celebrations

Planning a day trip to Ocracoke? They will have fireworks on Sunday July 3 and will have events going on both July 3 and 4th

Sunday, July 3, 2016:

Classic Car Show, Traditional Island Square Dance: Music by Molasses Creek, with Philip Howard as caller. Party at the NPS docks with Deejay Tommy Hutcherson. Enjoy some rockin’ tunes while you what for the fireworks to begin!

9:15pm: Fireworks! Amazing Pyrotechnic Show!  Gather around Silver Lake harbor to see the show. Please walk or bike; parking is limited.

Monday, July 4, 2016:

Flag Raising Ceremony and Singing of the National Anthem: Led by Ocracoke Boy Scout Troop # 290 at the School Circle on School Road. 39th Annual Sand Sculpture Contest: At the NPS Lifeguard Beach. Ocracoke Lighthouse: The lighthouse will be open for viewing – all are welcome to see inside! Skydivers at Ocracoke Community Park, Old Time Ocracoke Parade, and then from 7pm – 10pm: Community Beach Fire at Lifeguard Beach. Join friends and neighbors at the Lifeguard Beach for a family-friendly beach fire and party!


03/5/15

The Joys of a Spring Getaway to Hatteras Island

Spring Getaways on Hatteras Island

The weather is getting warmer and you’ve been dreaming of the beach, it’s time for a Spring Getaway to Hatteras Island!

Book your Dream House

With rates as much as 70% less than you’d pay in the summer, a Spring getaway is the perfect excuse to indulge and spend a week in your dream home. What’s more – many of our popular homes that are booked every week in the summer are available for Spring getaways! The views are stunning, and when a sunny Spring day comes to an end you can enjoy a soak in the bubbly hot tub, cook meals together in your gourmet kitchen, gather in the great room around the fireplace and have movie night in your own private theater room.

The Island is Open for Business

Fresh seafood, fruity drinks, whatever it is you love about Hatteras Island cuisine, you’ll probably be able to find it in the Spring. While some businesses close over the winter, by the time Easter comes around each year many Island restaurants are back in the swing of things and serving up your favorite food without the crowds that the summertime can sometimes bring. Do you have a family favorite you’re hoping to visit? many restaurants have Facebook pages where they will announce their hours or opening plans.

It’s Still Slow Season

Don’t care for traffic and crowds? Of course not, that’s what draws you to Hatteras Island in the first place. The uncrowded beaches are even more pristine in the slow-season giving you plenty of space for relaxing, collecting shells, or playing in the National Seashore’s giant sandbox.

Pleasant Temperatures

Daytime high temperatures are often in the 70s and it can cool off into the 50s at night. Dress in layers and enjoy wave-watching by day and star-gazing from the bubbly hot tub or gathering around your great room fireplace by night.

 


12/17/14

Perfect Weather for the 2014 Hatteras Village Christmas Parade

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This Saturday was a beautiful cool sunny day – perfect weather for the annual Hatteras Village Christmas Parade! This mile-long traditional parade brings out neighbors, businesses and visitors full of holiday cheer and a real sense of community.

Among the school marching band, the police departments, churches, horse stables and fire engines were the Surf or Sound Realty Elves! Bounding along the parade route next to a Surf or Sound maintenance truck all done up as the “seashells and jingle bells” float – the elves happily greeted parade-goers and handed out candy canes.

Afterwards everyone gathered at the community center for hot chocolate and cookies, another Hatteras Holiday tradition.

If you are ever in town parade weekend in December – the Christmas Parade is a village event your whole family can enjoy.


03/2/12

Picture of the Week

Even on a stormy day, the beauty of Hatteras Island is breathtaking. Check out our rainy day activities for fun things to do if it rains. With dark clouds over a deep blue ocean and a lightning show across the sky, a rainy day on a beach vacation beats any day at work.

Photo submitted on Facebook by Jessie Bourne.


02/15/12

Fireworks Display May Be Returning to Hatteras Island

Hatteras and Ocracoke islands have had no fireworks displays the past two years, but that may change for this year as the local community, businesses, organizations and Park Service work together to take the necessary steps toward hosting a fireworks display in Avon village for 2012.

The reason for no displays the past two year is that, on July, 4, 2009, four pyrotechnics workers died due to a terrible explosion on Ocracoke Island when the crew was near the ferry docks in Ocracoke village unloading fireworks for the display. As a result, ew restrictions were put in place that made it very complicated and costly to continue with the fireworks displays.

Due to massive support from local officials, businesses and individuals, the Cape Hatteras National Park Service has agreed to allow a permit for the launching of fireworks off Avon Pier.

Launching fireworks from the beach is illegal, however, concessions will be made for the Fourth of July as the Avon Pier is privately owned, and the fireworks will be launched into the ocean, past the mean low-water mark, and ergo outside of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore boundary.

While there will still be permits that need to be issued, this approval basically paves the way for the annual fireworks display to proceed.

The biggest hurdle to the annual display has been cleared, but there is still a lot of work to do.

Pyrotechnico, a pyrotechnics company from Pennsylvania, will be coming to Hatteras Island for a community meeting on March 15 to meet with the council and anyone who wants to be involved.

Fundraising efforts will continue on Hatteras and Ocracoke islands to provide the necessary financial support. So far, for 2012, Avon will be hosting the only professional display. We are very excited to share this news with our vacation guests and will keep you informed of any additional information as we receive it so that you can plan for your Hatteras Island vacation!

Donations for the display can be sent to APOA, PO Box 9, Avon, NC 27915.

Checks can also be dropped off (with attn: Norm Campbell) at any of the islands’ East Carolina Bank locations.