Islanders and visitors will find a wide array of events on the islands this upcoming Independence day weekend – from fireworks to a free market, a reading of the Declaration of Independence to a sand sculpture contest, there is a fun island event to keep everyone in your family smiling during your imminent Outer Banks vacation.
Fireworks – all displays begin between 8:30 and 9 p.m.
•The fireworks in Avon will be at the Avon Pier.
•Hatteras village fireworks will be on the beach near the ferry docks
•Ocracoke fireworks will be at the North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching campus (the old Coast Guard Station).
Parking is limited at most of these sites, so walking is recommended if your vacation rental home is close enough.
Other Events on Saturday, July 4th
•The sixth annual Independence Day Celebration: 3:30 p.m. at the Rodanthe-Waves-Salvo Community Building. This community gathering will celebrate the Declaration of Independence and features patriotic music performed by community members, singing and a reading of the Declaration of Independence. A watermelon feast follows the program. Visitors and locals alike are invited and encouraged to come by and enjoy the festivities.
•The 33rd annual Sand Sculpture contest will take place on Ocracoke Island on the National Park Service beach from 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 noon. Take a day trip to Hatteras Island’s neighboring island for some fun, sun, and excellent prizes.
•The 2nd Really, Really Free Market will be held from 9:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. at the Avon Fire Station. Everyone is welcome at this free event, where all are encouraged to give, receive, and create on their own terms. Bring your goods, services, skills, performances, stories, crafts, food, games, music, clothing, furniture, plants, and resources to share with others in the community. The event is self-organized by everyone who participates. Nothing is required for participation, but please think creatively about the skills you have and could teach, the useful or beautiful things you have and don’t need, or the resources you can share with people to create something during the event.
Have fun enjoying the Independence Day celebration island-style, with a beach vacation packed with fun events that your family is sure to treasure. Remember, if you haven’t booked your 4th of July vacation, there is still time to find your perfect vacation home. Click here for a quick and easy search.