Coming to the Outer Banks for the 4th of July? There are plenty of ways to have fun all along the island and beyond. While visiting, check out some of these local events and enjoy your Independence Day celebration Island Style!
July 1 – 3
The Third Annual Outer Banks Sandsculpture Festival sponsored by Kitty Hawk Sports will be held at Jockey’s Ridge Crossing Shopping Center, Nags Head. Stop by and see professional sand sculptures create a 50 ton artistic masterpiece out of sand, or enter the a sand carving contest for kids. For more information, visit Kitty Hawk Sports.
Summertime Blues Band LIVE 6:00 -10:00 p.m.
The Kona Summer Concert Series continues at REAL Watersports with waterfront LIVE music throughout the Cape Hatteras Summer season! Dinner and drinks are available right onsite from MOJOs Sunset Café. Enjoy The Summertime Blues Band on Saturday, July 3rd, from 6:00 -10:00 p.m. Please bring your friends and family and enjoy the show with us! http://www.realkiteboarding.com/index.cfm?page=newsitem&id=1720
Manteo – America Celebrates July 4th Fireworks with the Town of Manteo
Watch a phenomenal fireworks display on the grassy grounds of the Outdoor Pavilion at Roanoke Island Festival Park. The festivities start at 8:00 p.m. with live music and fireworks beginning at dark. Admission is free for everyone. For more information, visit roanokeisland.com
Rodanthe, Waves, Salvo – Independence Day Celebration
The 7th Annual Celebration, sponsored by the Rodanthe-Waves-Salvo Civic Association and held at the community building in Rodanthe, features patriotic music, community singing and a reading of the Declaration of Independence. Enjoy a delicious watermelon feast afterwards. The fun starts at 3:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public. For more information, click here.
Hatteras Village – Freedom Fest
In Hatteras, Freedom Fest kicks off at 4 p.m. on Highway 12 in the center of Hatteras village. Food and fun, and arts and crafts will be sponsored by the Hatteras Island Cancer Foundation. At 8:00 p.m. Enjoy a patriotic Hatteras Village concert near the water with the military band ensemble TRADOC Rock. The band will play patriotic music as well as its regular repertoire of classic Top 40, R & B, Motown and country and contemporary pop sounds.
Ocracoke Island – 4th of July Celebration
Ocracoke Island will have a full day of activities to celebrate Independence Day, starting with the 34th annual Sand Sculpture Contest at the NPS Life Guard Beach. The sand sculpture contest is held from 9:30 a.m until noon. From 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. you can check out classic cars on the lawn at Pony Island Motel pool area, and at 3:00 p.m., the Herd sky diving team will descend on the Pony Island Motel lawn. Time may vary because of weather conditions. At 3:00 p.m. you can also check out the Old Time Ocracoke Parade, a well loved annual event and will circle through Ocracoke Village.
Free Fishing Day July 4th!
Neither resident nor nonresident anglers need a license to fish in state waters on Sunday July 4th from 12:01 a.m. until 11:59 p.m. All other fishing regulations, such as length and daily possession limits and bait and tackle restrictions, are still in effect.
Authorized by the N.C. General Assembly and started in 1994, North Carolina’s annual free fishing day, which always falls on July 4, was created to promote the sport. For information about obtaining a North Carolina Coastal Recreational Fishing License, please visit the Division of Marine Fisheries website at: http://www.ncfisheries.net/recreational/NCCRFL.htm
Every Saturday in July (July 3, 10, 17, 24, 31) – Hatteras Village and Avon Fish Fries
Hatteras Village – 5:00 -7:00 p.m. Hatteras Fire Station
Enjoy locally caught fried fish along with hushpuppies, cole slaw and potato salad. For almost six decades, the folks in Hatteras Village have hosted this fish fry. Proceeds go to the Ladies Auxiliary, the Hatteras United Methodist Church and the Hatteras Village Civic Association.
Kinnakeet Fish Fry – 5:00 -7:00 p.m. Avon Fire Station
Enjoy fried fish and assorted side dishes, locally caught by Kinnakeet watermen. The fish fries fund civic association programs.