OBX Fireworks 2018

Outer Banks Fireworks shows

Outer Banks Fireworks Shows & Info

If you are lucky enough to be planning a trip to the Outer Banks during the 4th of July for Independence Day celebrations you’re in for a great time. The OBX fireworks shows for 2018 will be amazing.

There’ll be four fireworks shows on Wednesday, the 4th of July, up and down the Outer Banks. From Kill Devils Hills at Avalon Pier, down to Hatteras Island off the Avon Pier in the Village of Avon.

Check out the different locations below for information and helpful directions. See our tips for beating the crowds as well.

Avalon Pier Fireworks

Kill Devil Hills NC

The Town of Kill Devil Hills has secured a great fireworks contractor from Pennsylvania to do the honors this year. Admission is of course free, and it’s best to bring a towel and settle on the sand to enjoy the show. Fireworks will begin at dark somewhere just after 9pm.

Nags Head Fishing Pier Fireworks

Nags Head NC

One of the most popular Fireworks displays on the OBX, the Town of Nags Head and the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau is putting on Nags Head’s July 4th fireworks show. To be close to the action you should arrive early, and use the public beach accesses to find a spot on the beach.

Another great option is to view the fireworks show from Jockey’s Ridge State Park. The park will remain open for those wanting to perch atop the dunes and see fireworks. You’ll be able to catch views of other fireworks shows in the distance too!

Manteo Sound Fireworks

Manteo NC

The Town of Manteo makes July 4th Celebrations an all day affair with tons of family fun. The festivities usually began by 3pm, and everything from live bands to genuine Americana on the downtown Manteo waterfront.

You can even begin your day visiting Island Farm where there’ll be Independence Day themed activities and children will love seeing the farm animals.

Cap the night off with music provided by the 208th Army Band out of Concord NC, and an amazing fireworks display. The pavilion lawn at Roanoke Island Festival Park will host the Army Reserve Band and the fireworks will fire off over the Manteo Sound.

Avon & Hatteras Island Fireworks

Avon NC

Dubbed “Fireworks at the Beach” Avon Fishing Pier will be the spot to enjoy fireworks out on the Cape. Radio Hatteras will broadcast a special Independence Day show on FM 101.5 with patriotic tunes and more.

Bring some towels and put your toes in the sand to enjoy this fireworks show up close, but know that you’ll have good visibility all along the Avon Beachfront.

Parking will be limited so be sure to walk, bike, and/or carpool.

We want everyone to have a fun and safe time enjoying Independence Day celebrations on the 4th of July, so we thought we’d provide some insider info.

Also note that many show’s rain delay date will be July 5th should weather not cooperate on the fourth.

North Carolina prohibits the possession and use of any pyrotechnics that launch or propel into the air and explode or make a soundLearn more about local policies regarding fireworks and bonfires.

If you’re still reading this and haven’t booked your OBX  vacation home to enjoy the holiday there’s still available vacation rentals to choose from.

Check out our vacation rentals as well as last minute specials to get to the Outer Banks and enjoy some summer fun!

TIPS FROM OBX LOCALS FOR WATCHING THE FIREWORKS

  • Parking spots at beach accesses fill up FAST and once the show is over, it will be awhile before you’ll be able to get out of the parking lot (because of so many pedestrians)
  • Better to park and walk, the farther away from the beach and the farther you’re willing to walk from your car to the beach, the easier it will be to get your car back on the main highway and to your rental home
  • Ideally you’ll have booked an oceanside property near one of the shows so you can walk to the beach without having to cross the highway. Better yet, book oceanfront so you don’t have to walk at all
  • Get their early, set up camp, enjoy the show and relax for an hour or so on the beach afterwards until the crowds clear out.
  • Don’t blocking driveways beacause you could be towed
  • Don’t trespass on private property to get to the beach
  • Don’t fire dangerous fireworks near crowds

Remember to be safe, be patient, and take care of your fellow patriots so we all enjoy the 4th of July Fireworks together.

What You Should Know About Hurricane Season on the Outer Banks

The location and unique geography of the Outer Banks causes hurricanes to potentially be a major threat. The high winds and surges associated with these powerful storms can cause devastating flooding to the area. Hurricane season starts in June and lasts through the end of November but it should not restrict your plans to vacation on the Outer Banks. Educate yourself about what to do in the event of an impending storm.

The peak season for hurricanes in this area is mid-August through September. Knowing that, it would be wise to purchase travelers insurance when you have that option. It’s also important to remain flexible with your plans. While planning a vacation during hurricane season it’s wise to keep an eye on sites like Accuweather.com for seasonal forecasts and to track storm development within a week or two of your trip.

If you’re on vacation during a hurricane watch, contact us about our hurricane preparedness plan. During a hurricane warning, carefully follow the directions of local officials in your area, and immediately leave if they advise it. In the event of an extreme wind warning/advisory, which means that extreme sustained winds of 115 mph or higher are expected to begin within an hour, immediately take shelter in the interior portion of a well-built structure.

Stan White Realty offers Traveler Interruption Insurance with Red Sky Travel Insurance. Having this coverage will save your investment and possibly your vacation, and also give you peace of mind during such disasters. To purchase the policy, initial in the space provided on your lease agreement.

The fall months on the Outer Banks are the best time of year to visit. Summer crowds have returned home, the weather is comfortable, and the water temp is still enjoyable. Prices also go down during the beginning of the shoulder season. In fact, everything in all aspects is generally cheaper such as dining, shopping and accommodations during this time.

Each year the weather is different, just like anywhere else. It can be a season filled with a bunch of small storms or one large one. Following are some valuable links to check out:

Outer Banks Weather
Red Sky Traveler Interruption Insurance

The National Hurricane Center has the most up-to-date information on hurricane developments, forecasts and weather alerts, discussions analyzing the data and more.