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
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
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 sound. Learn 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.
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.