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Things to do on the Outer Banks on the 4th of July

things to do on Outer Banks 4th of JulyAre you visiting the Outer Banks this week and looking for things to do on the Outer Banks on the 4th of July? Here, on the OBX, Independence Day is one of our favorite holidays. Children and adults alike love to watch the spectacular fireworks over water. Unfortunately, personal fireworks are illegal on the Outer Banks (more information on specific town rules and regulations can be found here), but there are great public fireworks in approved locations, such as Nags Head Fishing pier, Avon pier, Manteo Waterfront, and Currituck Heritage park.

Things to do on the Outer Banks on the 4th of July:

Start your Independence Day celebration at Duck‘s 4th of July parade. The parade starts at 9 am. Be sure to arrive early to find a parking spot. More information on the parade route and community celebration following the parade can be found on Town of Duck website.

If you haven’t had a chance to visit the Island Farm in Manteo, 4th of July is a great day to pay them a visit. Independence Day celebration at the Island Farm starts at 10 am. On Island Farm website, they suggest that you bring a picnic to enjoy and  join Island Farm staff in commemorating our nation’s birth with musket-fire, games, and a reading of the Declaration of Independence. Watermelon will be served in front of the farmhouse. Musket firing is scheduled for 1pm and 3pm. Also, don’t miss the Ox-wagon rides offered from 10:30 until 12:30 – much fun for the kids! Reading of Declaration of Independence will begin at 2pm. Admission cost: $6 for adults and children ages 6 and up.

Are you vacationing in Duck or Corolla area? Currituck Herritage Park in Corolla is one of the best places to celebrate 4th of July on the Outer Banks, with food, fun activities, music, and one of the best fireworks shows to enjoy! Admission and parking is free. Festivities start at 5 pm. Please visit the Whalehead club website for more information.

Hatteras vacationers, don’t miss Hatteras Village 4th Annual celebration that will take place in Hatteras village, in front of the post office, from 2 to 7 pm: golf cart parade, live local music, art,  food, ice cream, games, and more. Also, be sure to check out 4th of July Fireworks on Hatteras Island Facebook event to join in, see who else is going, or ask any questions you may have.

July 4th 2013 at Roanoke Island Festival park in Manteo is another event you don’t want to miss. The patriotic event is free and open to the public. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets and enjoy the performance by Blue Aces, US Air Force band. The gates open at 6pm, and the performance starts at 8pm. The parking lot fills up fast, so be sure to arrive early to get your parking spot. Roanoke Island Festival park is also a great place to enjoy the Manteo waterfront Fireworks, scheduled for 9:30.

Finally, my personal favorite - fireworks at Nags Head fishing pier, at Milepost 11.5. The Fireworks Spectacular starts at 9:25 on July 4th, with July 5th being the rain date. Parking at the Fishing pier is usually reserved for emergency vehicles and event staff, so I suggest that you park at a beach access or on a side of one of the roads, off the Beach road. Bring a blanket or beach chairs and enjoy one of the most amazing Fireworks shows, right at the beach. The fireworks show is usually pretty long (15-20 minutes) and very much worth seeing! Here’s a video of Nags Head Fishing Pier fireworks Finale we took last year:

Happy 4th of July! Enjoy your Independence Day Celebration and be safe!

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Outer Banks Aquarium


NC Aquarium on Roanoke Island

NC Aquarium on Roanoke Island

Outer Banks Aquarium in Manteo, NC

Outer Banks Aquarium is one of the OBX’ most fun, educational, and very affordable family attractions. The Aquarium is located on Roanoke Island, in Manteo, NC, within 30-40 minute drive from Kitty Hawk and Kill Devil Hills, in close proximity to the Island Farm attraction.


Outer Banks Aquarium Exhibits

Outer Banks Aquarium Exhibits


Outer Banks Aquarium on Roanoke Island boasts some great exhibits, including “Coastal Freshwaters”, “Wetlands on the Edge”, “Operation: Sea Turtle Rescue”, “Marine Communities”, “Close Encounters”, “Open Ocean”, and “Oceans Revealed: Power of the Planet”.

Start your visit at the “Coastal Freshwaters” Exhibit and learn about the freshwater fish, reptiles and amphibians, native to the waters of coastal ponds, lakes and rivers of North Carolina. Then enjoy watching the playful otters, observe turtles (snapping turtles, box turtles, and aquatic turtles) and alligators, and participate in the operation “Turtle Rescue” – a pretend play exhibit that gives you a hands-on experience of diagnosing and treating a replica of an injured sea turtle – very educational experience for kids and adults alike. As you continue your exploration of the Outer Banks Aquarium, you will also see seahorses, eels, lobsters and saltwater fish and have an opportunity to experience close marine animal encounters (at Aquarium’s touch tanks with stingrays, sharks, sea stars, crabs, starfish, etc.). The highlight of any trip to the Outer Banks Aquarium is the 285,000 gallon Graveyard of the Atlantic Tank with Sand tiger, sandbar, and nurse sharks swimming by the Replica of USS Monitor shipwreck. If you time your visit right, you will also have an opportunity to interact with divers who will answer just about any question you might have about sharks.

After your Aquarium visit, be sure to stop by the Aquarium Gift Shop that offers great souvenirs and  very educational toys for kids of all ages.

OBX Aquarium Hours and Admission Cost

OBX Aquarium Hours and Admission Cost

OBX Aquarium in Manteo is open daily, 9 am to 5 pm,  and closed only on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day. General Admission prices range from $6.00 to $8.00, with discounts for seniors and kids. Children under 2 years old are admitted free of charge. If you already have an NC Aquarium membership, admission is free. Outer Banks Aquarium has partnered with 150 zoos and aquariums around the country to offer more benefits to Aquarium Society members, based on their reciprocal agreement. If you are visiting from a different state and you are have a Zoo or Aquarium Membership in your state, be sure to check if you qualify for free or discounted admission.


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