Outer Banks July 4th Events: Fireworks and More 2016

 

The Peaceful Outer Banks Communities Will Light Up the Skies this Independence Day!

 

Experience the spirit of patriotism in the small-town communities of the Outer Banks.

Experience the spirit of patriotism in the small-town communities of the Outer Banks.

 

The Outer Banks is a great place to celebrate the Fourth of July. The small-town feelings of pride and patriotism permeate every aspect of the celebrations. So if you’re in one of these seaside communities, be sure to check out what’s happening. There will be parades, festivities, and of course, fireworks!

 

AVON

 

Avon Fireworks

WHEN: Monday, July 4, at dusk

WHERE: Avon Fishing Pier • 41001 North Carolina 12, Avon, NC

WEBSITE

The old, island village of Avon will bring the night sky to life this Independence Day! Join them at the Avon Fishing Pier for fun and fireworks the whole family will love.

 

 

COROLLA

 

24th Annual Independence Day Celebration

WHEN: Monday, July 4, noon–9 p.m.

WHERE: Historic Corolla Park • 1100 Club Road, Corolla, NC

PHONE: 252-435-2947

WEBSITE

Starting at noon, bring your whole family out to enjoy a day of fun and games. Activities include a cornhole competition, a watermelon eating contest and much more! Then as dusk falls, the main event, fireworks!

 

 

DUCK

 

12th Annual 4th of July Parade & Community Celebration

WHEN: Monday, July 4, starting at 9 a.m.

WHERE: Duck Town Park • 1200 Duck Road, Duck, NC

WEBSITE

An annual Outer Banks tradition in the town of Duck. This fun parade will follow a one-mile route, starting on Scarborough Lane at the crest of the hill. After, head down to Duck Town Park for live music, juicy watermelon and awards for the parade winners.

 

 

 

KILL DEVIL HILLS

 

Kill Devil Hills Independence Day Fireworks

WHEN: Monday, July 4, after dark

WHERE: Avalon Pier • 2111 North Virginia Dare Trail, Kill Devil Hills, NC (Beach Road @ Mile Post 6)

PHONE: 252-473-2133

WEBSITE

Watch the night sky light up at this amazing fireworks display!

 

 

MANTEO

 

FireworksTown of Manteo July Fourth Celebration

WHEN: Monday, July 4, starting at 3 p.m.

WHERE: Manteo Waterfront Marina • 207 Queen Elizabeth Avenue, Manteo, NC

PHONE: 252-473-2133

WEBSITE

Creative events all day like a Wacky Hat Contest and a Decorated Bike Contest. Live music will precede the amazing fireworks display which begins after dark.

 

 

OCRACOKE

 

Ocracoke Independence Day Celebration

WHEN: Sunday, July 3–Monday, July 4

WHERE: Ocracoke Village, NC

PHONE: 252-928-6711

WEBSITE

This two-day celebration is jam packed with family activities, dancing, music and so much fun you’ll wish it was longer than two days. The fireworks go off Sunday night, but join them for a community bonfire the evening of the fourth.

 

OBX Events: Memorial Day Weekend 2016

 

Head down to the Outer Banks this Memorial Day Weekend.

Head down to the Outer Banks this Memorial Day Weekend.

 

Memorial Day is almost here! If you are looking for the perfect getaway destination, look no further than the Outer Banks. Memorial Day is when the summer season officially begins. Seasonal shops and restaurants swing open their doors. So come to the Outer Banks and enjoy the surf and sand, the natural surroundings and tons of outdoor activities around every corner.

This Memorial Day has some great events that will be fun for you or fun for the whole family. Rest, recuperate and enjoy an Outer Banks getaway this Memorial Day weekend.

 

Memorial Day Weekend 2016
Outer Banks Events

 

The Lost Colony Summer Season Opens
May 27

Historic Waterside Theatre • 1409 National Park Drive, Manteo, NC

Box Office: 252-473-6000

Website

Cost:

$30/Adults
*Discounted tickets for Children, Seniors, Students, Military, etc.

This memorial Day Weekend, come to the opening of the longest running outdoor theatre production in the U.S. The Lost Colony tells the story of the 117 English settlers who came to the New World in 1587, then just three years later disappeared never to be seen again. As you watch the production, gather clues to see if you can solve America’s oldest mystery. You will love the amazing musical numbers, beautiful costumes and sets and a spectacular story brought to life by a cast of over 100 actors, dancers, singers and crew. The summer season ends on August 20, so get your tickets now. Your family will love it!

 

The Shallowbag Shag
May 30

Roanoke Island Festival Park • 1 Festival Park, Manteo, NC

Box Office: 252-423-3039

Website

 Cost:

$40/General Admission
$65/VIP Seats

From the early 1930’s until the 1960’s, the Nags Head Casino was the place to be for fun, music and of course dancing! It saw the transition from dancing the Jitterbug to doing the Twist or the Shag. Though the Casino is gone, the residents of the Outer Banks still like to get together to dance the night away. Come out to the Shallowbag Shag. Enjoy food and refreshments and some of the most popular beach bands. Be sure to wear your dancing shoes!

 

Amazing craft beer in the beautiful Outer Banks = Paradise

Amazing craft beer in the beautiful Outer Banks = Paradise

Outer Banks Craft Beer Week
May 30 – June 5

 Nags Head, NC

Website

 This week long event is a celebration of the craft beer industry and the arts. Tons of fun, beer related events all culminate in the OBX Brewfest, a day of fun, games, music and BEER!

Week Events Include:

•Brewathlon
•Craft Brewer Retreat
•Tap Takeovers
•Beer Dinners
•Tasting Events
•Film Festival
•Art Show
•Beach Party
•And more!!!

 

Memorial Day is an important time to honor those men and women who have been killed in combat to defend our nation. Be sure to thank your local service men and women for all they do to protect us here at home.

 

 

National and State Parks Located in the Outer Banks

Come see why the parks at the Outer Banks are preserved.

Come see why the parks at the Outer Banks are preserved.

2016 is the Centennial Anniversary of all national and state parks. Throughout 2016, guests and residents alike are invited to participate in the beauty these locations represent to their regions across America. Every state park will be holding a special event sometime in 2016 to mark the occasion.

The Outer Banks is such a beautiful part of the country it is no wonder that both the state of North Carolina and the federal government have chosen to protect parts of it. This is your guide to enjoying these incredible parks during your Outer Banks stay.

 

Jockey’s Ridge State Park

300 West Carolista Drive
Nags Head, NC 27959

Contact: 252-441-7132

Website

 

The East Coast's largest sand dune is found at Jockey's Ridge.

The East Coast’s largest sand dune is found at Jockey’s Ridge.

 

Home to the East Coast’s largest living sand dune, Jockey’s Ridge is a 420-acre state park with amenities for every type of traveler from museums, for those who love history, to hang gliding for those who love excitement. The boardwalk is 360 feet long and the park offers sunbathing, wading, and paddling. Nature trails are available for self-guided tours, and various events and activities take place all spring and summer long. Including two centennial events: Killer Dunes 2-Miler & Fun Run on July 4, or on August 30, “Save our Sand Dunes” Heritage Day.

Jockey’s Ridge state park is situated in Nags Head. The exhibit hall fills in visitors on all of the area’s legends, including how the park came to be called Jockey’s Ridge and how Nags Head got its name. Jockey Ridge became a state park in 1975 once the funds were acquired to support a 1973 decision.

CLICK HERE to read more about Jockey’s Ridge State Park.

 

Cape Hatteras National Seashore

Cape Hatteras1401 National Park Drive
Manteo, NC 27954

Contact: 252-473-2111

Website

 

The most well-known feature of this national park is the Bodie Island Lighthouse, which can be climbed by visitors who come to the island between the 3rd Friday in April and Columbus Day in October. But there are many other activities to enjoy including:

 

Birdwatching – Many coastal birds call Cape Hatteras home during the breeding season.
Sea Turtles – Summertime is when you can enjoy the best turtle watching.
Camping – Wake up to the sound of the waves.
Swimming – There’s nothing quite like swimming in the Ocean.
Star Gazing – Get ready for the best night sky views on the East Coast. The park works to limit light pollution allowing visitors to see incredible amounts of stars.

 

Learn More About North Carolina’s Amazing State Parks

 

 

The Wild Horses of the Outer Banks

 

While vacationing in the Outer Banks, don't miss a glimpse of the famed wild horses.

While vacationing in the Outer Banks, don’t miss a glimpse of the famed wild horses.

 

All over the Outer Banks in North Carolina, you will come face to face with the beauty of nature. But a glimpse of the wild horses residing in the Outer Banks will give you a sense of wonder and majesty like no other outdoor experience. There are only a few locations in the United States where you can see mustangs roaming freely. So while vacationing, this rare treat is not to be missed.

But what is the best way to encounter the wild horses of OBX? There are several locations along the coast where you can find them. There are also rules of conduct that you should abide by, for the safety of yourself, your family and the horses.

 

Where to Find the Wild Horses

Wild Horses 3Depending on the breed you want to see, there are a number of locations in the Outer Banks where you can find wild horses.

Corolla

In one of the northernmost points of the Outer Banks, visitors can take 4-wheel drive vehicles to look for horses or can enjoy a guided tour to these Spanish mustangs.

Ocracoke Island

Technically these wild horses have been penned in, but the fenced land (protected by the federal government) covers 180 acres, and the horses have the sense of roaming free.

Shackleford Banks

In the nearby Crystal Coast of North Carolina, you can get a glimpse of over 100 wild horses that have been nicknamed the Shackleford Ponies.

 

Respect the Wild Horses

Wild Horses 4There are two important things to remember when going to see the wild horses of the Outer Banks. The first is that they are protected—so don’t think you can keep one, even if it gets friendly. Second, these are wild horses. 50 feet is about as close as you want to be, so bring binoculars and a camera with a good zoom lens for photos. Also, if you have any pets with you, make sure they are properly leashed.

 

While it may be tempting to do otherwise, keep these three rules in mind:

 

*Don’t feed the horses

*Don’t touch the horses

*Don’t disturb the horses in any way

 

Not only is it illegal under both state and federal law, but it can also be extremely dangerous as most of these horses will defend themselves if they feel threatened. Wild horses are an enjoyable site—just remember to respect these wild and majestic creatures.  

 

Wild Horses

 

Outer Banks Wild Horse Tours:

 

Back Beach Wild Horse Tours

1159 Austin Street, Corolla, NC • 252-453-6141 • Website

Bob’s Wild Horse Tours

1066 Ocean Trail, Corolla, NC • 252-453-8602 • Website

Corolla Wild Horse Fund

1129 Corolla Village Road, Corolla, NC • 252-453-8002 • Website

Corolla Wild Horse Tours

1210 Ocean Trail, Corolla, NC • 252-207-0511 • Website

Wild Horse Adventure Tours

610 Currituck Clubhouse Drive, Corolla, NC • 252-489-2020 • Website

 

 

 

Rainy Day Activities for Kids in the Outer Banks

 

Tips for enjoying a rainy day with the family

Rainy Day

 

An Outer Banks vacation is supposed to be all about hitting the waves and lounging in the sun. Isn’t that the reason you brought your kids? So that they could get out and play, get rid of all that excess energy.  Unfortunately, you can’t ensure good weather every day of your trip. When those rain clouds start rolling in, you may panic and wonder, what do I do with my little ones?

Don’t fret! Here are a few activities for when the weather won’t cooperate with your vacation plans.

 

Fool Proof Rainy Day Activities for Kids:

 

 

aquarium-2The North Carolina Aquarium

Staring through the glass of an aquarium, it can almost feel like you’re swimming with the fishes in the deep sea. Located in Manteo, the North Carolina Aquarium boasts 68,000 sq. ft. for visitors and a giant saltwater tank measuring 285,000 gallons.

Museums

Kids don’t always jump for joy when they hear that they’re going to a museum. But the museums in the Outer Banks will keep the whole family entertained, and out of the rain. There are museums to meet every taste from the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum where the kids can learn about Blackbeard the pirate to the Wild Horse Museum for equine lovers.

Indoor Entertainment

If the kids are complaining about being bored, then head over to Destination Fun. Laser tag, an arcade, a bounce house and even indoor mini golf! Or if bowling is more your speed, why not try OBX Bowling in Nags Head, classic, family-friendly fun!

Art Galleries

Locally owned galleries are located throughout the Outer Banks. Let your kids get a taste for the finer things in life.

Crafting

There are plenty of shops where kids can create their own souvenirs such as at Life on a Sandbar. They also do braiding/hair beads, a staple for any kid’s OBX vacation. Or try What the Shell which features a craft corner where kids can paint shells.

 

Did the sun come back out?

CLICK HERE for some fun outdoor activities you can do with your kids.

 

 

Outdoor Fun for Kids in the Outer Banks

 

Kid-Friendly Activities in OBX

Sandcastle

 

You’ve packed the kids in the car, and you’re off to your Outer Banks vacation with the whole family. But how can you be sure that the kids will have plenty of fun things to do? There is tons of fun in the water and on land for the whole family. Check out this list of kid-friendly activities in the Outer Banks.

 

We’ll start with some fun in the water…

The beach may be all that you need to have a fun day with the kids. Many children are more than happy to build castles in the sand. Outer Banks is also a great place for kite flying (no wonder the Wright Brothers tested their planes here). For older kids, there are body and boogie board rentals. The gentle slope of the beach allows kids to walk out further rather than having to swim, and the breakers are further out, so boarders don’t hit the beach. For the adventurous family, there are other watersports such as kiteboarding and windsurfing. You can also rent paddleboats, kayaks, or surfboards. CLICK HERE to read more about great Water Activities in the Outer Banks!

 

Now to learn about fun on dry land…

Photo Credit: Paradise Fun Park

Photo Credit: Paradise Fun Park

Not all outdoor activities are water related. Nearby state and national parks have hiking trails. See the east coast’s tallest sand dunes at Jockey’s Ridge State Park! There are also plenty of mini golf and go-kart locations such as Paradise Fun Park in Kill Devil Hills. Playgrounds abound for little ones.

 

Still looking for more to do? Check out the Top Ten Most Amazing Attractions in the Outer Banks. CLICK HERE to read more!

 

 

But what if it’s a rainy day?

CLICK HERE for some great ideas about what to do with your kids on a rainy day.

 

 

The Joy of Asian in the Outer Banks: BuddhaLicious and Other Asian Restaurants

 

Cravin’ Asian? Here’s Your Guide to the Best South-East Asian Restaurants in the OBX
Original and delicious Asian cuisine at BuddhaLicious. Photo Credit: BuddhaLicious

Original and delicious Asian cuisine at BuddhaLicious.
Photo Credit: BuddhaLicious

Everyone loves a good Asian restaurant. Who doesn’t have their go-to Chinese dish that they love? Who doesn’t love to indulge in great sushi or a hibachi grill experience? And even the spicy sweetness of Thai cuisine is taking the nation by storm. But what if you’d like to have a little bit of everything.

A new culinary experience has come to the Outer Banks. An Asian fusion restaurant that brings authentic flavors but with a twist. BuddhaLicious is setting itself up to be a destination restaurant right smack dab in the middle of Corolla.

 

Delicious Delights

Photo Credit: www.buddhaliciousobx.com

Photo Credit: BuddhaLicious

BuddhaLicious offers lunch and dinner, as well as appetizers and sushi. It has meals you’ll recognize like Orange Chicken, Tikka Masala and Thai Drunken Noodles. But they’ve also poured their culinary creativity into such meals as Loco Moco, a Hawaiian dish that gives you an angus burger with a Japanese rice cake and chow-chow, and Butternut Nut Squash Curry.

 

Scintillating Sake

Sake is not just rice wine. It is a refreshing fermented drink that is an essential aspect of the Japanese dining experience. BuddhaLicious has compiled the most comprehensive selection of sake anywhere in the Outer Banks. Enjoy different flavors, and develop your palate as you sample a broad array of sakes. There are also inventive Saketinis, a signature drink.

Photo Credit: www.buddhaliciousobx.com

Photo Credit: www.buddhaliciousobx.com

Beautiful Atmosphere

BuddhaLicious recognizes that atmosphere has become almost as important to the dining experience as the food itself. That’s why they’ve created a Zen environment of fun, relaxation and food vibes. You can bring a date, your friends or even your family. The unique “Hot Rock” platter lets your table cook their individual meats and seafood the way you like it.

 

BuddhaLicious

887 Albacore Street
Corolla, NC 27927
252-453-4503
Website

Come enjoy an original dining experience that will keep you coming back again and again!

 

Other Asian Dining in the Outer Banks:

Fuji Japanese Steakhouse and Sushi Bar

1201 South Croatan Highway, Kill Devil Hills, NC • 252-449-0628 • Website

Sanya Asian Bistro, Chinese Cuisine & Sushi Bar

3919 North Croatan Highway, Kitty Hawk, NC • 252-261-1946 • Website

Shun Xing Chinese Restaurant

5537 North Croatan Highway, Kitty Hawk, NC • 252-261-0202 • Website

Taiko Sushi

Outer Banks Mall, 5000 South Croatan Highway, Nags Head, NC • 252-449-8895 • Website

Thai Room

710 South Virginia Dare Trail, Kill Devil Hills, NC • 252-441-1180 • Website

Vilai’s Thai Chicken

5230 N Virginia Dare Trail, Kitty Hawk, NC • 252-441-8424 • Website

 

Italian Food in the Outer Banks: The Jolly Roger & Other Great Eateries

 

Make Great Italian Food a Part of Your OBX Vacation!

Make great Italian food a part of your Outer Banks vacation.

Make great Italian food a part of your Outer Banks vacation.

 

A great restaurant defines a community. Locals come back over and over again, because they know that not only will they be greeted by the friendly waitstaff, but that a world of delectable eats can be theirs! One such restaurant is the Jolly Roger Restaurant in Kill Devil Hills. When it comes to finding Italian food, there are not a lot of options. Tons of pizza places, but home cooked Italian? Few and far between. It’s a good thing that the Italian Restaurant that are in the Outer Banks have everything you could want. Atmosphere, fun, and most important, flavor!

 

Jolly Roger Restaurant

1836 North Virginia Dare Trail, Kill Devil Hills, NC • 252-441-6530 • Website

Photo Credit: Jolly Roger Restaurant

Photo Credit: Jolly Roger Restaurant

The Jolly Roger is not your mama’s Italian joint. No drippy candles on the tables and no red checkered table cloths. But this seaside restaurant fits perfectly into its beachy surroundings. Kitschy pirate décor, a gift shop if you’re looking for vacation souvenirs and signs emblazoned with their pirate logo. But from the outside, you wouldn’t think that amazing Italian cuisine lies within!

But the locals know better! They are open all day—breakfast, lunch and dinner, including their famous happy hour. The portion sizes are huge, so be prepared to take some home. And if you’re looking for nighttime entertainment, they offer trivia, games & karaoke, as well as the occasional local band.

All who come to the Jolly Roger leave with a smile on their face, completely satisfied with their meal—whether at breakfast with a plate-sized pancake or in the evening with their homemade pasta or seafood.

And if you’re in town for Easter 2016, CLICK HERE to see Jolly Roger’s Easter Specials.

 

Other Italian Restaurants:

Bambino’s Little Italy
106 Corolla Boulevard, Corolla, NC • 252-453-4004 • Website

Josephine’s Sicilian Kitchen
3701 N Croatan Hwy, Kitty Hawk, NC • 252-261-2669 • Website

La Dolce Vita
798 Sunset Boulevard, Corolla, NC • 252-453-0069 • Website

 

If it’s pizza you’re looking for, check out this article:

7 PIZZA SPOTS IN OUTER BANKS

 

 

Outer Banks Fishing Charters for 2016

 

Head to the Outer Banks for some great fishing action! Photo Credit: sharkyscharters.com

Head to the Outer Banks for some great fishing action!
Photo Credit: sharkyscharters.com

 

The Outer Banks has some of the best fishing in the world! But maybe you are not sure where to go for the best fishing. Here is a list of fishing charters available for you and your friends or family to rent out during the 2016 season and beyond.

 

Chief Wanchese Headboat
Wanchese Marina on Roanoke Island, 4457 Mill Landing Road, Wanchese, NC • 252-423-1422 • Website

This 50-foot boat allows for fishing in areas that other vessels can’t reach. A standard trip lasts for four hours, and bait and tackle are provided. Sunset cruises are also available.

Country Girl Head Boat & Crystal Dawn Head Boat
Pirate’s Cove Yacht Club, 2000 Sailfish Point, Manteo, NC • 252-473-5577 • Website

The Crystal Dawn caters to those looking to stay closer inshore, in the Outer Banks’ many sounds and inlets. The Country Girl is equipped to head out to sea for offshore fishing expeditions. Both come with everything you need for a day of fishing, including: bait and tackle, fishing license and fish bags.

Fishing Unlimited
7665 S Virginia Dare Trail, Nags Head, NC • 252-441-5028 • Website

Everything you need to fish in the Outer Banks is right here! Get outfitted for surf or pier fishing, or prepare for an inshore/offshore adventure. Rent a small outboard vessel or a pontoon boat. It will be an unforgettable experience.

Jennette’s Pier
7223 South Virginia Dare Trail, Nags Head, NC • 252-255-1501 • Website

Though not a charter fishing boat, this 1000-foot fishing pier is a great place for beginner anglers or families with kids. This beautiful location is great to visit, or to get instruction on the art of fishing.

Outer Banks Kayak Fishing

252-305-2017 • Website

 A great place to get outfitted for the relatively new activity of kayak fishing. Whether this is your first time, or you’re an old-hand, they will be able to plan a great fishing trip just for you.

Promenade Watersports

105 Promenade Lane, Kitty Hawk, NC • 252-261-4400 • Website

Their 600-foot pier displays water activities galore! Paddleboards, waverunners and kayaks…as well as fishing boats! Talk to their experts about how to get ready for a day on the sea.

Rock On Fishing Charters

1205 West Durham Street, Kill Devil Hills, NC • 252-982-6557 • Website

Be lead out by an experienced, Coast Guard approved captain, who will help you improve if you’re a beginner or challenge you if you’ve got some fishing trips under your belt. The stress is reduced by providing all rods, tackle, bait, ice and the required fishing license.

Sharky’s Bait, Tackle & Charters

1245 Duck Road, Kitty Hawk, North Carolina • 252-255-2248 • Website

A full range of expeditions are available! Head offshore, stay inshore or skirt the sound that defines the Outer Banks. There are also sunset and dolphin cruises that are available. And their bait shop will make sure you have everything you need before you launch out.

 

If you’re confused how to get started, read this article:

INTRODUCTION TO FISHING IN THE OUTER BANKS

 

Introduction to Fishing in the Outer Banks

 

Don’t be intimidated if you don’t know much about fishing, come to the Outer Banks and learn!

Come to the Outer Banks for an exciting fishing expedition!

Come to the Outer Banks for an exciting fishing expedition!

There is so much to do in the Outer Banks! Great shopping, historical landmarks and museums, outdoor endeavors, and of course, fishing. Fishing in the Outer Banks is an extremely popular pastime. Even before beach tourists discovered this beautiful location, the fishing in the Outer Banks drew fishermen from around the world. It could be the beautiful summers or the mild winters or the intersection of the Labrador Current and Gulf Stream, but the Outer Banks has some of the best fishing in the world no matter what time of year.

If you’ve never fished before, or if you’re a novice, maybe you want to use your vacation in the Outer Banks as an opportunity to develop your angling skills. But you could be intimidated by the plethora of fishing opportunities in the Outer Banks, and you don’t know where to begin. Here is your guide! Read below to get a fishing education. Find out the types of fishing available, and what that means. In that way, you will be fully prepared to choose the best fishing expedition for you!

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Click here to view North Carolina Recreational Fishing License Types and Fees

Click here to purchase a North Carolina Fishing License

 

 Click here to read about charter fishing for summer 2016