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Outer Banks Fireworks 2021

Find Outer Banks Events on the Fourth of July

Traveling to the Outer Banks for the 4th of July? You'll find the best fireworks spectacles and other Fourth of July events below. Come early with a blanket to get a good spot! This year the Outer Banks has four Fireworks displays: Corolla - Whalehead Club, Nags Head - Nags Head Fishing Pier & Manteo - Manteo Waterfront. 


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Roanoke Island Festival Park Fireworks in Manteo, NC

Manteo - Manteo Waterfront 

Sunday, July 4th, 2021 at 9:30 PM

Town of Manteo 4th of July Celebration: July 4th at 9:30 pm -  Budleigh Street, Manteo, NC 27954

The Town of Manteo will host an incredible display of fireworks over the water on 4th of July that will make any Independence Day celebration truly memorable. Launched over the Roanoke Sound and Shallowbag Bay, visitors can find a spot along the downtown docks or a seat at the famed Roanoke Island Festival Park to catch an incredible show with a stunning backdrop.

The annual fireworks display is provided by the Town of Manteo, and the event is free and open to the public. Parking is available throughout the town on a first-come, first-serve basis, and handicapped spaces are available as well - (until filled, and proper permit is required.) The public is welcome to bring chairs, blankets, and tarps to find a seat at Roanoke Island Festival Park, and in the hours leading up to the display, are invited to explore the heart of Manteo, which will be decked out for the festivities. 

Music will be provided during the afternoon by famed local bands including The Crowd and Echoes of Heritage, and the 208th Army Band will play patriotic songs in the evening at the outdoor pavilion at Roanoke Island Festival Park. The rain date is July 5th, and events that correspond with the 4th of July festivities are subject to change. 

For more information call the Town of Manteo at 252-473-2133 or visit

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Sunday, July 4th, 2021 begins at 9:15 pm

Visitors can keep the Independence Day celebration going strong with this special fireworks display in the heart of the central Outer Banks that’s sponsored by the Town of Kill Devil Hills, and which is held at the scenic Avalon Pier.

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Sunday, July 4th, 2021 9:25 PM - 10:00 PM

The Town of Nags Head will host The Annual Independence Day Fireworks Spectacular on July 4th at 9:25 pm - 10:00 pm 

Nags Head Fishing Pier located at Mile Post 11.5 on NC Route 12, S. Virginia Dare Trail in Nags Head

Head to the heart of Nags head for this special 4th of July fireworks display over the Atlantic Ocean that will leave all beach-goers breathless. The Town Of Nags Head Fireworks Spectacular will be held on the evening of Independence Day, and is sure to be a show-stopping aspect of any Outer Banks vacation.

The fireworks will be launched off of the ocean pier at milepost 11.5 on S. Virginia Dare Trail, and visitors all along the local town beaches will be able to have fine views of the stunning display over the ocean waves. Parking at or near the fireworks display site will be directed by the local Nags Head police department, and folks who want to drive to the show are encouraged to park west of the Beach Bypass in order to avoid crossing the major highway. Visitors are welcome to bring along chairs, beach towels, and other beach chairs to the shoreline, but are advised to stay off the dunes and to respect private property – like rental homes and privately owned gazebos – that may be adjacent to the beach. With a gorgeous display that starts at 9:25 p.m., this Atlantic Ocean show is sure to wow patriotic OBX visitors of all ages. A rain date has been set for Wednesday, July 5. 

Those attending the show are encouraged to park west of U.S. Highway 158/S. Croatan Highway. Those choosing to park west of U.S. Highway 158/S. Croatan Highway should use extreme caution while attempting to cross this heavily traveled roadway. 

The following public beach accesses are recommended for access to the beach for fireworks viewing:

South of Nags Head Pier

  • Curlew Street
  • Hollowell Street
  • Conch Street

North of Nags Head Pier

  • Bladen Street
  • Bittern Street
  • Bonnett Street
  • Barnes Street
  • Blackman Street

Jockey’s Ridge State Park is another ideal spot for viewing the fireworks. Other local fireworks may be seen but distantly. The park will be open late July 4th to accommodate visitors. Please call the park at 252-441-7132 for more information. 

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July 5th, 2021

Independence Day Celebration
Historic Corolla Park
Monday, July 5th
5pm – 9pm (or whenever the fireworks are over)

Fireworks Show will begin shortly after sundown.   Sunset – 8:25pm Festivities start at Noon at Historic Corolla Park sponsored by Currituck Travel and Tourism

Event location: Historic Corolla Park, 1100 Club Road, Corolla

FIREWORKS DISPLAY IN COROLLA –  Celebrate the birth of America with live music, a wealth of summertime foods and games, and an incredible fireworks display over the Currituck Sound at the Annual Festival of Fireworks. This special event is held at the Historic Corolla Park next to the iconic Whalehead Club and is a combination of fun, sun, and plenty of patriotism that family members of all ages will adore.

The event will feature an array of food vendors from the region, a watermelon eating contest, a cornhole tournament, and children’s games, in addition, to live music throughout the afternoon and evening. (The fun kicks off at around noon, while the live music will start playing in the early evening.) When the sun goes down, the fireworks display will start over the waters of the Currituck Sound, and visitors are welcome to spread out a blanket or relax in a beach chair to catch the incredible show. The event is free and open to the public and is sponsored by the Currituck Outer Banks Travel & Tourism Association. Serving as a great way to get into the 4th of July spirit, this Festival of Fireworks will be an Independence Day celebration that has been going strong for over 25 years, and which visitors won’t soon forget.

Note: No alcohol or on-street parking permitted. Historic Corolla Park boat ramp is closed; no docking on July 3rd.
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Manteo - Roanoke Island Fireworks


North Carolina prohibits the possession of any pyrotechnics which launch or propels into the air, or which explode making a sound or "report." Sparklers, fountains and ground displays are allowed only with adult supervision and when exercising extreme caution and fire prevention. Fireworks are illegal in Dare County, including all towns and villages.

Parking at and near the fireworks display sites will be directed by police. All persons attending this event are reminded not to use or block private driveways. Vehicles blocking driveways or presenting a traffic hazard before, during, or immediately following this event will be towed. Please use the public beach accesses as pathways to the oceanfront. Please stay off the environmentally sensitive dune and do not use the private property of others, such as private gazebos or decks, to view the fireworks without the property owner’s permission. 

No vehicles, with the exception of authorized Town and emergency vehicles, will be allowed on the oceanfront beaches. 

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