July 4th Fireworks On The Outer Banks

Here are the latest updates regarding fireworks on the Outer Banks and what else is happening to celebrate the holiday on Independence Day, July 4th, 2020.


The Nags Head Board of Commissioners voted this week to cancel the town’s annual July 4th Independence Day fireworks display, adhering to social distancing guidelines due to the ongoing Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

The board voted 4-1 on Wednesday, May 6, to cancel the 2020 July 4th fireworks display, which traditionally is launched from Nags Head Fishing Pier. Mayor Ben Cahoon cast the one dissenting vote.

The $25,000 cost of the display would have been split between the town and a grant from the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau.

The official statement from the town says: “With a heavy heart, we have canceled our 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular for 2020 due to concerns for the health and safety of our participants, volunteers, and spectators. We look forward to planning an outstanding event for 2021, so mark your calendars!


The Manteo Board of Commissioners voted unanimously at their May 6 meeting to cancel this year’s July 4th fireworks display, again due to social distancing and financial concerns.


Duck has canceled their town-sponsored summer events through July 5, including the annual 4th of July parade and community celebration.


The annual Independence Day fireworks display at Avon Fishing Pier in the Village of Avon on Hatteras Island has been canceled.


Ocracoke Island has canceled their Fourth of July events and Independence Day fireworks display.


Corolla will hold their fireworks display at Historic Corolla Park, as scheduled, on Friday, July 3, 2020 Further details have yet to be announced, including what safety regulations will be in place for the event.


Kill Devil Hills has not yet made a decision regarding their Independence Day fireworks, traditionally launched from Avalon Fishing Pier.

[UPDATING as news comes in…]

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