Outer Banks Fireworks 2015


It is almost America’s birthday, and you know what that means….. FIREWORKS!  There’s no better place to enjoy the sights and sounds of 4th of July pyrotechnic masterpieces than on the beaches of the Outer Banks.  Take a look at the list below of the July 4th fireworks celebrations on the Outer Banks from north to south:


Colorful fireworks of various colors in the evening sky, fireworks on the beach

Corolla Fireworks 2015



The 23rd Annual Festival of Fireworks – July 4th Celebration will take place on the Currituck Heritage Park lawn (where the Whalehead Club is). Arrive early and bring the whole family to enjoy all of the fun activities, music and entertainment. Local food vendors will also be on site.  Find a place for your blanket or chair and settle in for a fun Currituck Outer Banks evening and the best fireworks show on the Outer Banks! The boat ramp will be closed on this day.  This event will be held on the grounds of Currituck Heritage Park located at 1100 Club Road, Corolla, NC. Also note no alcohol is allowed on the park grounds. For more information please visit The Currituck County Tourism website.

Duck 4th of July Parade 2015



The Fourth of July Parade in Duck, NC is a traditional favorite and an event not to miss!  It’s been acclaimed as one of the best small town celebrations in the country and I can see why!

Photo taken by Terry Moore for Southern Shores Realty.

The route follows Scarborough Lane towards the ocean, turns left onto Ocean Way, and then heads down Christopher Drive ending back at Duck Road (NC 12). If you are attending the parade next year, please arrive early so you can get a good spot on the parade route. Remember, no part of the parade is on Duck Road (Highway 12), and parking in Town is at a premium, so please plan to walk or ride your bicycle and be in Town well in advance of the parade start time of 9:00 a.m. For more information check out our Duck Parade photos and The Town of Duck’s website.  Immediately following the parade will be a concert held at the Town Green, featuring music from Just Playn’ Dixieland and refreshments!

Kill Devil Hills Fireworks 2015



Held Saturday July 4, 2015 on the Avalon Pier, these Independence Day fireworks were once absent in Kill Devil Hills.  In 2009, there was a terrible fireworks accident that occurred on Ocracoke Island which prompted statewide regulation changes and a hault to some of the most popular firework shows on the Outer Banks.

The show is now back on and is a great addition to the 4th of July on the Outer Banks.  It also relieves congestion for some of the other displays.  This show is also being put on by the world-renowned pyrotechnic masters of  Zambelli Fireworks (a New Castle, PA company – shout out!).  The Kill Devil Hills fireworks are a great option for anyone staying in the KDH or Kitty Hawk areas.  You can hop right onto the beach and get a great view of the show.

Manteo / Roanoke Island Fireworks 2015



The July 4th Celebration with music and fireworks in Manteo, NC is a traditional favorite for visitors and locals alike.  It’s a fun celebration and you can see the fireworks from across the sound if you can’t attend.

Held at the park’s pavilion in Manteo, the celebration is free and open to the public. Gates open to the public at 6 p.m. and parking is available at the park until it is full, then feel free to park downtown.  Handicap parkers are encouraged to use the park’s lot.

The night starts off at 8pm with a concert from over 40 airman-musicians performing orchestral pieces and patriotic songs.  The fireworks themselves are due to set the sky ablaze at 9:30pm (at dark).  Due to the large crowds for this event and the loudness of the fireworks, pets are discouraged.  Please note that once the fireworks begin, the pavilion gates will be closed to create a safety zone, until the fireworks are complete.  During this time, for your safety, no one will be allowed to enter or exit the Pavilion. For more information check out the Roanoke Island Festival Park website and Town of Manteo’s website for more community events like this!

Nags Head Fireworks 2015



A crowd favorite in Nags Head!  The sky will light up starting at 9:25 pm at the Nags Head Fishing Pier at Milepost 11.  The show is being put on by Zambelli Fireworks (like the KDH fireworks) and is a personal favorite of mine.  This show is great as there are several awesome vantage points including: both north and south of the pier, Curlew Street, Bladen Street, Hollowell Street, Bittern Street, Conch Street, Bonnett Street, Blackman Street and Barnes Street.  A Local tradition for the best seat in the house is Jockey’s Ridge State Park, where the enormous sand dunes and open sky make for an unforgettable viewing experience!  Visit NagsHeadNC.gov for more info!

Avon Fireworks 2015



If your holiday plans have you traveling to Hatteras Island there will be a fireworks display this year again at the Avon Fishing Pier! The show starts at dusk (right around 9:15pm) and is going to be a great one!  The Avon Fishing Pier Fireworks are a fantastic show to watch from the beach and the only fireworks taking place on Hatteras Island this year.

No matter what fireworks display you end up at on the Outer Banks, don’t forget the reason for the celebration.  This year, 2015, marks the 239th birthday of the United States of America.  It was a monumental undertaking that lead to such a grand annual celebration and it certainly merits a moment or two of reflection to consider the gravity of the day.  Enjoy your 4th of July with friends, family, or whoever may be with you.  Southern Shores Realty offers over 600 beach homes and some may still have availability for July 4th OBX Vacations!

Thanks for reading and getting the scoop on the OBX fireworks shows this year.  Pass it on to a friend using the sharing buttons at the top and bottom of this article or drop us a comment below and let us know what show you’ll be at.  See you at the fireworks!

Colorful fireworks of various colors in the evening sky, fireworks on the beach


5 Bridges MUCH SCARIER to Drive Than The OBX Bonner Bridge


Over the past few months, posts have been circulating the interwebs about the “most scenic” as well as “most terrifying” bridges to drive in the United States.  One of which, the Herbert C. Bonner Bridge (a.k.a. Oregon Inlet Bridge), was posted in a scenic article and I was shocked to see all the people commenting that they were scared speechless driving over the beautiful, landscape-sweeping structure.  I personally find it one of the most picturesque bits of driving in the country, so I was determined to start a “shock and awe” campaign to enlighten the good people of Earth (namely those that follow our OBX blog) about truly terrifying feats of human engineering that put any fear you may have, into large, enormous perspective.


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The Local Makers of Kill Devil Rum



Let us take you back in time to the early 1700s, a time when pirates sailed the open seas.  One popular pirate, named Blackbeard, terrorized many ships on the Atlantic Ocean.   Most of the ships he stole from carried grain, molasses, and kegs of rum.   Blackbeard loved his favorite hideaway on Ocracoke Island on the Outer Banks.  This is where he had his get-togethers of bonfires and plenty of rum drinking.  With much rant, the poor locals were fed up with Blackbeard’s plundering so they sought help from Governor Spotswood of Virginia.  The governor sent Lieutenant Robert Maynard to Ocracoke to hunt Blackbeard down.  He was successful at capturing and killing Blackbeard, and Blackbeard’s life came to an end by a beheading.  It was hung on the bow of Lieutenant Maynard’s ship as they set sail back home.



Blackbeard had a huge influence on this land!  Thanks to him, there is no shortage of pirate merchandise in retail shops on the Outer Banks.  OBX Distilling was one business that fed off the idea of pirates and rum.  Back in the pirate days rum was called Kill Devil in Barbados.  The rum was so strong that it would “kill the devil inside you”.   Four local guys: Adam Ball, Kelly Bray, Matt Newsome, and Scott Smith had the idea of brewing their own product called Kill Devil Rum.   They all had experience either working in a brewery or bar tending.   With much research on a location they finally decided on a historic brick building in downtown Manteo on Budleigh Street.  Each member had major parts in the renovation of the building, installing the equipment, searching for the finest ingredients, and making the rum.



Outer Banks Distilling offers tours for guests 21 years and older for a small fee of $5.00.  At the end of the tour you get to enjoy a sample tasting of their rum and a locally-made rum ball, made with the very same rum.  As of now they have clear rum but in the near future they plan on making other types.  You can buy Kill Devil Rum in the local ABC Stores from Corolla to Buxton and even Grandy.   If you need a quick fix then you can also try the rum in many of the restaurants here.  The next shipment of Kill Devil Rum should hit the ABC shelves right after Memorial Day.  Here is a sneak peak video of OBX Distilling!  If you want to check out the distillery and meet the owners for a tour then check out their website www.outerbanksdistilling.com for details.

Outer Banks Beach Report | May 13, 2015

What a beautiful week we’ve been having on the Outer Banks…. the sun’s been out, only scattered rain, and plenty of warm days to kick back at the beach!  Today’s shoot is at the Kitty Hawk Pier, just a stone’s throw away from the Southern Shores Realty office.

The weather forecast is looking fantastic and the fish are biting.  What more could you ask for?  The surf to pick up, perhaps?  Well, Crystal breaks that down as well.  Thanks for stopping by and don’t forget to share with your friends!  If you are in need for a good OBX vacation fix, start searching our wide selection of homes that you can book online or right over the phone @ (800)-334-1000.   See you all next time!

June 2015 OBX Events & Activities


June is one of my FAVORITE months on the Outer Banks!  The summer state of mind is in full swing and there are many events and activities going on up and down the beach.  The “don’t miss” event of the month is definitely Dare Day, taking place on Saturday, June 6 in downtown Manteo.  There are dozens of vendors, dozens of photo-ops, and a really great time for all ages.  Check out our list for everything else fun taking place in June on the Outer Banks!

first-friday-roanoke-islandFirst Fridays in Manteo

April – December l Manteo Waterfront l Manteo, NC
Manteo truly comes alive every first Friday of the month from April to December!  Stores are open late, restaurants beckon you with exciting food, and there’s a bevy of activity taking place outside including various small concerts, farmers markets, and crafter/artisan displays.

the-lost-colony-obxThe Lost Colony

May 29 – Aug. 22 l Waterside Theatre Manteo, NC
There’s a lot more to the Outer Banks than just beautiful beaches.  Bring the whole family out to the longest-running outdoor drama in America: The Lost Colony!  A true story about the Roanoke Colony and their mysterious disappearance.  A must-see for any visitor!

faire-daysFaire Days Festival

June 3 – Aug. 26 l Scarborough Faire l Duck, NC
When shopping at Scarborough Faire in Duck, NC this year, make sure to bring the kids with you!  On Wednesdays this summer, Faire Days are full of music performances, face painting, crafts, games, prizes, and more!

national-running-dayNational Running Day 5K

June 3 l The Marketplace l Southern Shores, NC
Sponsored by the Town of Southern Shores, join-in with runners from around the country on this annual celebration!  This 5K is taking place at the Marketplace shopping plaza, has a field of 250, and registration is $12.  More information can be found on the event website.

windmill-point-art-fairWindmill Point Art Fair

June 4 l Outer Banks Event Site | Nags Head, NC
Get some fresh air, walk about at the new Outer Banks Event Site, and enjoy shopping the wares of local artisans!  This is the 3rd annual event and takes place the first Thursday of June, July, and August.  Over 40 artists and crafters will be present from all over the region.  The fair is open from 10am to 6pm.

movies-on-the-soundMovies on the Sound

June 5, 12, 17, & 26 l Location Varies
Enjoy great company, the great outdoors, and a great flick to benefit the Outer Banks Children at Play Museum.  Movies at the Duck Town Green: June 5 – Frozen, June 12 – Back to the Future 2, and June 19 – Despicable Me 2.  Movies at the C.O.A. Ballfield in Manteo: June 26 – The Lego Movie.  Click here for a summer-long list of showings.

dare-day-festivalDare Day Festival

June 6 l Waterfront Manteo l Manteo, NC
As mentioned above, this is the “can’t miss” event of June.  Originating in 1976 (as a 2-day festival) Dare Day has been one of the biggest events on the Outer Banks all year long.  Over 100 vendors varying from food, arts, crafts, music, and more! There is a large area specifically for kids’ activities and games as well.  Bring the whole family and the camera.  Starts at 10am!

kitty-hawk-kites-obx-fun_1Rogallo Kite Festival

June 5 – 7 l Jockey’s Ridge l Nags Head, NC
A free annual event celebrating Francis Rogallo and his invention of the flexible wing.  Thanks to his wit and drive the sport of hang gliding was created and transitioned into the many types of kites flown today.  Join in on the fun to see larger-than-life kites flying on the dunes and even learn how to build your own kites!

storm-the-beach-obx-2015-logoStorm The Beach

June 14 l Jennette’s Pier l Nags Head, NC
Run, Crawl, Jump, Carry, Endure!  Storm the beach is one of the most demanding races on the Outer Banks.  Forget the pavement as you stomp, crawl, and battle your way through the merciless course of beach.  Your medal from here will be one to proudly display!

free-outer-banks-yoga-town-of-duck_1Free Yoga in Duck

June 16 – Sep. 8 l Town Green Duck, NC
Like Yoga?  Like free things?  Get on out to the town green every Tuesday morning at 7:30 from June 16 through September 8 for a free class!  Participants are asked to bring their own mat/towel and water.

duck-childrens-interactive-theater-obxChildren’s Interactive Theater

June 23 – Aug. 11 l Town Green Duck, NC
Here’s another great activity in the town of Duck, NC… educational and fun theater shows for the kids every Tuesday morning at 9:45am.  Presented by The NC Aquarium on Roanoke Island, The Lost Colony, and Roanoke Island Festival Park, these shows are designed to get everyone involved as you’re entertained and educated on various topics.  This is another free event and seating is limited so make sure to get there on time!  Duck, NC also offers morning storytelling every Thursday From July 9 – Aug. 13 at 10am on the amphitheater stage.

OBX Beach Report – May 5, 2015

It’s a warm, sunny Cinco de Mayo and we’re reporting from the Lillian Street beach access in Kitty Hawk, NC.  Last week’s Nor’ Easter blew surf up and took out a small patch of the beach road just south of our shoot, but NCDOT will have it up and running in no time!

The tourism season is starting up, and for good reason!  The waves are pumping, the sun is shining, and the fish are biting!  Last weekend was full of activities both surf wise and on the fishing side.  Local piers are reporting runs of Bluefish and plenty of Sea Mullet.  The surf is still in the upper 50’s but there should be a little choppy swell by week’s end.

Mid-Currituck Bridge Finally Dies, High Speed Hovercrafts on the Way

outer-banks-hovercraft-ferry-april-fools-jokeIt is a very exciting time for Outer Banks visitors and residents alike.  Yesterday, Tom Jenkins, a spokesperson for the North Carolina Department of Coastal Transportation (NCDOCT) announced a decision has finally been made regarding the much needed alternate route to the northern Outer Banks.  Beginning June 6, 2015, the very first high-speed car-carrying hovercraft ferry service will begin for the Outer Banks.

The decision comes after years of debate and speculation over a potential 7 mile bridge connecting mainland and coastal Currituck county.  Jenkins mentioned several key elements helped the board arrive at their decision.  “The main concern was cost.”  He stated.  “We were able to negotiate a rate with the craft manufacturer so that we could build a fleet sized to meet 150% of the anticipated demand for 75% of the proposed bridge budget…  this will allow us spare units for emergency runs and overflow while keeping the toll rates lower.”

hovercraft-mapJenkins also cites that compared to traditional ferries, hovercrafts are a bullet-proof solution for the shallow waters and shifting sandbars in the Currituck Sound.  “Since hovercrafts do not displace water, channel depths are a non-issue.  Our high-speed ferries can stay on a fuel and time efficient route without worrying about getting stuck when running aground.”

How much time will the new hovercrafts cut?  The hovercrafts are powered by twin turbo-prop engines that promise a 12 minute voyage after all vehicles have boarded.  Disembarkation will be equally as expedited.  Plans include a three acre, paved landing zone where vehicles will be offloaded immediately after the hovercrafts come to a complete stop. The vessels will be able to hold a maximum of 35 passenger cars and will include an air conditioned lounge/gift shop.  Toll prices are not yet released but are expected to be below $20 for a two axle vehicle.

Speeding up access to the northern Outer Banks is only one of the potential benefits of this new deal.  Pending public release of the state’s contract terms, the technology could be deemed affordable enough for other area businesses to take advantage of hover technology.  Those currently topping the list in interest are… golf courses.


According to a recent exit survey conducted by the Coastal Carolina Golf Federation, 74% of golfers surveyed in area courses indicated they’d prefer driving over water hazards if they could.  “Hovercarts” are not only green and fairway friendly, they would also provide excellent maneuverability over most bodies of water and are capable of speeds much higher than traditional carts.  This could increase rate-of-play by 30% and turn into more revenue per day for local courses.

Many more details are anticipated in the coming weeks.  Stay tuned to The Outer Banks Current as we’ll keep updating this story as soon as information is released.  For more information regarding the legitimacy, authenticity, and outright truthfulness of this story please read the next sentence.  This story is ninety nine percent satirical.  That remaining one percent is probably that the bridge is really being debated and that hovercrafts are really cool.  We congratulate all who have successfully read this article in it’s entirety.  Making it to the bottom of the page is rare these days and quick-fire social media comments are really the intention of all these posts you’ll read about today.  Heck, you deserve some sort of reward for even clicking on the story and reading it!  I know a place nearby that makes really good cookies but we’ll have to work something out as far as getting it to you.  Here’s one more boring sentence to fill in a paragraph 51% of people will not make it to.  Thanks for stopping by, please share with a friend!

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