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Best places to view the fireworks in Nags Head in 2019

Depending on where you are staying (hopefully with us at Surf Side Hotel) this Fourth of July, you have more than one choice to take in the pyrotechnical show in and around Nags Head, NC. The best thing to do is plan your day around the weather, what you’d like to do and proximity to getting home (or back to your room). Here are the 4 best places to view the fireworks in Nags Head in 2019:

Nags Head • July 4, 2019 at 9:25 pm
Ocean Pier Mile Post 11.5, NC Route 12, S. Virginia Dare Trail
About 7 minutes North of Surf Side Hotel

Catch the Annual Independence Day Fireworks Spectacular in Nags Head at the Ocean Pier located at Mile Post 11.5 on NC Route 12, S. Virginia Dare Trail in Nags Head.

Parking at and near the fireworks display site will be directed by the Nags Head Police Department. 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.

All persons attending this event are reminded not to use or block private driveways or you will be towed. Also the Town of Nags Head requests that persons 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.

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

South of Nags Head Pier: Curlew Street, Hollowell Street, or Conch Street

North of Nags Head Pier: Bladen Street, Bittern Street, Bonnett Street, Barnes Street, or Blackman Street

Jockey’s Ridge State Park is another ideal spot for viewing the fireworks. You can contact the park at 252-441-7132 for more information.

Rain date: July 5, 2019

Manteo • July 4, 2019 around 9:30 pm
Downtown Manteo Waterfront  • Manteo, NC 27954
About 13 minutes West of Surf Side Hotel

Make a day out of celebrating Independence Day in Manteo. Enjoy music, contests, and fireworks in downtown Manteo for the 4th of July. The fun starts at 3 pm on the Courthouse Stage with music featuring The Lost Colony Choir. Competitions start at 3:30 pm for the Wacky Hat Contest, the Decorated Bike Contest, and the Apple Pie Contest. At 4:15 pm, the Songs From The Road Band will be playing bluegrass and more, including songs from their new chart-topping album.

Then at 6:30 pm, the Boathouse Stage will have folk rock act DRIVIN N CRYIN playing music spanning their 30-year career. Fireworks over the water will be spectacular. They will start after dark around 9:30 pm.

Kill Devil Hills • July 4, 2019 at 8 pm
Avalon Pier, Milepost 6  • 2111 N. Virginia Dare Trail • Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948
About 20 minutes North of Surf Side Hotel

The Town of Kill Devil Hills happily welcomes Pyrotechnico, an award-winning fireworks company from New Castle, PA, to the local shoreline for an incredible show you won’t want to miss. The fireworks celebration will take place on the 4th of July with the fireworks show starting at 8:00 pm at the Avalon Fishing Pier located at Mile Post 6 on the beach road.

Bring your chair and opt for a spot on the surrounding beaches. They are ideal for enjoying the show. Along with your chair, bring a blanket, or beach towel. Note that parking may be limited, so arrive early! Town parking is free to the public, with multiple beach access points throughout the town, and walking-distance close to the oceanfront. Be mindful not to park in no parking zones or in front of private residence driveways.

Avon Fishing Pier • July 4, 2019
About 53 minutes South of Surf Side hotel

Avon and Hatteras Island’s annual Independence Day celebration, “Fireworks at the Beach” on the 4th of July, is sponsored by the Avon Property Owners Association and funded in part by the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau.  The fireworks display, permitted by and in cooperation with the National Park Service, will begin about 9:15 p.m. from a launch site at the end of the Avon Pier.  The show, presented by PYROTECNICO, lasts about 20 minutes.

This event is additionally made possible through donations from the Hatteras Island business community and its residents, property owners, and guests. Radio Hatteras will broadcast patriotic “Music for Fireworks” from 9 until 10 p.m. and “Red, White & Blue” music until Midnight at FM 101.5 and 99.9.  Tune in at 9 p.m. to hear Bob Barris talk a little about the origin of Fireworks and offer a brief history lesson about the celebration of Independence Day.  Then watch the sky light up to a very familiar Galactic tune, followed by a selection of patriotic music.  To stream Radio Hatteras live on your computer, go to

Rain date: July 5, 2019


PLEASE NOTE: The personal use of fireworks and sky lanterns in Nags Head is illegal.
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