Whether you are in Duck, Corolla or Nagshead celebrating the 4th of July on the OBX is terrific. In Corolla the festivities center around the Whalehead Club and include family-style activities on the grounds culminating in fireworks once it is dark.
If you are in Duck, the celebration kicks of with a "hometown" type of parade with decorated bicycles, lifeguards on boats, families in golf carts, kids in wagons, decorated dogs and local businesses in vans. It snags what is already a traffic nightmare for a while in the morning, but if you are already staying in Duck it is a delight to witness. Be sure to go out to wear themed clothing and hats yourself..... part of the fun is watching the parade watchers!
We have never celebrated in Nagshead or Manteo, but we know for sure that fireworks are part of the festivities. From our location in Southern Shores we were able to see fireworks in BOTH directions this year. Sometimes the localities celebrate on different days, so be sure to check websites or local publications to find the fun.