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Outer Banks News and Nuggets – Summer Update

Summer is officially here and it shows. Weather is a bit warmer with evening thunderstorms and traffic has increased. Here’s a quick news update, a few local nuggets and a complete list of Independence Day Celebrations for Summer 2018.

Corolla Gets Paid Year-Round Firefighters and Paramedics – Beginning July 1, a new firefighting district tax will be established. This new district tax will provide Corolla with year-round paid firefighters and paramedics. To read about this decision and funding, visit news site Daily Advance.

Nags Head Moves Forward with First Re-Nourishment – Nags Head Board of Commissioners has moved forward with approval for financing of their first re-nourishment project. The 2019 re-nourishment project will be the first since their large-scale beach nourishment project in 2011. According to Outer Banks Voice the total cost of this project is $42.7 million with all to be financed by the Town and a portion ($16 million) to be reimbursed by FEMA due to sand loss caused by Hurricane Matthew in 2016. For more information on this project visit Outer Banks Voice.

Trampoline Park Opens in Manteo – Jumpmasters Trampoline Park held their grand opening on Saturday, June 23. This family-friendly attraction will feature a number of activities including an open jump, ninja warrior course, dodgeball, air bag, battle beam, toddler time and a 3-D climbing wall. This is an exciting addition for visitors and locals on rainy days or a new birthday party hotspot and more. Visit Jumpmasters Trampoline Park OBX for more information and tickets.

Speaking of traffic, Southern Shores tested their “no left turn” traffic solution last weekend with mixed reviews from all. A few friends on Dogwood Trail said they did not see a huge change, while other friends thought it was great. What did vacationers think? We can only wait to hear and watch travel message boards for any discussion. Is there a problem? Yes, there’s a huge safety issue. Is this the solution? We will know more once the results are released. For more information on this test visit Outer Banks Voice.

Change to Southern Shores Recycling Pick-up – Effective July 1, Recycle Pick-up will be on Wednesdays. (June recycling pick up remains on Mondays.) The first recycle service day in July will be July 4th (Holiday). For Southern Shores full trash pickup schedule visit the Town of Southern Shores.

Fourth of July Celebrations – A list of celebrations for the 4th from Corolla to Ocracoke. Have a safe and wonderful 4th!

  • Corolla – 26th Annual Independence Day Celebration on July 4 to be held at Historic Corolla Park. Sponsored by Currituck County Travel and Tourism, this free event begins at 3pm. Visit Currituck County Travel and Tourism for all the details.
  • Duck – 14th Annual 4th of July Parade and Celebration, this one-mile parade begins at the crest of the hill on Scarborough Lane and follows Scarborough Lane toward the ocean, turns left onto Ocean Way, and then heads down Christopher Drive ending at Pamela Court. No part of the parade takes place on Duck Road (NC 12). Visit the Town of Duck for more info.
  • Kill Devil Hills – To be held on July 4th, this event launches from oceanfront, Avalon Pier and was made possible by the Town of Kill Devil Hills and grants from Outer Banks Visitors Bureau. These fireworks are best viewed from the beach so make it a fun evening event for the entire family and bring your beach chairs. For more info visit the Town of Kill Devil Hills.
  • Nags Head – The Town of Nags Head will host, in conjunction with the Nags Head Fishing Pier and the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau, the annual Independence Day Fireworks Spectacular on Wednesday, July 4, 2018 at 9:25 p.m. on the oceanfront pier located at Mile Post 11.5 on NC Route 12, S. Virginia Dare Trail in Nags Head. For more info and beach accesses for best viewing visit the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau.
  • Manteo – Town of Manteo Fourth of July Celebration will be held on July 4th. Make a day of it in Downtown Manteo with festivities starting at 10:30am with music, parade, numerous contests and fireworks at dark. For a full schedule of activities with the Town of Manteo.
  • Avon – 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, funded in part by the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau.  The fireworks display will begin about 9:15 p.m. and launch from Avon Pier, with patriotic music streaming provided by Radio Hatteras. For a full list of sponsors and events visit Outer Banks Visitors Bureau.
  • Ocracoke – Ocracoke Island Independence Day Celebration begins Tuesday, July 3rd and fireworks are scheduled for 9:15pm that evening. Many other events are scheduled through July 5th with a fun and colorful GLOW show held July 4th. Visit the Ocracoke Civic and Business Association for all the details.



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