June 21, 2017

Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands
Celebrate the Fourth of July with a Bang

Though scattered thunderstorms and showers made appearances throughout the long Independence Day weekend, the fireworks celebrations in Ocracoke and Avon went off as scheduled to the delight of local crowds.

The Avon Fireworks started at around 9:15 p.m. and were launched from the end of the Avon Pier. The show lasted roughly 20 minutes, and visitors headed to the area beaches for a front-row seat for the display over the ocean. The Avon fireworks show was orchestrated by the company PYROTECNICO, was sponsored by the Avon Property Owners Association, and was funded in part by the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau. This event was additionally made possible through donations from the Hatteras Island business community and its residents, property owners, and guests. Corporate sponsors for this event were Cape Hatteras Electric Cooperative, Outer Banks Ace Hardware, Koru Village, Outer Beaches Realty, Sun Realty, Surf or Sound Realty, Hatteras Realty, Greater Kinnakeet Shores Homeowners, Inc., and the Avon Fishing Pier.

Other sponsors include the Kinnakeet Shores Property Owners Assn., Rodanthe-Waves-Salvo Civic Assn., The Froggy Dog, Cape Pines Motel, Resort Realty, Conner's Supermarket, Hatteras Island Boardsports, Burger Burger, Askins Creek Store, Cape Hatteras Motel, Gidget's Pizza & Pasta, Turner's High Moon Bar, Dirty Dick's, and the Sarkisian Family, in memory of their son Timothy Sarkisian who loved fireworks.  APOA and the Avon Fireworks Committee sincerely thank all the contributors who make this celebration possible.

The Ocracoke Fireworks were launched on Monday, July 3, from the southern end of the island at the large NPS parking area. The show was made possible courtesy of collaborative efforts from the National Park Service, Ocracoke Volunteer Fire Department, Hyde County, Dare County and the NCDOT Ferry Division.

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