Town of Duck Announces 12th Annual 4th of July Parade Grand Marshal

Duck, NC — We are pleased to announce that Mr. Sam Taylor will serve as Grand Marshal for the Town of Duck’s 12th Annual 4th of July Parade and Celebration.  Taylor served on the original incorporation committee for the Town of Duck and was a dedicated volunteer helping to work out initial finances, budgets and tax rates for the proposed incorporation.  He was a member of the search committee to hire the first Town Manager, Christopher Layton, and also served as a member and Chairman of the Board of Adjustments.  In addition to the important role Taylor played in the incorporation and beginning of the Town of Duck, He was active with the Duck Civic Association and served as a continuous representative on the Build the Bridge Committee.

Born and raised in Roanoke Virginia he worked his way through Roanoke College in Salem, Virginia, where he majored in English and minored in Science and Math.  Upon graduation, he attended the U.S. Coast Guard Officers Candidates School in New London, Connecticut, was stationed as a Lieutenant (JG) in Washington D.C. for a short period and served in the reserves for seven years.  Taylor moved back to Roanoke where he worked with the YMCA to create a summer camp prior to entering the Insurance Industry.  This career took he and wife Lydia to many parts of the country.  They started in Roanoke, then Richmond, Virginia, and later Maryland, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, and Indiana.   It was here that Taylor served as President of an Insurance Holding Company prior to beginning his own transaction and management consulting company, Salt Associates.

Taylor met his wife Lydia on a blind date their Junior year of high school.  Married in 1957, through the years they raised two sons and a daughter, and now enjoy five grandchildren.  Taylor first visited the Outer Banks when he was young, then later between high school and college.  While visiting Ed Taylor, Sam’s brother and Sanderling property owner, in 1978 he decided to buy a lot that day.  In 1987 they were able to build on that property and became official residents in 1998.

When asked about his role in incorporation, Taylor replied “Being part of the incorporation of Duck was a great opportunity to learn about civic law.  It was a tight group (who worked towards incorporation).  We made great friends during the process, and it was fascinating to be part of the creation of a bonafide town that is well governed and see what it has become; a high end resort town that’s also a community.  I am proud to represent all the people who helped with this accomplishment, including those who are gone, whether from a move, death, or the fact that they were ‘just visiting’.  This is the longest we’ve ever lived in any place, and we don’t want to go anywhere, we love this community.”

The Town of Duck 4th of July Parade will take place on Monday, July 4, at 9:00 a.m.  No part of the parade takes place on Duck Road (NC 12) which remains open to traffic.  The one-mile parade route begins at the crest of the hill on Scarborough Lane, travels east towards the ocean, turns left onto Ocean Way, and then continues onto Christopher Drive to end at Pamela Court.  Parade-goers are encouraged to arrive early and proceed down the parade route as far as possible toward the ocean to help public safety maintain open roadways along Duck Road.  Drivers are cautioned that there will be increased numbers of pedestrians along and crossing Duck Road (NC 12) and slow moving vehicles entering and exiting the parade route and staging areas at Scarborough Lane and Christopher Drive.  Fireworks are not allowed in Duck.

The Town of Duck invites the public to go to the Town Green immediately following the parade at the Duck Town Park, 1200 Duck Road.  The celebration will feature live music by Just Playn’ Dixieland, refreshments, and the awarding of parade trophies.  Learn more at; follow us at Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat at Town of Duck; on Twitter at DuckOBX; YouTube at DuckPR; call (252) 255-1286; or email  While in Duck, please use #DuckNC & #Duck4th on your social media pictures and posts!