Town of Duck Announces Grand Marshal for 9th Annual Fourth of July Parade

Duck, NC – The Town of Duck is pleased to announce the Honorable Neil Morrison as Grand Marshal for this year’s Fourth of July Parade, which takes place on Thursday, July 4, 2013 at 9:00 a.m.  Morrison’s important and active role in shaping the Town of Duck and his commitment to the betterment of our community were some of the reasons for the community bestowing the honor of Grand Marshal on Morrison for this year’s event.

Morrison is a graduate of Virginia Tech where he majored in Biology and was elected president of his student body.  He served honorably in the United States Army serving two years as a Lieutenant and also served four years as a special agent in the Office of Naval Intelligence.  Morrison first visited the Outer Banks when he was ten years old on a summer vacation with his grandparents.  He continued these enjoyable visits throughout his life, but it was not until 1998 that he and his wife Lee visited Duck for a stay at the Sanderling Inn as a present from the investment company from which he had recently retired.  The Morrisons fell in love with Duck and the retirement gift opened a new chapter in their lives as they later purchased a home here to become full-time residents in 2000. 

The Morrison’s quickly became active members of the growing community of Duck.  Mr. Morrison served on the first Planning Board, and was elected to the Town Council to serve a one year term in December 2002 and re-elected to the Town Council in November 2003 to serve a two year term, later serving as Mayor from December 2005 through December 2009, and as a Council Member from December 2010 through November 2011.  In addition to service to the Town of Duck, Morrison served the community a member of the Duck United Methodist Church and as Chairman of the Outer Banks Tourism Board in 2006. 

Morrison says he was a strong supporter of the incorporation of the Town of Duck.  He was determined to see it through and was proud of his work, along with other dedicated community volunteers to incorporate the Town, hire a Town Manager, build the Police Department from scratch and to obtain and develop the Municipal Property and home of the Town Hall, park, entertainment and boardwalk facilities.  At the end of his term in 2011, he felt that he had done everything he could do and chose not to seek re-election.   

Morrison said he is honored to be asked to serve as Grand Marshal and looking forward to being in this year’s parade, joined by his wife Lee.  He said that the parade in Duck is a thrilling event because of the families and patriotism expressed by the crowds which grow annually.  The 4th of July was always a special holiday for his family growing up, and he looks forward to serving as Grand Marshal for the parade in the community that he helped grow and shape.

This year’s Fourth of July Parade will take place on Thursday, July 4, at 9:00 a.m.  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.  Be aware 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 Plover, Scarborough Lane and Christopher Drive Please note that NO part of the parade will be on Duck Road (NC 12) and NC 12 will remain open.  If you are attending the parade, please arrive early and make your way as far down Scarborough Lane and Christopher Drive towards the ocean and Ocean Way for the best viewing.

Plan to attend the community celebration held immediately following the parade at the Duck Town Park, 1200 Duck Road.  The celebration will feature music by Ruth Wyand & Friends, refreshments, and the awarding of parade trophies.

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