Retired Deputy Fire Chief Bill Walker will serve as the Grand Marshal of the 15th Annual 4th of July Parade and Community Celebration in Duck.
After a 12-year career with the Duck Fire Department, Walker retired on June 1 of this year.
Walker’s firefighting career began at the age of 15 when he became a volunteer in Virginia, followed by firefighter and EMS training in both Virginia and North Carolina.
His move to the Outer Banks came in 1991, where he met his wife, Beth, while working together. Married for 25 years, they have three children—two sons and a daughter.
In 2007, Walker was a Captain with Nags Head Fire Rescue when he accepted the role of Deputy Chief at Duck Fire. No stranger to the organization, he knew many of the firefighters from teaching classes at the department beginning in 1997.
He continues his service career as a volunteer for the Roanoke Island Fire Department.
“I have enjoyed being part of a new and growing town and am honored to be asked to participate in the parade,” says Walker. “It’s been great to see projects such as the Town Hall building and the development of the park and boardwalk planned and completed. I can’t wait to see the completion of the pedestrian plan along Duck Road. This is one of the few places on the Outer Banks where you can park your car and walk or bike everywhere you want to go.”
The parade starts at 9 a.m. on Thursday, July 4. The one-mile route is the same annually and begins at the crest of the hill on Scarborough Lane. The route 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).
After the parade, a Dixieland band will play at the Duck Town Park. There will be watermelon provided by Green Acres Farm Market and the awarding of parade trophies.