Celebrating 50 years of Kitty Hawk Kites at Jennette’s Pier – OBX Today

Celebrating 50 years of Kitty Hawk Kites at Jennette's Pier - OBX Today
Kitty Hawk Kites pictured in 1974. (Courtesy Kitty Hawk Kites/Facebook)

Kitty Hawk Kites is set to celebrate their fifty-year milestone Thursday, May 16, 2024, at 5 p.m. This special evening will kick off with a community mixer at Jennette’s Pier, offering a chance for locals and visitors alike to mingle and revel in the festive atmosphere. The event is free and open to the public, ensuring everyone can join in the fun.

The celebration will feature light refreshments and entertainment, followed by an inspiring talk from our guest speaker, John Jacobs, the founder of Life is Good. His message of optimism and community fits perfectly with the spirit of Kitty Hawk Kites.

Founded in 1974 by John Harris, Kitty Hawk Kites started as a small hang gliding school and has grown into a renowned retail and outdoor recreation company. With over 28 store locations and more than 25 unique adventures offered along the East Coast, Kitty Hawk Kites has been committed to its core values of fun, quality, safety, and exceptional customer service. This event is not only a reflection of our past achievements but also a launch into future endeavors.

Throughout the year, we are hosting a series of events to commemorate this golden anniversary. These include:

  • KHK Annual Hang Gliding Spectacular (May 16-19)
  • Rogallo Kite Festival (June 14-15)
  • Wright Memorial Kite Festival (July 19-20)
  • Outer Banks Kite Festival (September 13-14)
  • Kites with Lights (November 30)

In addition to these events, we will be releasing special 50th anniversary merchandise and sharing archival photos and stories across our online channels.

For more information on our 50th-anniversary celebrations and to learn more about Kitty Hawk Kites, please visit our anniversary page at www.kittyhawk.com/50years.