The Perfect Fourth of July in Delaware

What better place to celebrate the Fourth of July than the First State?! In Delaware, you’ll find old-school Independence Day events and modern festivals in abundance. It could be argued that Delaware has the best celebrations of our nation’s independence. Find out for yourself and check out one of these celebrations for the Perfect Fourth of July in the state!

1. Dover 4th of July Celebration, Dover, DE

If you haven’t been to the Delaware state capital’s Fourth of July celebration you are truly missing out. The events start at 9 a.m. on July 4 and go all the way up to fireworks at dusk. From a Historic Dover Scavenger Hunt, a feature film at the Old State House featuring Caesar Rodney’s historic independence ride, historical tours, the National Bell Ringing Ceremony in the afternoon, food and craft vendors, free children’s activities, Old Fashioned 4th of July Parade sponsored by the American Legion Fox Post #2, dance bands, and a patriotic concert led by the 287th Army Band of the Delaware National Guard leading up to the massive firework display, you are sure to find more to do than you have time for! This event is sponsored in part by the Delaware State News, the Dover Post, Byler’s, Bayhealth, and numerous other benefactors. 

2. July Bigg Kids Activity, Dover, DE

Before the Fourth of July celebration, you and your child(ren) can help begin the festivities! The Biggs Museum of American Art is free every first Saturday of the month for both admission and a staff-guided craft for children ages 4-10. On July 4 from 9 a.m. until dusk, the Biggs Museum will be free as a part of the downtown Dover festivities. Also with the free entry there will be a Biggs Kids arts and crafts show. Bring your little ones and encourage them to get creative on this exciting day!

3. Smyrna/Clayton July 4th Celebration, Smyrna, DE

This the day the towns of Smyrna and Clayton have been waiting for all year long! This non-profit organization works hard 365 days a year to bring a spectacular firework celebration display to Kent County, Delaware. This year’s festivities include the annual parade, baby contest, beard contest, dog contest, and fireworks. Live music, martial arts demos, dunk tanks—this festival has it all. The parade is a shining star in Kent County, and the fireworks can’t be beat in the county!

4. 4th of July Fireworks Cruise, Wilmington, DE

Celebrate the Fourth of July on the Riverboat Queen BBQ Cruise! Set sail at 7 p.m. and enjoy a delicious barbecue dinner with your family including grilled barbecue chicken breasts, angus hamburgers, veggie burgers, slow smoked baby back ribs, sides, desserts and a cash bar. Sail the Christina River and enjoy the Wilmington city skyline at sunset as you await the fantastic city of Wilmington’s fireworks display after dusk. Cost is $45 for adults, children ages four and up are $22.50. Sponsored by the Riverboat Queen, a restored paddlewheeler skipper liner riverboat tour.

5. Millsboro Stars & Stripes/Fireworks, Millsboro, DE

Starting at 6 p.m. on June 30, Millsboro is serving up vendors, food, and music with live music in the hours before the firework celebration at Cupola Park with the Brothers Pyro. Come and join the Millsboro Independence Day celebration as they kick off the fireworks at dusk.  

6. Independence Day Fireworks in Rehoboth Beach, Rehoboth Beach, DE

The city of Rehoboth knows how to throw a party! Join them at the bandstand before and after the fireworks for live music and dancing. On July 1 at approximately 9:15 (depending on weather) enjoy a spectacular firework display launched directly from the beach.  Transportation can be a challenge so make sure to check the city of Rehoboth’s website for more information on parking and transportation tips.

7. Bethany Beach Annual Independence Day Celebration, Bethany Beach, DE

Starting at noon on July 4, Bethany Beach will be kicking off its Fourth of July celebration with their annual parade at the intersection of Pennsylvania Avenue and Garfield Parkway. Parade bands include: 287th National Guard Army Band, Downtown Dixieland Band, Tidewater Brass, Back Bay Strummers, and so many more. Enjoy the parade and all of its extravagant floats Love Seed Mama Jump will be playing at 7:30 p.m., up until the fireworks celebration.

8. Old Fashioned 4th of July, Lewes, DE

The city of Lewes enjoys hosting an old-fashioned Fourth of July celebration each year including historical games for children, the Lewes Independence Day Boat Parade sponsored by the Lewes Chamber of Commerce and the Overfalls Foundation, the Doo-Dah Parade around 5 p.m. and more. For a more historical and relaxed Independence Day celebration, head to Lewes, Delaware.

9. Laurel Independence Day Celebration, Laurel, DE

This event has many events attached to its name. A car show, petting zoo, face painting, Little Miss Pageant, cornhole tournament, and more will be going on in the afternoon, events officially starting at 4 p.m. in Market Square Park. Plenty of delicious food vendors as well as eccentric craft vendors will be set up for everyone to enjoy. There is truly something for everyone here! The band  King’s Ransom will be performing at 3 p.m., you won’t want to miss this local favorite! 

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