The Perfect Fourth of July in Delaware ! By
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!
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 9:20 p.m. 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 at 4 p.m., 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, Kent County Association of Realtors, and numerous other benefactors.
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 1, children can help celebrate their patriotic side to help create a star-spangled baton to wave during the Fourth of July festivities! Sponsored by the Kent County Fund for the Arts, PNC Foundation, and Delaware Division of the Arts.
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, and fireworks. This year the organization hosted a Queen pageant, 4th of July Foundation essay contest, and many fundraisers. The parade is a shining star in Kent County, and the fireworks can’t be beat in the county!
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.
Starting at 6 p.m. on July 1, Millsboro is serving up vendors, food, and music with DJ Sky Brady spinning tunes 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 (around 9:15).
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. 9:15 p.m. on July 2 is the approximate time for folks to enjoy a spectacular firework display launched directly from the beach. Depending on the weather, fireworks can begin any time after 8 p.m. Transportation can be a challenge so make sure to check the city of Rehoboth’s website for more information on parking and transportation tips.
Starting at noon on July 4, Bethany Beach will be kicking off its Fourth of July celebration with their 34th annual parade at the intersection of Pennsylvania Avenue and Garfield Parkway. Parade bands include: 287th Army National Guard, Downtowners (Mummers) Fancy Brigade, Tidewater Brass, Downtown Dixieland Band and so many more. At 2:30 p.m., attendees can move to the bandstand where they can participate in “Art Thou Smarter Than a Fifth Grader in Ben Franklin Trivia,” presented by Ben Franklin himself! Love Seed Mama Jump will be playing at 7:30 p.m., up until the fireworks celebration.
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.
Starting early at 8 a.m. on July 4, join the town of Laurel in a prayer breakfast sponsored by the Laurel Ministerial Association at Abbott’s on Broadcreek. At 5 p.m., the Band Chain Break will be performing in the Market Square Bandstand followed by the Little Miss Independence Pageant. Afterwards, the “Let Freedom Ring,” themed parade will begin at 7 p.m. followed by fireworks and music. Plenty to see and do in the town of Laurel on the Fourth!
Depart from the Lewes terminal on a once in a lifetime excursion like no other! Join the Cape May-Lewes Ferry as it makes its way from Lewes to the lower township of Cape May and enjoy the fireworks while listening to crowd favorite band, the Glass Onion. Tickets sell fast so be sure to sign up soon! Food and drinks are available on board. $35 per person, $20 per child under the age of 12. Check in begins at 5 p.m. and the ferry sets sail at 7:15 p.m. Fireworks are at 9-9:15, and the boat returns to Lewes around 11 p.m.