Celebrate July 4th, 2016 in Delaware

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If you’re spending your July 4th in Delaware – part of the original 13 colonies, the first state and the home of famous patriots like Caesar Rodney – then you have lots of options for places to celebrate America’s independence and watch fireworks.

Cape May Lewes Ferry Delaware
Watch fireworks over the Delaware Bay from the deck of the Cape May-Lewes Ferry. Board at 6:45 in Lewes, and head for Cape May. Purchase tickets in advance by June 26 for early bird pricing. Adults: $30, Kids (under 12): $15. NOTE: This event is on July 3rd. July 3rd, 2016, Fireworks begin around sundown.

Rehoboth
View the fireworks from the beach while you enjoy the Rehoboth Beach Main Street 2016 Fireworks Spectacular. There is live entertainment at the Bandstand before and after the display. NOTE: This event is on July 3rd. July 3rd, 2016, Fireworks begin around sundown.

Bethany Beach Fireworks
Watch the parade. Throw in the horseshoe-tossing contest. Listen to the Army National Guard Band of the Northeast. Then marvel at the fireworks on the beach. July 4th, 2016, Fireworks begin around sundown.

Dewey Beach
Fireworks light up the sky above the inland bays in Dewey Beach. Watch the display from any of the nightspots along the water. July 4th, 2016, Fireworks begin around sundown

Dover FireworksDover
Take in the history of Delaware’s capital city all day at the First State Heritage Park. Interpreters are reading the Declaration of Independence along with a ringing of the Old State House bell. Food and craft vendors and kids’ activities fill the Legislative Mall. A parade, band performances and a military flyover all lead up to the fireworks. July 4th, 2016, Fireworks begin around sundown

Hockessin
Enjoy a parade down Old Lancaster Pike and the 2nd annual “Great American Gut Buster Food Devouring Spectacle” – an eating contest hosted by 2Fat Guys American Grill. There are also neighborhood relays and fun runs during the day and, of course, fireworks at night. July 4th, 2016, Fireworks begin around sundown.

Laurel
Start with a prayer breakfast. Then take in the “Crusin’ thru Time” Parade, followed by events like a cornhole tournament, pie eating contest and more. Fireworks cap off the day. But there’s also a carnival that runs July 4-9. July 4th, 2016, Fireworks begin around sundown.

Lewes
Independence Day in Lewes is full of amazing parades. Watch the Boat Parade along the Lewes-Rehoboth Canal and the Doo-Dah Parade on Kings Highway/Savannah Road/Second Street. And old-fashioned games for kids begin on Second Street in the morning. NOTE: No fireworks.July 4th, 2016, Fireworks begin around sundown.

Middletown
Silver Lake Park opens at 6 PM with food and then fireworks. July 4th, 2016, Fireworks begin around sundown.

Newark
A full day of fun is happening at the University of Delaware Athletic Complex, including fine arts and crafts booth and games for kids. Live music starts at 6 PM followed by fireworks. July 4th, 2016, Fireworks begin around sundown.

Smyrna/Clayton
Delaware’s longest running 4th of July celebration has a parade in Clayton with a band from Germany. Fireworks are happening near Smyrna High School and Middle School. July 4th, 2016, Fireworks begin around sundown.

WilmingtonWilmington and Western Railroad
Delaware’s largest city is saluting America along its beautiful riverfront. The event is centered at the Tubman-Garrett Riverfront Park, but the fireworks will be visible from all over downtown.
July 4th, 2016, Fireworks begin around sundown.

Wilmington & Western Railroad “Fireworks Express”
Get onboard the Wilmington & Western Railroad as it rides into Hockessin for 4th of July fireworks. The excursion takes about four hours. Adults: $20, Seniors: $19, Kids: $16, Under 2: Free. July 4th, 2016, Fireworks begin around sundown.

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