Area cities, towns gearing up for Independence Day

The Citizens Hose Fire Company, led by the band, marches in last year’s Smyrna-Clayton Fourth of July parade. (Delaware State News file photo)

Other area events to celebrate the Fourth of July:


Community celebration from 6 to 10 p.m. at Cupola Park.

Food vendors will be on hand and DJ Sky Brady will be entertaining. Fireworks show at 9 p.m.

Rehoboth Beach

A fireworks display by Zambelli Fireworks at approximately 9:15 p.m., launched from the beach south of Rehoboth Avenue and visible up and down the boardwalk and beach.

Depending on the weather, the fireworks may be launched any time after 8 p.m.

The Funsters will perform from 8 to 9:15 p.m. before the fireworks and then again until 11 p.m. following the fireworks.

Bethany Beach

Parade begins at noon at the intersection of Pennsylvania Avenue and Garfield Parkway.

“Art Thou Smarter than a Fifth Grader in Ben Franklin Trivia” at 2:30 on the bandstand.

Love Seed Mama Jump concert on the bandstand at 7:30 p.m. Fireworks at dusk.

Dewey Beach

Fireworks at Northbeach Restaurant, McKinley Street on the Bay, 9 p.m.


Prayer Breakfast at Abbott’s on Broadcreek at 8 p.m.

Chain Break will performs on Market Square Park Bandstand at 5 p.m.; Little Miss Independence Pageant at 6 p.m.; “Let Freedom Ring” Parade at 7 p.m.; Chain Break continues to perform at 8 p.m.

Fireworks around 9:25 p.m.


Old-fashioned games for children on Second Street beginning at 9 am.

Following the games, the Lewes Independence Day Boat Parade will wind its way down the Lewes-Rehoboth canal from the Roosevelt Inlet to Fisherman’s Wharf .

The parade entrants will leave from Roosevelt Inlet across from the Coast Guard Station at 1:30 p.m. and reach the judges’ reviewing stand at Fisherman’s Wharf at approximately 2. At the conclusion of the parade, all boat entrants are invited to attend the Awards Ceremony on the deck of the Lightship Overfalls at 3:30 pm.

Later in the afternoon, the Doo-Dah Parade will begin around 5 on its regular route toward town on Kings Highway, Savannah Road and then onto Second Street.


A family-friendly patriotic celebration in Milton Memorial Park from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

A highlight of the festivities is the bike decorating contest and bike parade at 11 a.m. Grand prizes of two bikes will be awarded to the winners – one each to the best boy and girl entries.

Other festivities include a dunk tank, a cake walk and free games and activities for children. Children will enjoy train rides, relay and sack races and a variety of competitions including the popular “Chess Tent” where children can develop their chess skills and play matches.

The “Milton’s Best” Pie Baking Contest has three competitive categories – professional, amateur, and children 12 and under.

Musical entertainment at the gazebo will feature Walt Hetfield known for his Buddy Holly Tribute. His group will perform “Oh Boy!” A Tribute to America.

Food vendors will also be on hand.


Parade will start at 9:30 a.m., at St. Polycarp Church on South Street.

Fireworks will be held at dusk on Duck Creek Parkway, Smyrna, with parking available at Smyrna High and Smyrna Middle schools.

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