Dover cancels Independence Day fireworks, parade

DOVER — The best laid plans of the city of Dover to stage an Independence Day celebration complete with fireworks were derailed today.

Mayor Robin Christiansen posted on the city’s Facebook page midmorning that the weather forecast of rain and thunderstorms this afternoon and evening has forced the cancellation of the fireworks.

He also confirmed the parade, scheduled to step off at 6 p.m., also is canceled, as are the evening concerts and children’s activities.

The National Weather Service’s forecast calls for showers today with thunderstorms possible after 5 p.m. Storms later tonight could produce heavy rain with amounts totaling possibly a quarter to half an inch.

“Our apologies for the cancellation however, the safety of all citizens and participants in all festivities are our number one concern,” he said on Facebook. “Please have a safe and Happy 4th of July!”

However, other activities around the capital complex are still a go.

The First State Heritage Park at Dover sites are open today, with tours and activities in Legislative Hall, the Visitor’s Center, the Old State House, the Johnson Victrola Museum and the John Bell House.

Delaware youth will perform a spoken word performance on the subject of Independence Day at 1 p.m. at the Old State House on the Green.

People can tour Legislative Hall, the Old State House and take walking tours (while the weather remains dry).

At Christ Episcopal Church, the Sons of the American Revolution will present “Creating the American Navy on the Delaware” at 11 a.m. and the old State House bell will be rung at 2 p.m.

The fireworks show have been rescheduled for Sept. 3, the Saturday of Labor Day weekend.

“The event committee will work to restore other activities as well,” city spokeswoman Kay Sass said in a statement. A full schedule will be announced in August.

To see a schedule of today’s events, visit the city’s website.

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