It’s Independence Day! Plenty to do and see in the area

Fireworks will ring out over Legislative Mall in Dover about dusk tonight to celebrate the Fourth of July.
(Delaware State News file photo/Marc Clery)

The following are area events set for the Fourth of July:

Bethany Beach

Fireworks will be shot from the beach at Ocean View Parkway at dusk. The parade steps off at noon at the intersection of Pennsylvania Avenue and Garfield Parkway. There will be an awards ceremony on the bandstand. Love Seed Mama Jump will perform on the bandstand at 7:30 p.m.

Dewey Beach

Fireworks will be set off from a barge in the Rehoboth Bay.


The day will begin with the Capital Challenge. Visit the sites within First State Heritage Park to complete a special holiday scavenger hunt throughout the day and win a prize. The sites will be open throughout the day with various programs.

A national bell ringing ceremony will take place at The Old State House on The Green at 2 p.m.

Free children’s activities start on Legislative Mall at 5 p.m. with a program by the 287th Army Band of the ​Delaware National Guard playing at 7 p.m., a C-17 flyover at 8:15 and the resumption of the 287th Army Band playing until fireworks at dusk.

The Old Fashioned Fourth of July Parade, sponsored by the American Legion Fox Post No. 2, enjoy a patriotic parade with music, marches along State Street at 6 p.m.


Parade lineup begins at 9 a.m. at 6th and Montgomery streets with the parade to begin at 11.

Car show begins at noon on Mulberry Street. Field events begin at 3 hosted by Parks and Recreation.

Grand opening is at 3:15 with a flag raising, pledge of allegiance, national anthem and invocation. Hot dog eating contest is at 4 p.m. Music by Oracle at 5:15 and 7 p.m. and fireworks from the lake at 9:15 p.m.


Old-fashioned games for children will be on Second Street beginning at 9 a.m. 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.

Registration forms for the parade are available at the Lewes Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center in the Fisher-Martin House in Zwaanendael Park and the Lewes Harbour Marina Bait and Tackle at the end of Anglers Road.

The fun continues with the unique and quirky Doo-Dah Parade that forms in the vicinity of Lloyd’s Market on Savannah Road and winds its way down Kings Highway to Second Street and ends on Savannah Road, heading back towards Lloyds.

The day caps off with fireworks from a barge off Lewes Beach at dusk. For more information, visit

The 15th annual Fourth of July Celebration and Classic Car Show will take place at Trinity Faith Christian Center 15516 New Road Lewes, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The rain date is Saturday July 7. The event is free with food and games. Call 645-5446 or 745-7295 for more information.


At 2 p.m. the First Presbyterian Church of Milford’s new carillon with play patriotic music appropriate for Independence Day. Music will best be heard in the immediate area around the church at 101 S. Walnut St.


The 12th Annual Children’s Celebration and Parade will begin at 10:30 a.m. at the labyrinth of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, located at the corner of State and Ellis streets.

Children are invited to dress up in red, white, and blue, decorate bikes, wagons, strollers and even the family dog. Following a brief patriotic ceremony which includes a performance by Cathy Gorman, children dressed in patriotic colors and costumes will parade on the church grounds to the St. Mark’s Parish Hall.

Each child will receive a special gift for participating. There will be a children’s activity table. Food will be provided. In the event of rain, the celebration and parade will be held in St. Mark’s Parish Hall. For more information, contact Gale White at 644-0777.


From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Memorial Park, there will be a bike decorating contest, live music, cake wheel, pie baking contest, sack races, live music and more. For more information, contact


In Smyrna’s 250th anniversary year, the parade will start at 9:30 a.m., at St. Polycarp Church on South Street near Smyrna Elementary. Lineup will begin at 7 a.m.

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

At Municipal Park, the carnival will open at noon. Activities include a beard contest, a baby contest, dog contest, taekwondo demonstration, activities, vendors and more.

The band Party Fowl Band will perform at 7:30 in the Smyrna High School parking lot followed by the Romford Drum & Trumpet Corps.

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