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Best Fireworks Shows in Delaware

Adobe Stock.//By Alik Mulikov

 

An earlier version of this article was originally published in 2014. 

Any seat will be the best seat in the house this Fourth of July, because we’re giving you the top places to watch this year’s fireworks shows. Gather picnic blankets, lawn chairs and some family members and friends, and look to the sky to celebrate America’s birthday.


When: Wednesday, July 3
Where: Galer Estate Vineyard and Winery, Noon-9 p.m.

Enjoy a glass of wine and a limited view of the fireworks from neighboring Longwood Gardens. Wine sales will end 15 minutes before the fireworks begin. Bring a blanket to sit on the front lawn. Reservations will not be accepted after 3 p.m., and Wine Club Members are excluded. All guests to the property must be of legal drinking age. By law, no alcohol other than Galer Estate wines are permitted on the property. (Galer Estate is also open Thursday, July 4 from noon-8 p.m.)

700 Folly Hill Road, Kennett Square, Pa. • (484) 899-8013


When: Wednesday, July 3
Where: Rehoboth Fireworks Cruise, 7:15 p.m.

Catch the fireworks aboard the Cape May Lewes Ferry. Boarding begins at 6:45 p.m., the cruise departs from Lewes at 7:15 and returns at 11 p.m. There will be live music and plenty of food and drinks. Tickets are $35 for adults and $20 for children.

Lewes Terminal, 43 Cape Henlopen Drive, Lewes • cmlf.com


When: Wednesday, July 3
WhereRehoboth Beach, 9:30 p.m.

These fireworks are launched from the beach south of Rehoboth Avenue, so hitch a ride on the Jolly Trolley to get a good seat.

Rehoboth Beach • 227-6181, ext. 522


When: Wednesday, July 3
Where: Longwood Gardens, 9:15 p.m.

See the night sky in a new light at the Fireworks & Fountains Shows. On July 3, the show is paired with patriotic music including The Olympic Fanfare, The Winds of War and The Stars & Stripes, and more. There is lawn seating (bring your own chair) or reserve your seat in advance, which allows you to select your seat for the show. The Fireworks & Fountains Shows are rain or shine. Fireworks tickets are non-refundable and may not be exchanged for another date or time. Should extreme weather conditions occur, the show will be rescheduled for the next day at the same time and ticketholders will be notified.

1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square, Pa. • (610) 388-5223


When: Wednesday, July 3
Where: Wilmington Blue Rocks Stadium; game starts at 6:35 p.m., fireworks begin at 9:15 p.m.

Enjoy nine innings of fun (and a few orders of crab fries) and watch the Blue Rocks take on the Potomac Nationals. Stick around for the post-game fireworks show.

801 Shipyard Drive, Wilmington • 888-2583


When: Thursday, July 4
Where: Downtown Dover, 9 a.m.-dusk

This all-day celebration starts with vendors and food trucks galore along with plenty of games and activities for the kids and concludes with fireworks bursting over Legislative Hall.

15 E. Loockerman St., Dover • 674-3922, ext. 19


When: Thursday, July 4
Where: Downtown Hockessin, 7:30 a.m.-dusk

Hockessin’s annual festivities starts with relay races, followed by the parade at 3 p.m. The food truck festival starts at 2 and runs through 9 p.m. in a new location, the Hockessin Corner Parking Lot. The food truck festival will include a beer garden for guests 21 and older. An assortment of kids’ games and activities, local businesses and entertainment will also be present from 2-8 p.m. The fireworks display begins at dusk and can be seen from all over Hockessin. The main viewing areas are Swift Park, Piedmont Baseball Fields, Hockessin Library and Artesian Soccer Fields. Please note fireworks are rain or shine. There is no rain date.

Old Lancaster Pike, Hockessin​ • 598-6695


When: Thursday, July 4 
Where: Downtown Lewes, 9 a.m.-10 p.m.

Watch the Boat Parade along the Lewes-Rehoboth Canal at 2 p.m. and the Doo-Dah Parade at approximately 5 p.m. on Savannah Road, which goes down King’s Highway to Second Street and ends on Savannah Road. There will be old-fashioned games for kids and fireworks at dusk. Visit gofourthlewes.org or leweschamber.com for more details.

Downtown Lewes • 645-8073


When: Thursday, July 4
Where: Smyrna, 9:30 a.m.-9:15 p.m.

Don’t miss Smyrna’s annual Fourth of July parade, which draws floats from organizations across the state. In the afternoon, there will be plenty of kid’s activities and the annual Baby Contest. You won’t want to miss the Zerbini Family Circus between 2 and 6 p.m. In the evening, lay a blanket in the field across from Smyrna High School’s baseball diamonds for the spectacular annual fireworks show.

N. Main St., Smyrna • 653-6235


When: Thursday, July 4
Where: Downtown Bethany Beach, noon

The 35th anniversary celebration kicks off at noon with a parade. Enjoy festive music and fireworks at dusk. 

Downtown Bethany Beach • 539-8011


When: Thursday, July 4
Where: Town of Laurel, 2 p.m.

At this year’s Laurel Independence Day Celebration, vendors will be setting up at 2 p.m. and the band King’s Ransom will be performing at 3 p.m. From 4-8 p.m., enjoy a car show and kids’ activities along Front St. The cornhole tournament kick off at 6 p.m. followed by the parade at 7 p.m.The band Pistol Whipped will perform in Market Square Park at 7:45 p.m., followed by fireworks at dusk.

201 Mechanic St., Laurel • 875-2277


When: Thursday, July 4
Where: Newark, 6 p.m.

The University of Delaware Athletic Complex is filled with great activities and has plenty of space to lay down a blanket and enjoy the sun and then the fireworks. Fine arts and crafts booths are available to browse, and games abound for the kids. Live musical entertainment begins at 6 p.m. (Rain date: July 5; fireworks only).

160 Carpenter Sports Building, Newark • 366-7147


When: Thursday, July 4
Where: Wilmington & Western Railroad, 7-11 p.m.

Hop aboard the Wilmington Fireworks Express, which will take you directly to Hockessin for the annual fireworks show. The train will return at approximately 11 p.m. Passengers are welcome to bring coolers, blankets and folding chairs aboard. Tickets cost between $20-$24.

Wilmington and Western Railroad, 2201 Newport Gap Pike, Wilmington • 998-1930


When: Thursday, July 4
Where: Dewey Beach, 9 p.m.

Enjoy an evening out at one of your favorite bayside restaurants or bars before the beautiful fireworks show over the bay. Walk to the bay or take the Jolly Trolley. Some of the best views can be found at North Beach or Ivy.

Dewey Beach • 227-3888


When: Thursday, July 4

Where: Tubman-Garrett Riverfront Park, 3-9:30 p.m.

Mayor Mike Purzycki invites you to attend the City of Wilmington’s annual Fourth of July Celebration complete with fireworks at Tubman-Garrett Park. Admission to this family friendly event is free. The Delaware Symphony Orchestra is honoring the 50th anniversary of the moon landing with music from 2001: A Space Odyssey, Star Trek and the 1812 Overture. The performance starts at 8 and fireworks begin at 9:30 p.m. 

If you’re looking to get the best of both worlds and have dinner and a great view of the fireworks show, consider Iron Hill Brewery’s Summer Backyard BBQ Beer Dinner, or Banks Seafood Kitchen and Raw Bar‘s outside patio seating.

Fireworks: 40 Rosa Parks Drive, Wilmington
Iron Hill Brewery: 620 Justison St., Wilmington • 472-2739
Banks Seafood Kitchen​: 101 S. Market St., Wilmington • 777-1500


When: Thursday, July 4

WhereConstitution Yards, 6-10 p.m.

Enjoy a great family celebration topped off by a huge waterfront fireworks display. Country By Night plays an eclectic mix of original country, rock and pop music.

308 Justison St., Wilmington • 407-5192


When: Thursday, July 4 through Sunday, July 7
Where: Chaddsford Winery, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. (Thursday and Sunday); 11 a.m.-9 p.m. (

Enjoy four days of fun at Chaddsford Winery’s Red, White + BBQ, a Fourth of July celebration featuring food trucks, live music, special frozen wine cocktails, wine discounts and more. Admission is free and all wine and food purchases are pay-as-you-go.

632 Baltimore Pike, Chadds Ford, Pa. • (610) 388-6221


When: Friday, July 5
Where: Chesapeake Inn Restaurant and Marina, 12:30-10 p.m.

The party begins at 12:30 on the deck with love music and continues in the side lot at 3 p.m. with more music, food and games. Fireworks go off at dusk and from 7-10 p.m., people ages 21 and older can party on the terrace. Tickets for the terrace party can be purchased here: terracefireworks.eventbrite.com.

605 2nd St. Chesapeake City, Md. • (410) 885-2040


When: Saturday, July 6
Where: Elsmere, 5 p.m.

Enjoy food trucks, vendors and games at Elsmere‘s Fairgrounds Park beginning at 5 p.m., with fireworks starting at dusk. Rain date: is Sunday, July 7.

Filbert and Dover avenues, Elsmere • 998-2215

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