The Fourth of July is almost upon us! If you’re looking for places to watch fireworks and celebrate Independence Day around Delaware, here are the upcoming festivities to bookmark.
Saturday, July 1
First Saturday at First State Heritage Park
Welcome Independence Day with a day of historic celebration. First State Heritage Park presents July 4 as it was enjoyed in the late 1800s. Enjoy old-fashioned lawn games like sack racing and tug of war, live music and more. Plus, at 2 p.m., listen to a reading of the Declaration of Independence from the steps of the Old State House, just as it was in 1776.
Sunday, July 2
Rehoboth Beach Fireworks
Festivities in Rehoboth begin at 8 p.m. Fireworks are scheduled to start by 9:30 p.m., but may begin before or after depending on sunset time and weather conditions. Fireworks will launch from south of Rehoboth Avenue and will be visible along the beach and boardwalk.
Tuesday, July 4
Hockessin Fireworks and Fireworks Express
For a fun Fourth of July experience, park at the Greenbank Railroad Station, and the train will take you directly into Hockessin for the annual fireworks. You’re welcome to bring coolers, blankets and folding chairs aboard the train, and you can skip the traffic on your way out after the show. Or, if you’re already in Hockessin, enjoy the award-winning Independence Day parade at 3 p.m.
Newark 4th of July Fireworks
If you’re in Newark, enjoy vendors and entertainment at the University of Delaware Athletic Complex starting at 6 p.m. Fireworks are expected to start at dusk, around 9 p.m.
Smyrna/Clayton July 4th
There will be a parade beginning at 9:30 a.m. in Clayton. The fireworks will begin at dusk at the little league fields across from Smyrna High School.
Dover 4th of July
After a full day of festivities including food and art vendors around Legislative Mall, colonial-themed activities, free tours of the Old State House, Readings of the Declaration of Independence and a parade, fireworks are scheduled to start at 9:15 p.m. over Legislative Mall.
Laurel’s Annual 4th of July Celebration
The city of Laurel kicks off the festivities with a car and truck show beginning at 4 p.m. on Front Street. There will be live music, food and other vendors and a parade throughout the evening. Fireworks will begin at dusk.
Lewes Boat Parade and Independence Day Fireworks
Beginning at 1 p.m., the Independence Day Lewes Boat Parade is a longstanding tradition. Decorated boats wind their way down the Lewes-Rehoboth Canal. They will be across from the Coast Guard Station at 1:30 p.m. and will reach the judges’ reviewing stand at Fisherman’s Wharf around 2 p.m. Later in the evening, keep an eye out for the Lewes Fireworks, which can be viewed from the beach or high elevations throughout the city of Lewes.