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Fourth of July in Delaware – Travel ideas and tips 2014

From fireworks on the beach to family BBQs in a scenic Delaware State Park, plan to spend July 4th in Delaware - the First State! Scroll through the roundup of firework displays throughout the state or visit the Delaware Tourism event calendar to find out what's happening over the weekend. Read below for travel ideas, tips and resources for visiting Delaware.

Flag on the beach Delaware Search our site for nearby restaurant, hotel and attraction listings including Yelp and Tripadvisor reviews.

Find Delaware deals including discounts at attractions, hotels and beach vacation rentals.

Planning a July 4th BBQ? Learn how to pick and eat a steamed crab from a Delaware waterman and be the envy at your crab feast! Then, find the perfect dining spot for enjoying steamed crabs in Delaware. Or serve up some local flavor by offering local wine and beer from the locations on the Delaware Wine and Ale Trail.

Take a break from the beach and discover new adventures on the Delaware Outdoor Trail - a collection of more than 60 activities ranging from hiking, biking to kayaking. Feeling extra adventurous? Try the Go Ape! Treetop Adventure and Zip Line at Lums Pond State Park.

Bethany Beach DelawareDelaware Beach area tips:

Learn more about Delaware Beaches including things to do, places to eat and where to stay in Lewes, Rehoboth Beach, Dewey, Bethany Beach and Fenwick Island. 

The Cape May Lewes Ferry is a 90-minute scenic ride for travelers visiting the Delaware beach area. Join their 50th anniversary celebration by taking a sail! Vehicle and foot passengers can purchase tickets online or at the ferry terminal. If you’re a vehicle passenger reservations are highly recommended. The ferry offers a Fireworks Cruise on July 3rd.

Searching for beach travel tips? We've compiled a helpful list for travelers including alternate routes during the I-495 bridge closure. We also suggest downloading the DelDOT App for traffic information on either the Android or iPhone for free. If you’re on a desktop computer, you can view an interactive traffic map on their main website

The Jolly Trolley Shuttle Service is a convenient way to travel between Rehoboth Beach and Dewey Beach. The Jolly Trolley will be running till Labor Day weekend on the following schedule: Saturdays & Sundays (8:00 a.m. – 2:00 a.m.); Weekdays (8:30 a.m. – 2:00 a.m.). Rates are $3.00 one-way and $5.00 round trip.

Use the DART First State’s Park and Ride lot located on Shuttle Rd. off of Delaware Rt. 1, north of Rehoboth Avenue to ride in comfort to the outlets, boardwalk and beach areas. Park for $8.00 and receive up to 4 free unlimited ride daily bus passes. All buses are air conditioned and equipped with wheelchair lifts and can carry 2 bikes. DART’s Route 305 Beach Connection, operates from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekends and provides service from Wilmington to Rehoboth Beach on Friday – Sunday nights. 

Please check with the individual beach towns or chambers of commerce for details about parking, pets on the beach, beach rules and regulations, etc. If you are visiting Rehoboth Beach, create a ParkMobile account ahead time to pay for parking.

Most importantly, have tons of fun!! Share your travel photos with us on Pinterest and Instagram by following VisitDelaware and tagging your posts with #Delagram.


posted on: Tuesday, Jun 24, 2014 11:19 AM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

Celebrate July 4th in Delaware - 2014

Come celebrate July 4th in the First State. Here is a list of fireworks displays in Delaware for 2014!

Cape Henlopen State Park 50th Anniversary Fireworks Display
June 29, 2014
9:15 p.m. - 9:45 p.m.
Catch an extra fireworks display as Cape Henlopen and the Cape May-Lewes Ferry celebrate their 50th anniversary. The fireworks will be launched from the fishing pier. 

Cape May-Lewes Ferry Special Fireworks Cruise

July 5, 2014
 - Originally scheduled for July 3 but, postponed due to weather conditions
Spectacular fireworks will illuminate the skies above the Delaware Bay. Cruise departs Lewes at 6:45 p.m. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 800-643-3779. Check-in begins at 5:00 p.m. Enjoy drinks on the deck with live entertainment.

Bethany Beach FireworksBethany Beach Fourth of July Fireworks
July 5, 2014
 - Rescheduled due to weather conditions

The annual parade has been cancelled and the fireworks have been rescheduled for July 5, 2014. The Warrior Spirit Band will still perform on July 4, 2014 at the Bethany Beach Bandstand.

Dewey Beach Fireworks on the Bay
July 4, 2014
Begins at dusk
Enjoy a festive fireworks display in Dewey Beach! The fireworks will be set off from a barge in the Rehoboth Bay and are visible from any bar or restaurant along the bayside in Dewey including the Rusty Rudder, Lighthouse, Que Pasa, North Beach, etc. Arrive early and get a good spot on their decks. Reservations are not available. Sponsored by participating Highway One bars and restaurants. Fireworks are rain or shine. Call 302-227-3888 for more details.

Dover 4th of July – A celebration of Independence in the Capital of the First State

July 4, 2014 (Any changes to their schedule will be announced on their Facebook page)
Tours, events, food, music & more take place in historic Dover on July 4th, including an outdoor concert packed with patriotic tunes on Legislative Mall. Fireworks blast off above Legislative Hall at about 9:25 p.m.

Fireworks Express - Wilmington and Western Railroad
Park at the Greenbank Station and the steam locomotive train will take you directly into Hockessin for the July 4th Fireworks - it's a fun, family event at an affordable price. Passengers are welcome to bring coolers, blankets and folding chairs aboard. Allow four hours for the train ride and fireworks show. Reservations are required for this event.

Newark – Fourth of July Fireworks and Liberty Day

July 4, 2014
Food, music and fireworks are part of the annual Liberty Day Celebration that takes places on the southern part of Newark and the University of Delaware campus from 6-9 p.m. July 4th. The fireworks blast off at the University of Delaware's David M. Nelson Athletic Complex on South College Avenue at Del. 896, but they can be viewed from various points throughout the area. Call 302-366-7147 for weather updates.

Rehoboth Beach FireworksRehoboth Beach July 4th Fireworks
July 4, 2014

Enjoy a breathtaking Fireworks display along the beach and iconic boardwalk in Rehoboth Beach. Fireworks will begin at approximately 9:15 p.m.

Wilmington 4th of July Celebration

July 4, 2014

Celebrate July 4th on the Wilmington Riverfront with live entertainment, family activities, fireworks and much more.

Cancelled due to weather conditions - Lewes’ Old Fashioned 4th of July – Special event but, no fireworks

July 4, 2014

Beginning at 9:00 a.m., enjoy Old-fashioned children's games and activities on Second Street, a decorated boat parade on the canal at 2:00 p.m. and the Annual Doo-Dah Parade. This is a special event but, will not have fireworks.

Annual Town Bonfire - Fenwick Island (Special event but, no fireworks)
July 5, 2014
6:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Bring the family out for music, games and much more at the annual town bonfire in Fenwick Island - located at Dagsboro Street. Set out your beach chair and enjoy the sights and sounds of a fun-filled night. For more information, call 302-539-3011. Please note this event will not have fireworks.

Travel tips and resources:

Search through hotel listings, traveler reviews and book online with the Travelocity booking engine.

Celebrate the First State's rich heritage and embark on a historic adventure while traveling the Delaware History Trail!

Discover new adventures on the Delaware Outdoor Trail.

Get Delaware beach travel tips and ideas for things to do.

Save while planning your vacation with Delaware deals.


posted on: Monday, Jun 23, 2014 4:06 PM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

Weekend events and things to do around Delaware June 13 to June 15, 2014

Here are just a few of the events happening around Delaware. While you are visiting Delaware, use our mobile site to search for nearby restaurants, hotels and attractions at http://m.visitdelaware.com. Share your Delaware travel photos by following VisitDelaware on Pinterest or Instagram + tag your post with #Delagram.

Costumes of Downton Abbey® at Winterthur
Recurring daily (Tuesday – Sunday)
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Costumes of Downton Abbey is an original exhibition of exquisite designs from the award-winning television series. Approximately 35 historically accurate costumes from the television show will be displayed with photographs and vignettes inspired by the fictional program and by real life at Winterthur.

Air Mobility Command MuseumTour the Air Mobility Command Museum
Friday – Sunday
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Admission and parking are free
Tour the Air Mobility Command Museum and learn about historic aircrafts from the WWII era to the former Air Force Two.

Eating Rehoboth Culinary Tour
Friday, June 13, 2014
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Eating Rehoboth is a 3-hour culinary adventure through downtown Rehoboth Beach, Delaware! You will enjoy exclusive food tastings at five of Rehoboth's best restaurants, paired with delicious wines, local beers or signature cocktails.

St. Anthony's Italian Festival 2014
Recurring daily until June 15, 2014
5:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. (Friday); 2:00 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. (Saturday); 2:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. (Sunday)
St. Anthony of Padua will host its 40th annual Italian Festival featuring authentic Italian food and drink, classic and modern live concerts, authentic Italian products, and family rides and games.

Evening Pontoon Boat Eco-Tour at Trap Pond State Park
Friday, June 13, 2014
5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Come out and discover Trap Pond State Park’s Bald-cypress Swamp on a leisurely boat tour. Space is limited. The tours cost $6 for adults and $3 for children 12 and under.

2014 Plein Air on the Circle in historic Georgetown
Saturday, June 14, 2014
8:00 a.m. – Noon
Free to the public; $10 artists
Registration begins at 7:00 a.m. Plein artists participating in the event will be invited to exhibit their work from the event at the Upper Crust in Georgetown.

Color Vibe 5K Fun Run/Walk in Middletown
Saturday, June 14, 2014
9:00 a.m.
Admission $45
Get ready for the most colorful fun-filled day of your life! You'll be blasted at every color station throughout this awesome 5K run. Sign up fast, because spots are filling quickly and we have a limited number of shirts available.

Cape Henlopen State ParkDelaware Breakwater Kayak Eco-Tour at Cape Henlopen State Park
Saturday, June 14, 2014
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
$25.00 per solo kayak, $35.00 per tandem kayak
Trained instructors lead you on a guided tour in sit-on-top kayaks as you learn about the lower Delaware Bay.

Hands-on Blacksmithing at Fort Delaware State Park
Saturday, June 14, 2014
10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Meet the Fort Delaware blacksmith and learn how to make wrought iron items the way it was created 150 years ago.

Twin Lakes Brewing Co. Brewery Tour and Tasting
Saturday, June 14, 2014
Open from 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. – Tour at 1:00 p.m.
Admission $22
Enjoy a relaxed and personalized tour at Twin Lakes Brewing Company as they guide you through the history of beer and brewing plus, their unique brewing process and traditions.

Harvest Ridge Winery Guided Tours & Tastings
Saturday, June 14, 2014
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Harvest Ridge Winery is open every day for tastings! For $5, enjoy a flight of 5 of our wines and you may keep the logo glass in which they are served. Guided tours are offered at 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Free admission on Sundays to the Delaware Art Museum
Sunday, June 15, 2014
Noon - 4:00 p.m.
Admission to the Delaware Art Museum is free to all visitors on Sundays. The Delaware Art Museum is best known for its large collection of British Pre-Raphaelite art, works by Wilmington-native Howard Pyle and fellow American illustrators, and urban landscapes by John Sloan and his circle.

Wilmington and Western RailroadMt. Cuba Meteor - Father's Day Special on Wilmington and Western Railroad
Sunday, June 15, 2014
12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.
A 90-minute scenic journey through the Red Clay Valley, including a stop at the Mt. Cuba Picnic Grove. Bring a lunch and enjoy the view! Father's Day only - All father's ride 1/2 fare!

Eating Rehoboth Culinary Tour
Sunday, June 15, 2014
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Eating Rehoboth is a 3-hour culinary adventure through downtown Rehoboth Beach, Delaware! You will enjoy exclusive food tastings at five of Rehoboth's best restaurants, paired with delicious wines, local beers or signature cocktails.

Bonus trip ideas:

Discover new adventures on the Delaware Outdoor Trail.

Dine out on the Delaware Culinary Trail.

Embark on treasure hunt on the Delaware Geocaching Trail.

Take a step back in time on the Delaware History Trail.

Sip your way along the Delaware Wine and Ale Trail.


posted on: Wednesday, Jun 11, 2014 1:15 PM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

Alternate travel routes during I-495 road closure

The shutdown of Interstate 495 through Wilmington because of bridge repairs has created some challenges for travelers attempting to reach Delaware’s beaches, malls and other destinations. In general, it’s best to avoid I-495 or I-95 while repairs to the bridge are underway. Travelers’ best option is to choose one of the alternate roads in the area, depending on their direction of travel. Try these travel tips, and hopefully you’ll enjoy a stress-free Delaware summer vacation.

Coming from the north:
-- U.S. 202/Concord Pike from West Chester area takes travelers into Wilmington without having to travel on I-95 or I-495. Once in Wilmington, travelers can head further south toward the beaches (by taking U.S. 13, then connecting with Del. 1); swing to the west toward the DuPont mansions (on Del. 52); or head toward the Newark area (on Del. 2).

-- U.S. 13 has long been an alternate route south through Delaware for travelers starting in the far southeastern Pennsylvania area. You can pick up U.S. 13 south just east of I-495, soon after crossing the Delaware border (take the Naamans Road exit off I-95). From that point, travelers can use U.S. 13 (also known as DuPont Highway) to reach Wilmington, or to head further south (to Old New Castle, or to Del. 1, which takes you the rest of the way to the beach).

-- Consider taking a bridge over to the New Jersey side and approaching Delaware from the east – I-295, U.S. 40 and the New Jersey Turnpike all cross into Delaware via the Delaware Memorial Bridge. From that point, travelers can jump onto U.S. 13 (to reach Wilmington to the north, or Del. 1/beach destinations to the south).

-- If you're visiting from New York or northern New Jersey, consider traveling to the Delaware beaches on the Cape May-Lewes Ferry

Coming from the south:
-- Several roads can be used to reach New Castle County destinations as an alternative to I-95, including U.S. 13 North (which follows the eastern edge of Delaware through New Castle and Wilmington); Del. 72 (which angles northwest toward the Newark area); and U.S. 40 (which parallels I-95 as it sweeps east-west across the county's midsection).

Coming from the west:
-- Instead of taking I-95 North through Delaware, get on U.S. 40 (which runs roughly parallel to I-95) before you cross the border with Maryland. As you're driving on U.S. 40 East, you'll come to intersections with various routes that head toward Delaware attractions, including Del. 896 (Newark); Del.301 (Lums Pond, Middletown, Chesapeake & Delaware Canal); Del. 72 (which connects to both Del. 1 and U.S. 13); and Del. 1 (points south, including Dover and the beaches).

Coming from the east:
-- Travelers approaching Delaware from New Jersey can take I-295, U.S. 40 or the New Jersey Turnpike, which all cross into Delaware via the Delaware Memorial Bridge. From that point, travelers can jump onto U.S. 13 (to reach Wilmington to the north; or Del. 1/beach destinations to the south).


posted on: Wednesday, Jun 4, 2014 4:25 PM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

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