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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

Hotel availability during Firefly Music Festival weekend 2014

Firefly Music Festival Things to doWondering where to stay during the Firefly Music Festival? Below is hotel availability in the state of Delaware from June 19 – 22, 2014 including average room rates and distance to the festival. To view their latest Tripadvisor reviews, click on the hotel name.

To book your hotel online or search for additional availability, use the Travelocity booking engine on the left side of this page.

To help plan your weekend, we've compiled travel and packing tips for you. Plus, get alternate routes during the I-495 bridge closure. 

Make your Firefly experience a mini-vacation and extend your stay at Delaware’s beautiful beaches, scenic state parks or tour local breweries.

Admiral on Baltimore
2 Baltimore Ave, Rehoboth Beach
45 miles to the Firefly Music Festival

Atlantic Oceanside Motel
1700 Coastal Hwy, Dewey Beach
Average rate: $150.00/night
Firefly special: 4 nights at $129.00/night
45 miles to the Firefly Music Festival

Bellmoor Inn and Spa
6 Christian Street, Rehoboth Beach
Average rate: $389.00 - $409/night
45 miles to the Firefly Music Festival

Brandywine Valley Inn – Best Western
1807 Concord Pike, Wilmington
Average rate: $129.00/night (only a few rooms left)
49 miles to the Firefly Music Festival

Brick Hotel on the Circle
18 The Circle, Georgetown
Average rate $160.00 + tax/night (Double occupancy only)
37 miles to the Firefly Music Festival

Courtyard Newark at the University of Delaware
400 David Hollowell Drive, Newark
Average rate: $169.00+tax/night (Thursday); $149.00+tax/night (Friday and Saturday)
43 miles to the Firefly Music Festival

Driftwood Efficiency Motel
18282 Coastal Hwy, Lewes
Average rate: June 19 ($89+tax/night); June 20 ($129+tax); June 21 ($139+tax/night); June 22 ($109+tax)
40 miles to the Firefly Music Festival. Offers 2 room suites that sleep 4 guests with a full kitchen, cable, wifi and flatscreen TVs. Located in the heart of Lewes and Rehoboth.

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Newark/Wilmington
1201 Christiana Road, Newark
Average rate: $159.00/night
38 miles to the Firefly Music Festival. Offers free breakfast buffet, indoor swimming pool, fitness center and a suite shoppe.

Hotel Rodney
142 Second St., Lewes
302-645-6466 or 800-824-8754
Average rate: $129.00 - $229.00/night (depending on room availability – 10 rooms available as of 5/2/14)
42 miles to the Firefly Music Festival. One mile to the beach and walking distance to Lewes’ museums, restaurants and shops. Staff is available 24/7 to assist with questions, bookings and check in.

Oceanus Motel
6 2nd Street, Rehoboth Beach
Average rate: $239.00/night
45 miles to the Firefly Music Festival

The Bay Resort Motel
126 Bellevue St., Dewey Beach
Average rate: $249.00/night
46 miles to the Firefly Music Festival

Sheraton Wilmington South Hotel
365 Airport Road, New Castle, DE
Average rate: $149/night (limited space available)
43 miles to the Firefly Music Festival

Wilmington Newark Christiana Courtyard by Marriott
48 Geoffrey Drive, Newark
Average rate: $149/night (limited space available)
40 miles to the Firefly Music Festival


posted on: Thursday, May 15, 2014 9:48 AM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

Top Summer Events in Delaware

Summer’s the season for celebration in Delaware, whether you favor sun-baked fun on a breezy beach, the sounds of top-name bands jamming under the stars, or the funky fun of our state’s offbeat, food-fueled festivals. From the shores of Rehoboth Beach to the Pirate Sails aboard our state’s Tall Ship, there’s something for everyone in this Top 10 list of Delaware’s Summer events.

Firefly Music Festival DelawareFirefly Music Festival
It took just a couple of years and an avalanche of top-notch acts to make Firefly one of the premier Indie rock festivals in the nation. This year, fans are tuning up for the Foo Fighters, Outkast, Weezer, Imagine Dragons and more. June 19-22, 2014.

Mid-Atlantic Sea Glass & Coastal Arts Festival
Tossed by waves and tides into an object of beauty and desire, sea glass is revered for its rarity and charm by artists worldwide. Here’s a chance to see the magic of more than forty sea glass artists, along with other coastal artisans, and learn the finer points of collecting and identifying these sea-tossed gems. June 28-29, 2014.

Fourth of July celebrations
Fireworks are just part of the celebration at locations up and down the state. For something different, check out the Colonial charms of the Independence Day Program in Dover; the Cape May-Lewes Ferry’s Special Fireworks Cruise; or the Red, White + Zoo event at Brandywine Zoo. July 4, 2014.

Delaware State Fair
Summertime in Kent County can mean only one thing: A glorious amalgam of deep-fried treats, live music, rodeos, demolition derbies, and the very best in Delaware livestock and agriculture: the Delaware State Fair. Held annually at the 300-acre Harrington State Fairgrounds, this 10-day Delaware tradition dates back to 1920. Concerts have included the likes of Gloria Estefan, New Kids on the Block, Tammy Wynette, Travis Tritt and Bill Cosby -- this year, Lady Antebellum is part of the lineup! The Midway Slots and Simulcast, Harrington Raceway and The Centre Ice Rink are also nearby. July 17-26, 2014.

Rehoboth Beach Sandcastle Contest
Get your inner architect moving – or just watch the fun at Rehoboth Beach and Dewey Beach’s popular Sandcastle Contest, which inevitably inspires some fanciful creations, and usually includes a few sessions on sculpting technique. Aug. 2, 2014.

Kalmar NyckelKalmar Nyckel Pirate Festival
This is the chance to get your “arrrrrr” on and experience life as an 18th century pirate aboard Delaware’s Tall Ship, the Kalmar Nyckel. “Pirate crews” will share stories about the history of piracy on the Delaware River, and guests are treated to a Pirate Parade, Costume Contest, crafts and activities. (late June)

Arden Fair
The quaint, cottage-filled village of Arden comes alive with arts & crafts, music, antiques and more every summer. Grab a beer and a sandwich and enjoy the bands, or catch the popular used book sale. Aug. 30, 2014.

Riverfront Blues Festival
Things get real cool and real hot all in the same weekend at the outdoor Riverfront Blues Festival, a three-day lineup of national performers playing by the banks of the Christina River. (early August)

Taste of Rehoboth
Enjoy live cooking demonstrations and food samples from some of this stellar dining town’s top chefs and restaurants. Includes wine pairings, Dogfish Head beer, live music, live & silent auctions. Open to all ages. (late August)

Old Fashioned Ice Cream Festival
Billed as “Delaware’s largest family picnic,” the Ice Cream Fest attracts thousands to the grounds of an old Gothic Revival mansion at Rockwood to hear bluegrass, sample treats from area dairies, restaurants and craft breweries, and keep the kids occupied with fun and games. June 28-29, 2014.


posted on: Thursday, Jan 30, 2014 4:27 PM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

Top Spring Events in Delaware

Partly a farewell to winter and partly a prelude to the state’s beach-centric summer, springtime in Delaware is a coming-out party of sorts, filled with outdoor celebrations and even a few high-RPM thrills. Take your pick of festival fun here:

Dover DaysDover Days Festival
Blending modern-day fun with a look back at Delaware’s Colonial past, Dover Days Festival offers a chance to celebrate spring’s charms with Maypole Dancing on Dover’s Green, a Civil War-era baseball game, historic wartime encampments, and more than 350 vendors, craft merchants, and food purveyors. This festival also holds the distinction of being held at one of the sites of the nation’s newest National Monument. May 2-4, 2014

Horseshoe Crab & Shorebird Festival
Celebrate two of the state’s iconic natural wonders – and enjoy the food, music and games – at the Horseshoe Crab and Shorebird Festival in historic Milton, featuring arts & crafts, boat rides and canoe trips, and nature walks at the Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge. (late May)

NASCAR racing at the Monster Mile
Dover International Speedway hosts exciting NASCAR Sprint Cup Series action twice annually on the fastest one-mile oval racetrack in the world. When the biggest names in the sport aren’t zipping around the track, you can. Suit up with the team at Monster Racing and get behind the wheel of a genuine stock car while taking on the famous Monster Mile. May 30-June 1, 2014.

Great Delaware Kite FestivalGreat Delaware Kite Festival
Enjoy the spectacle of kites dancing in the crisp ocean breeze high above the natural splendor of Cape Henlopen State Park, where food vendors and activities for kids make it a perfect family outing. April 18, 2014.

Rehoboth Beach-Dewey Beach Spring Sidewalk Sale
Long known as a place for bargains in a state that already boasts a tax-free shopping advantage, Rehoboth Beach and its neighbors dive even deeper into discount mode every spring and fall. This is the right time to visit the resorts’ many shops, ranging from the three Tanger Outlet centers to the unique art galleries that line Rehoboth’s quaint avenues. May 16-18, 2014.

MidAtlantic Wine + Food Festival
This five-day celebration of life's finer pleasures consist of dozens of events at special locations throughout the state, including stately hotels, intimate restaurants, and even historic properties, from Wilmington south to the beaches. May 14-18, 2014.

Bug & Bud Festival
Get a true taste of this artsy little town and enjoy dozens of food and craft vendors at the Bug & Bud Festival, a celebration of two of Milford’s most cherished symbols, the ladybug and the tree. There’s entertainment throughout the day, a Ladybug and Tree costume parade, “ladybug decorated” paddle boat rides, children’s games and more. April 26, 2014.

R2Hop2 Beer and Music festival
From keg tosses to sumo wrestling, the R2Hop2 Beer and Music Festival puts the emphasis on happy indulgences, including craft beers on tap and live bands on stage. April 26, 2014

Newark's Wine & Dine Downtown
Visitors love Newark for its college-town feel and for its diverse and affordable culinary options, both of which will be the highlight of this year’s Wine and Dine Downtown. Held at a variety of restaurants in the city, the event keeps its focus on the perfect pairing of fine wines with creative food. April 5, 2014.

Winterthur Point to PointWinterthur Point-to-Point
Frequently imitated but never matched, these annual steeplechase horse races echo the state’s well-heeled heritage as home to the DuPont family and their regal estates. Staged on the sprawling grounds and rolling hills of this one-time DuPont mansion, the Point to Point is renowned as a place to see-and-be-seen amid extravagant “tailgate” buffets and lavishly stocked hospitality tents. The horse racing is just an added bonus. May 4, 2014.

Camp Rehoboth Women’s FEST
Billed as the premier East Coast festival for women, this four-day event features first-rate national entertainment, informative workshops, exquisite food, and the best beach vibe around. Added attractions include golf outings, walking tours, craft fair and dances. April 10-13, 2014.

Maritime Day Celebration
See why lovely little Lewes is at its heart a seafaring village at Maritime Day, a celebration of the region’s maritime heritage including displays and exhibitions, vessel tours and other fun activities. May 17, 2014.


posted on: Thursday, Jan 30, 2014 2:35 PM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

New Year's Eve Events and Deals in Delaware 2013

Ring in the New Year in Delaware! Celebrate with friends, family or that special someone at one of these exciting events. Search for hotels using our Travelocity booking engine and stay tuned for deals on events and hotels to be posted later this year!

Events – Please check back during late fall for additions to this list!

Noon Year’s Eve Celebration at the Brandywine Zoo
December 31, 2013
10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Join the countdown to noon and celebrate the coming of 2013 with a sparkling cider toast. Program begins at 10:30 a.m. at the gate and then you’ll party with the animals. Pre-registration is recommended. Call for prices and reservations at (302) 571-7747.

New Year with 16 Mile Taphouse
Dinner seatings at 5:00 p.m.,7:00 p.m., 9:00 p.m.
Spend the evening at the new 16 Mile Taphouse in Newark. Enjoy one of the three dinner seatings with bar specials throughout the evening and a champagne toast at midnight.

Heritage Shores New Year's Eve Celebration
7:30 p.m. - 12:30 a.m.
Entertainment provided by the Glass Onion Band. Entry includes 5-hour open bar, hors d'oeuvres and dinner plus, champagne toast at midnight and party favors. Prices vary from $75 - 90. Reservations are strongly encouraged.

New Year's Eve with the Delaware Symphony Orchestra at the Grand
7:30 p.m. (Champagne reception in the baby grand lobby from 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.)
Maestro David Amado leads an evening of music and song inspired by the legendary waltzes and timeless music of old Vienna. Party favors and champagne at intermission for all guests. Prices vary based on seat selection.

"Fuzzy Ball" New Year's Eve Party at Mispillion River Brewing
8:00 p.m. - 1:00 a.m.
Ring in the New Year with an exciting party at Milford's new brewery, Mispillion River Brewing, featuring the Fuzzy Snakefoot Band.

New Year's Eve at the Altantic Sands Ballroom (Rehoboth Beach)
8:00 p.m. - 1:00 a.m.
Celebrate New Years at the best rockin' party in Rehoboth Beach with live music, dancing, champagne and party favors. The event will feature "The Real Geniuses" from 8:00 p.m. - 1:00 a.m. Guests will enjoy an incredible menu. Book reservations now. Prices: $99/per person; $198/couple; $900 for table of ten.

New Year's Eve Bash at Fire & Ice Lounge (Dover Downs Hotel and Casino)
December 31, 2013
8:00 p.m. - 1:00 a.m. (Doors open at 7:30 p.m.)
Enjoy live entertainment, hors d'ouevres and a champagne toast at midnight. Prices vary based on seating location from $25/person; $75/couple.

New Year’s Eve with the David Bromberg Quintet
December 31, 2013
Doors open at 8:30 p.m.; Show begins at 10:00 p.m.
Celebrate at the World Café Live at the Queen with live entertainment, a full service bar and delicious food. Reservations are highly recommended. 

New Years Eve at the Rusty Rudder
December 31, 2013
Begins at 9:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m.
Admission: Buy early and save 
Celebrate New Years with Love Seed Mama Jump, Blue Label, DJ Hector and DJ 2Knutz.

New Year’s Eve Celebration at the Delaware Art Museum
December 31, 2013
10:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m.
Admission: $85 general admission/ $75 Museum members
Ring in an artful new year at the Museum with champagne, delicious food, an open bar and special holiday cocktail, music, and art!  You won’t want to miss this fun and elegant holiday party. Ticket price includes Valet Parking. 

New Years Eve at Summer House in Rehoboth Beach
December 31, 2013
Dinner reservations are available.
New Years Eve party includes a balloon drop and champagne toast at midnight. Plus, party favors, video/light show, DJ DKing and two bars.

New Years Eve Black & White Party at Abbotts Grill
Dance the night away to music by DJ Petch in the pub plus, enjoy a midnight champagne toast, dinner specials, party favors and complimentary "After the Ball" breakfast buffet. 

Harrington Raceway & Casino New Year's Eve Celebration
Reservations are required. Please call 302-398-4920 Ext. 5426
Dinner includes a carved tenderloin, seafood Alfredo and much more! Enjoy music by "The Main Event" and a glass of champagne along with party favors. Two drinks per person and gratuity is included. $89.95/couple.

Overfalls Anchor Drop in Lewes
December 31, 2013
11:30 p.m. – 12:30 a.m.
Don your best party hat and raise your glass to 2013 on the Lightship Overfalls toots it horn to welcome in the New Year!! (weather permitting).

First Day Hike in the Delaware State Parks
January 1, 2014
Begins at 1:00 p.m.
Start the New Year off right with a hike at one of the beautiful Delaware State Parks. 


posted on: Friday, Oct 4, 2013 2:37 PM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

Delaware Fall Festivals

Summer is high season for Delaware’s beautiful Atlantic beaches, but fall is when those sun-drenched shorebirds get in the mood for some fun (and decidedly funky) festival action.

Punkin ChunkinSome of Delaware’s best festivals take their cue from the season itself, featuring autumn’s bounty or focusing on the season’s spooky spirit. Others seem to sense that with the winter’s cold seclusion fast approaching, it’s time to let loose one last time.

But the best of the Delaware fests are a tad off center, whether it’s the madcap rivalries of Punkin Chunkin or the tuneful irreverence of Bethany Beach Jazz Funeral.

Through the fall, the fun plays on: At the Sea Witch Halloween & Fiddler’s Festival, kids and adults alike embrace their inner child with costumes and games. At Wilmington’s Fringe Festival, artists of all creative disciplines get an opportunity to explore the outer edges of their craft. And at the Delaware Saengerbund Oktoberfest, old-country German food and fun draw thousands each day.

For more information about the events and festivals below, please visit our Events Calendar.

Amish Country Bike TourSeptember
Bethany Beach Jazz Funeral 2
Nanticoke Indian Powwow 7-8
Bethany Beach Boardwalk Arts Festival 7
Brandywine Festival of the Arts 7-8
Amish Country Bike Tour 7
Brews By the Bay 14
Hagley Car Show 15
Delaware Pride Festival 15
Fifer Orchards Fall Festival 16-31
Dewey Beach Music Conference and Festival 19-21
Delaware Saengerbund Oktoberfest 20-22
Millbilly Country Festival 21
Hogs & Hops BBQ Festival 21-22
Fall Beach Party in Dewey Beach 21
Auburn Heights Invitational Car Show 28
Taste of Newark 29

Annual Rehoboth Fall Sidewalk Sale 4-6
Lewes Boast the Coast Maritime Festival 5
Lewes Coast Day 6
Bridgeville Apple Scrapple Festival 11-12
Vendemmia da Vinci Festival 13
Sea Witch Halloween and Fiddlers FestivalRehoboth Beach Jazz festival 17-20
Hagley Craft Fair 19-20
Blackbird Creek Fall Festival 19
Delaware Wine and Beer Festival 20
Sea Witch Halloween & Fiddler’s Festival 25-27
Sea Witch Skim & Surf Festival 26
Fringe Wilmington Festival Oct. 30-Nov. 3

Punkin Chunkin 1-3
Rehoboth Beach Independent Film Festival 6-10


posted on: Thursday, Aug 8, 2013 10:49 AM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

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