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Big Barrel Country Music Festival Travel Tips

Plan your travel strategy
Drivers heading to the Big Barrel Country Music Festival should keep their eyes out for electronic signs at primary exits and along the route to the festival, and follow their directions. The most important tool for avoiding traffic problems is awareness. Before approaching Dover itself, be sure to monitor traffic conditions via the DelDOT app, DelDOT’s traffic radio station (WTMC 1380-AM; also accessible through the app); or Traffic Webcams. The app features real-time alerts about delays and accidents, allowing fans to choose alternate routes in time to avoid tie-ups.

Here’s some general travel tips for the Big Barrel Country Music Festival once you get close to Dover:

Traffic from the north on Delaware 1 will take Exit 104 onto U.S. 13 southbound. Take U.S. 13 to Leipsic Road (DE Road 88) and follow signs to Daily Festival (day trippers) parking and Camper/RV check-in.

Traffic from the south on Delaware 1 will take Exit 95 to Bay Road, then onto U.S. Route 13, then make a right turn on Leipsic Road (DE Road 88) and follow signs to Daily Festival parking and Camper/RV check-in.

Check-in for campers and RVs with reservations will begin at noon on Thursday.

If an incident (or heavy traffic) creates problems at Exit 104, traffic will be routed south to Exit 95, allowing motorists to approach the festival from the south on U.S. 13. Otherwise, it’s a good idea to stay clear of U.S. 13, unless directed by organizers.

For the many travelers who use Del. 1 to reach the Delaware beaches, it’s also a good idea to be aware of peak Big Barrel Country Music Festival arrival times and plan accordingly by checking the DelDOT app and Traffic Cams. If you’re a beach-goer who typically returns home on Sundays, be aware that that day is also when many fans will be heading home – it’s better to leave early in the day rather than late Sunday night.


posted on: Friday, Jun 26, 2015 8:06 AM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

Celebrate July 4th in Delaware - Fireworks and Event Schedule 2015

Come celebrate July 4th in Delaware. Here is a list of fireworks displays in for 2015!

Cape May-Lewes Ferry Fireworks Cruise
Friday, July 3, 2015
5:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Admission: $30/adult; $15/child (under age 12 including infants)
Catch a spectacular fireworks display from the Cape May-Lewes Ferry. Aboard the ferry, you will get perfect view of this year’s fireworks extravaganza.  The cruise departs Lewes at 7:15 p.m. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 800-643-3779.

Lewes' Old Fashioned 4th of July Celebration
July 4, 2015
9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Admission: Free
The City of Lewes continues its long tradition of hosting old-fashioned games for children and the Lewes Fourth of July Boat Parade, which will wind down the Lewes - Rehoboth canal to Fisherman's Wharf. As part of the holiday festivities, there will also be the Doo-Dah Parade. The day is full of fun and exciting things to do for the whole family! (Please note there are no fireworks at this celebration).

Dover FireworksDover 4th of July - A Celebration of Independence in the Capital of the First State
July 4, 2015
Events from 9:00 a.m. - dusk
Fireworks at 9:20 p.m.
Historic tours, food & more take place in historic Dover on July 4th, including an outdoor concert packed with patriotic tunes on Legislative Mall. Fireworks will blast off above Legislative Hall at dusk.

Independence Day Celebration at Bethany Beach
July 4, 2015
Parade: 12:00 p.m. -2:00 p.m.; Fireworks at dusk
Admission: Free
Enjoy an old fashioned 4th of July parade with floats, bikes and marching bands. Plus, live entertainment at the bandstand and fireworks at dusk.

4th of July Celebration at the Wilmington Riverfront
July 4, 2015
2:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Admission: Free
Celebrate the 2015 July 4th Celebration on the Riverfront in Tubman-Garrett Park. Beginning at 2:00 p.m., the festivities will include rides, games, and a 50-foot obstacle course. Plus, fireworks at dusk! There will also be historical reenactments and a crab feast.

Independence Day Celebrations in Laurel
July 4, 2015
Parade 5:00 p.m.; Fireworks 9:00 p.m.
Admission: Free
Enjoy 4th of July festivities with a parade; the Mayor's Cornhole Contest; face painting; and a pie-eating contest at Market Square Park. Wrap up the day with a fantastic fireworks display at dusk.

4th of July Fireworks in Newark
July 4, 2015
6:00 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.
Admission: Free
The annual Independence Day celebration will feature live entertainment, food, arts and crafts, and games at UD’s Athletic Complex on South Avenue. The fireworks will start between 9:00 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.

Fireworks Express - Wilmington & Western Railroad
July 4, 2015
7:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
Admission: Adult: $20; Senior: $19; Children: $16; Children Under 2: FREE
Board the Wilmington & Western Railroad’s Fireworks Express to a festive display in Hockessin. Passengers are welcome to bring coolers, blankets and folding chairs aboard. Please allow 4 hours for the train ride and fireworks show. Reservations are required.

Dewey Beach July 4th Fireworks
July 4, 2015
9:00 p.m.
Admission: Free
Grab a lawn chair or a beach blanket and watch a dazzling fireworks display. Fireworks will be set off from a barge in the bay and will be visible from any bar or restaurant along the bayside in Dewey.

Rehoboth Fireworks 2July 4th Fireworks in Rehoboth Beach
Sunday, July 5, 2015
9:15 p.m.
Admission: Free
Celebrate Independence Day in Rehoboth Beach! A spectacular fireworks display will be launched from the beach and it will be visible up and down the boardwalk. Enjoy live entertainment at the Rehoboth Beach bandstand before and after the fireworks.

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posted on: Friday, Jun 12, 2015 10:07 AM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

Memorial Day Weekend in Delaware 2015 - Travel tips and Events

Start the summer season off right with Delaware travel ideas & tips for enjoying fun in the sun! While you’re having fun, share your travel photos on Pinterest and Instagram by following VisitDelaware and tagging your posts with #Delagram.

Trip Ideas:
Rehoboth Beach∙ Each Delaware beach has its own style and character! Pick your flavor of fun.

∙ Search for Delaware restaurants, hotels and attractions online with helpful Tripadvisor and Yelp Reviews.

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

∙ Planning a Memorial Day BBQ? Serve up some local flavor by offering local wine, beer and spirits from the locations on the Delaware Beer, Wine and Sprits Trail.

Delaware Steamed Crabs∙ Summer in Delaware means its time for delicious steamed crabs. Learn how to pick and eat a steamed crab from a Delaware waterman!

∙ Paddle, hike and bike your way along the Delaware Outdoor Trail.

∙ Spend some time with your fur-family members! Get tips on pet-friendly beach destinations in Delaware.

Beach Travel Tips:
∙ The Cape May-Lewes Ferry is a 90-minute scenic ride for travelers visiting the Delaware beaches from northern locations such as; New Jersey and New York. Vehicle and foot passengers can purchase tickets online or at the ferry terminal. If you’re a vehicle passenger, it is highly recommended to make a reservation.

Jolly Trolley∙ The Jolly Trolley Shuttle Service is a convenient way to travel between Rehoboth and Dewey Beach. Service begins Friday, May 22nd at 5:00 p.m. The summer schedule offers daily service from 8:00 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. Park for $8.00 and receive up to 4 free unlimited ride daily bus passes. All buses are air conditioned, 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.  

∙ From tips on when it is best to travel to parking information, plan ahead with these handy Delaware beach travel tips.

Memorial Day Weekend Events:
Lums Pond State ParkCamping Weekend at Lums Pond State Park
May 22 - 25, 2015

Historic Lewes Farmers Market
8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. at Lewes Historic Society

11th Annual Horseshoe Crab & Shorebird Festival
Saturday, May 23, 2015
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Delaware Breakwater Kayak Eco-Tours at Cape Henlopen State Park
Saturday, May 23, 2015
10:00 a.m.

Jungle Jim’s Water Park - Open for Summer season
May 23, - 25
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Viking Golf Water Park FenwickViking Amusements and Thunder Lagoon Waterpark - Open for Summer season
Open Daily
10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Opening weekend for Killens Pond Water Park
Sunday, May 24, 2015 – Tuesday, May 26, 2015
10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Eating Rehoboth - Walking Food Tours of Rehoboth
Sunday, May 24, 2015
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.


posted on: Tuesday, May 19, 2015 3:21 PM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

Top Summer Concerts in Delaware

When summer arrives, the stage is set in Delaware for some long, freewheeling weekends featuring some of the nation’s top music acts. Savvy music fans from across the East Coast know that Delaware is one of the best destinations for music festivals, thanks to its convenient location in the Mid-Atlantic, its low-cost, tax-free status.

Most of Delaware’s top music festivals also offer a camping option, and all are within quick drive of the state’s beach resorts, should you decide to turn your music pilgrimage into an extended summer break.

Firefly Music Festival StageFirst up in June is the four-day Firefly Music Festival, which in a few short years has become one of the nation’s top showcases of indie rock and other genres, from old-school to modern music’s cutting edge. Year after year, the headliners include the world’s can’t-miss superstars, from the Foo Fighters to Jack Black to Paul McCartney.

Soon after Firefly winds down at The Woodlands, the scene gets buzzing again. The Clifford Brown Jazz Festival features top acts over several days in Wilmington. Back at The Woodlands, Firefly is followed up by the Big Barrel Country Music Festival, which delivers three days of performances by country music’s top superstars.

Be Vincent Van Gogh - ImageIn July, the Delaware State Fair keeps things hopping with a dependably star-studded lineup. More country music gets under way in August at the Delaware Junction Festival, where headliners such as Toby Keith and Jason Aldean have headed the lineup.

And throughout the summer, Freeman Stage at Bayside and the bandstands in Rehoboth Beach and Bethany Beach offer regular concerts that are a perfect side trip for folks vacationing at the Delaware beaches.


posted on: Tuesday, May 19, 2015 1:22 PM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

Top Spring Events in Delaware 2015

Take your pick: The Colonial charms of Old Dover Days; seaside fun at the Horseshoe Crab & Shorebird Festival; or experiencing world-class bird-watching.

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 historic and outdoor celebrations. Take your pick of festival fun here:

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 3, 2015.

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 9-12, 2015.

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 25, 2015.

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 25, 2015.

Dover 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 1-3, 2015.

Delaware birdingDelaware Bird-A-Thon
If you’ve never had a chance to experience the world-class bird-watching available at Delaware’s coastal wildlife preserves, this event is a great way to check it out (and possibly win some prizes). Structured much like a walk-a-thon, the fundraiser challenges participants to count the number of different bird species seen (or heard) in a 24-hour period. May 3-11, 2015.

Wilmington Flower Market
This annual rite of spring -- always held on Mother's Day Weekend -- is beloved for its selection of native plants and artisanal crafts, its carnival rides and food, and the live music that ties it all together. May 7-9, 2015.

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 13-17, 2015.

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. May 23, 2015

St. Anthony’s Italian Festival
There's a soothing old-world charm (along with enough Italian food to please an army) at this week-long celebration in a Wilmington's charming Little Italy. Kids will love the amusement rides; mom and dad will be tempted to join in the nonstop dancing, singing and eating. June 7-14, 2015.

Dogfish Head Analog-A-Go-Go
As Delaware’s premier craft brewer, Dogfish Head has built its reputation on a unique brand of comforting, comfortable quirkiness, an attitude typified by its annual Analog-A-Go-Go, billed as an “annual vinyl swap and cask beer fest.” Held at both the Milton brewery and Rehoboth Beach brewpub, the fest includes live music, artisans and vendors, a vinyl swap shop, and of course, beer. June 12-13, 2015.

Old New CastleSeparation Day in Old New Castle
This annual event marks two momentous occasions in Delaware’s history, both of which occurred in 1776 – on the same day that year, Delaware declared itself independent, or “separated,” from both Britain and Pennsylvania. These days, that brave move is marked with craft beer, food trucks, Colonial games and music, an arts and crafts festival, amusement rides and even a wrestling demo or two. June 12-13, 2015.

June Jam
Billed as “Delaware’s best outdoor concert," the June Jam's annual shindig in Houston has included such national acts as Kansas, Molly Hatchet, 38 Special, and Cheap Trick, along with fun and games for the kids, and vendors to satisfy almost any need. June 13, 2015.

Clifford Brown Jazz Festival
In tribute to the Wilmington man who was one of the greatest jazz trumpeters of all time, the Clifford Brown Jazz Festival routinely features top musicians, and always offers free admission. June 17-20, 2015.

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 27-28, 2015.


posted on: Friday, Jan 16, 2015 12:34 PM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

Make it a holly, jolly winter with top holiday events in Delaware

There’s a special magic to the season this year and every year in Delaware, where holiday celebrations are a beloved and remarkably diverse part of the culture. The best take advantage of the state’s historic legacy – turning the Colonial village of Old New Castle into a scene from a Dickens novel, or transforming the lovely town of Lewes into a seaside celebration of light.

Others are just plain fun – a ride on an authentic steam train with Santa, or the city-wide celebration that is Newark’s Winterfest. When you’re looking for something a little more spirited to do in those weeks before the holiday hits, check out these top events:

Wilmington and Western RailroadSanta Claus Express on the Wilmington and Western Railroad
November 29 – 30, 2014
Location: Wilmington and Western Railroad, 2201 Newport Gap Pike, Wilmington, DE 19808
Times: 12:30 P.M. and 2:30 P.M.
Admission: Adults: $18.00; Seniors (60+): $17.00; Children (2-12): $16.00; Children (under 2): Free
Why stand in line at the mall and wait to see Santa, when you can ride our train and have Santa come to you? The Jolly Old Elf himself rides the train and greets everyone on board, and gives all children a chocolate treat. And he may bring Mrs. Claus with him! Be sure to bring your camera and have Santa pose for pictures with your child during this 1½-hour round-trip to Ashland.

Zoo Lights & Christmas Nights
Fridays and Saturdays, November 28 – December 27, 2014
Location: 3 Palms Petting Zoo, 924 Blackbird Forest Road, Clayton, DE 19938
Times: 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Admission: $10.00
Phone: 302-715-1326
3 Palms Petting Zoo is transformed into a celebration of lights, giving visitors a chance to get a nighttime peek at Rosie the Raccoon and Peaches the Opossum. Roast marshmallows, sip hot chocolate, enjoy holiday sounds, and whisper your special Christmas wishes in Santa's ear.

Rehoboth Beach Tree Lighting & Hometown Sing-a-longRehoboth Beach Tree Lighting
November 28, 2014
6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Bundle up and gather at the Rehoboth Beach Bandstand for the annual holiday tree lighting and hometown sing-a-long.

Georgetown Christmas Parade
December 4, 2014
Begins at 7:00 p.m.
The annual Georgetown Christmas Parade ushers in the holiday season with marching bands and floats designed to represent this year’s theme of “Simply Christmas.” The Georgetown Parade has also become known as the Christmas ‘Balloon’ Parade with nearly 1,500 helium balloons expected at this year’s parade.

Downtown Milford Holiday Stroll
December 5, 2014
Times: 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Come enjoy live entertainment, visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus, enjoy a horse-drawn carriage ride and sip cocoa as you stroll through downtown Milford.

Winterfest In Newark
December 5, 2014
Location: Downtown Newark, Main Street, Newark, DE 19711
Times: 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
The entire family will enjoy an evening of holiday entertainment, roasting chestnuts, caroling, tree lighting and much more.

A Farmer's Christmas
December 6, 2014
Location: Delaware Agricultural Museum and Village, 866 N. DuPont Hwy., Dover, DE 19901
Times: 1 p.m.-5 p.m.
Admission: $1- $5
See a real woodworker and a blacksmith at work. Listen to carolers in St. Thomas Church and watch a live woodstove cooking demonstration in a real summer kitchen. Visit our Loockerman Landing Train Station for some ghost stories. There will be lots of holiday crafts for children to make and take home, historical craft demonstrations inside, and holiday music.

Christmas Tour of Lewes
December 6, 2014
Location: Downtown Lewes, Delaware
Admission: Advance tickets $20 each; $25 on the day of the tour. Children under 12 are free when accompanied by an adult
Times: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
This self-guided tour features this lovely seaside town’s historic houses decorated for the season. Several area churches have special lunches, and the Lewes Yacht Club has lunch and an indoor Craft Fair.

Christmas in Odessa InteriorChristmas in Odessa
December 6, 2014
Location: Historic Odessa, 506 High St., Odessa, DE 19730
Times: 10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Admission: $15.00 - $20.00
The Colonial-era homes of Odessa are the stars of this self-guided walking tour of private homes and public buildings decorated for the holidays. In addition to the house tour, many special events are included in the ticket price.

Sankta Lucia Celebration
December 7, 2014
Location: Old Swedes (Holy Trinity) Church, 606 Church St, Wilmington, DE 19801
Times: 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.
Admission: Free
In Sweden, the traditional celebration of the Feast Day of Sankta Lucia is still marked by light and music. That tradition comes alive at the annual celebration at Old Swedes Church. An authentic ceremony is accompanied by Swedish refreshments and tours of the Hendrickson House Museum, decorated for a Swedish Christmas.

Dickens Christmas historic New Castle"A Dickens Experience" in Historic New Castle
December 13, 2014
Location: Amstel House, 2 East Fourth St., New Castle, DE 19720
Times: 10 am - 4 pm
Admission: Free
The Charles Dickens' classic "A Christmas Carol" comes to life on the streets of Old New Castle, featuring candlelight tours at Read House & Gardens, musical performances and other entertainment. Visitors will walk from one historic site to the next along New Castle's charming brick sidewalks, lined with festive luminaries, and may even meet a group of carolers along the way.

Milton Holly Festival
December 13, 2014
Location: Milton Fire Station, 116 Front Street, Milton, DE 19968
Times: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
The Holly Festival features fine handcrafts (in the Fire Hall and in Goshen Hall); sales of unique decorative crafts, gifts and holiday treats (by area merchants); the very popular Holiday House Tour (at 2:30); and of course a visit from Santa.

Festive Foods - Holiday Hearth Cooking Demonstrations
Saturdays from December 13 – 27, 2014
Location: Historic Houses of Odessa, Second and Main streets, Odessa, DE 19730
Times: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Imagine the crackle of a blazing fire and the delicious flavors of holiday cooking. Join the Historic Odessa Foundation for a hearth cooking demonstration featuring mouthwatering 18th century foods.


posted on: Monday, Nov 10, 2014 2:52 PM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

This year, see Christmas through the eyes of the DuPonts

The holidays were special times in the DuPont family. No expense was spared in making their mansions suitably splendid for the holiday seasons, places where the elaborate decorations outdone only by the sumptuous feasts.

Today, you can relive those days of holiday grandeur at each of the three public museums that now occupy these mansions – Winterthur, Hagley and Nemours. Each year, people from around the country make it a point to lift their holiday spirits with a visit, or to perhaps enjoy a special visit with Santa. Here are the highlights that await:

Yuletide at Winterthur - ImageWinterthur Museum, Garden and Library: This massive mansion is decked out each year in the most tasteful decorations, with the aim of re-creating the look and feel of how holidays were celebrated by the DuPont family when this was their home. Highlights include a woodland path in the winter garden (part of a 1,000-acre rolling meadow preserve), several walk-through room and food displays, and vistas of elaborately decorated trees. Winterthur also offers many events, workshops and performances during the holiday season, including Yuletide Brunches and appearances by Santa. November 22, 2014 – January 4, 2015.

Holidays at Hagley Exhibit - ImageHagley Museum and Library: The DuPont family’s ancestral home -- Eleutherian Mills – is transformed over the holidays, transporting visitors back to the Christmas spirit of the 19th and early 20th centuries. Highlights of the Holidays at Hagley celebration include a full schedule of events, including seminars, family programs, gift-making activities, brunches, and tours. November 28, 2014 – January 6, 2015.

Nemours Mansion Holiday ToursNemours Mansion & Gardens: At Delaware's most ornate DuPont mansion, annual Holiday Tours give visitors a chance to see how the family celebrated the season. The estate is decorated with a gingerbread house of the mansion, Christmas trees, paper filigree quilling, original toys, ornaments and more. November 8 – December 31, 2014.


posted on: Monday, Nov 10, 2014 2:03 PM
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.

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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.

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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

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