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Delaware is home to fun festivals and year-round events, come discover what’s happening during your visit.

During spring, history comes to life with the family-friendly Dover Days Festival and the season blooms into colorful landscapes at the Mt. Cuba Center Wildflower Celebration. As the summer heats up, the East Coast’s premier music experience, Firefly Music Festival, brings big-name music acts to Dover. Then, summer celebrations continue with Fourth of July in the First State, featuring fireworks, concerts and more.

Fall brings high-flying action at the World Championship Punkin Chunkin competition, as well as witches and fiddles during the Sea Witch Halloween and Fiddler’s Festival. In October, get a taste of local wineries and breweries during the Delaware Wine and Beer Festival. To round out the year of fun events, during the holiday season, experience the du Pont mansions decked out in their holiday splendor.

Searching for upcoming events? Visit the Delaware Tourism Office blog for the latest updates on weekend events in Delaware. 

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Thursday Jul 04, 2013

Featured Events

Bethany Beach 4th of July Fireworks

July 4, 2013
Enjoy 4th of July festivities in scenic Bethany Beach! During the day, there will be a parade and concert at the bandstand. Then, at the dusk the fireworks will light up the sky! The fireworks can be seen from almost anywhere in Bethany Beach but, it is suggested to view them from the beach or boadwalk.  More

Calendar of Events

Dover 4th of July - A Celebration Of Independence In The Capital Of The First State

July 4, 2013
  • Location: Legislative Mall - Dover
  • Times: 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. Fireworks begin at 9:20 p.m.
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Enjoy historic exhibits and tours throughout the day, the American Legion parade, hours of musical performances on Legislative Mall, free children's activities, and food and craft vendors. It all leads to an exciting fireworks finish! More

Fourth of July Fireworks and Liberty Day

July 4, 2013
  • Location: UD Athletic Complex
  • Address: 631 South College Ave., Newark, DE 19716
  • Times: 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
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Food, music and fireworks are part of the annual Liberty Day celebration that will once again take over the southern part of Newark and the University of Delaware campus from 6-9 p.m. July 4. The fireworks blast off at the University of Delaware's David M. Nelson Athletic Complex on South College Avenue at Del. 896 (near Delaware Stadium), but they can be viewed from various points throughout the area. Call 366-7147 for weather updates.   More

Lewes' Old Fashioned 4th of July

July 4, 2013
  • Location: Lewes - Various Locations In Town
  • Times: All Day
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Old-fashioned children's games and activities on Second Street beginning at 9 am. Decorated boat parade on the canal beginning at 2 pm. Afterward, join in (or simply watch) the fun as the Annual Doo-Dah Parade takes to the streets of downtown Lewes. Jump in if you want to....No need to register or even to plan ahead....Just bring your own fun spirit and kazoo or bicycle or wagon or yo-yo or hula-hoop or anything family fun-oriented. Parade route: Manila Avenue, Kings Highway, Savannah Road,… More

Rehoboth Beach Fourth of July Fireworks

July 4, 2013
  • Location: Rehoboth Beach
  • Times: 8:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. Fireworks begin at 9:15 p.m.
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July 4th Fireworks in Rehoboth Beach are presented by Main Street & Zambelli Internationale. Gather on the boardwalk and shoreline in Rehoboth Beach for a marvelous fireworks display. Please note: Fireworks could go off as early as 8:00 PM if weather is threatening.  An early start will be due to emergency procedures, keeping in mind the safety of the public.  Please call 302-227-2772 for weather updates and plan to arrive in town early. More

The Red, White, and Blue July 4th Celebration

July 4, 2013
  • Location: Tubman-Garrett Riverfront Park
  • Address: 80 Rosa Parks Drive, Wilmington, DE 19801
  • Times: 4:00 p.m. - 9:45 p.m.
"The Red, White, and Blue July 4th Celebration" takes place July 4 in Tubman-Garrett Park along the Riverwalk. After a day's worth of events, the Delaware Symphony Orchestra will perform a 75-minute finale concert boasting patriotic music that will lead up to fireworks at about 9:45 p.m. In the case of rain, the concert and fireworks will take place on July 5. More

"Any Forecast is Great for Golf"

July 04 – 07, 2013
  • Address: 20054 Shuttle Road, Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Times: 8 AM to Dusk
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Any Forecast is Great For Golf Rehoboth Golf Park is just minutes from Lewes Beach, Rehoboth Beach & Dewey Beach. Mention that you found us through the Delaware Tourism web site and you can play all day for $15 plus get a free club rental set or pull cart! We are directly across from the DELDOT Park & Ride where you can catch a bus into downtown Rehoboth Beach for the FIREWORKS. Children 12 and under play for FREE with a paying adult & adults can play all day for $15 from Wednesday,… More

French Twist: Masterworks of Photography from Atget to Man Ray

July 04 – September 15, 2013
French Twist, our highly anticipated summer exhibition, features 100 vintage prints from the golden age of French photography, 1910–1940. The exhibition celebrates the variety and inventiveness of native and immigrant photographers working in France in the early 20th century. The selection encompasses Eugène Atget’s lyrical views of Paris streets and gardens, Man Ray’s surrealist experiments, and Henri Cartier-Bresson’s pioneering photojournalism, as well as works… More

Grab a Group and Go! Rock Climbing

July 04 – October 19, 2013
  • Location: Alapocas Run State Park
  • Address: 165 Bancroft Mill Road, Wilmington, DE 19806
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Times: Scheduled when booking program
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Book a two-hour private climb. Staff will instruct, guide and belay climbers. Helmets, harness and ropes provided. Ages 8 and up; children under 18 must be accompanied by parent. Registration and full payment required at least two weeks in advance. More

Centennial Tea Service at Hotel DuPont

July 04 – December 31, 2013
  • Location: Green Room, Hotel du Pont
  • Address: 11th and Market St., Wilmington, DE 19801
  • Venue: Green Room, Hotel du Pont
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Times: 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
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The Centennial Tea features our new centennial tea blend, created especially for the Hotel du Pont’s centennial celebration.  This tea is infused with a burst of pineapple, the international symbol of hospitality, to commemorate our commitment for 100 years.  Also featured at our Centennial Tea are various blends from the Delaware Art Museum and several DuPont Estates in the Brandywine Valley.  Choose from Longwood, Winterthur, Hagley, and Nemours teas. Throughout the year,… More

Common Destinations: Maps in the American Experience

July 4, 2013 – January 6, 2014
The latest major exhibition at Winterthur delves into how maps in the 18th and 19th centuries they were key to the American experience and became the social glue that bound a young nation into a community. The exhibition features traditional maps on paper rare and interesting map–related objects from Winterthur’s collection, illustrating American's changing interactions with maps. More

Fashion Meets Science: Introducing Nylon

July 4, 2013 – March 31, 2014
Seventy-five years ago on October 27, 1938, a brand new material named nylon was announced to the public. Created in DuPont’s labs, nylon replaced silk in the ladies hosiery industry. Nylon was so popular that its early sales created near riots because demand was so high. Hagley’s exhibition will discuss the early development of nylon and its impact on the fashion industry. Exhibition included with admission. The exhibition will be open through March 31, 2014. More

On-Going Events

4th of July Celebration in Wilmington!

July 4, 2013
Celebrate the 4th at this festival which will include musical entertainment, family activities, a marine event, food vendors and more.  Sponsored by the City of WIlmington and Cityfest, Inc. More

4th of July: Freedom Flags

July 4, 2013
Celebrate America’s independence by creating flags to wave during the fireworks. More

Bellevue State Park Summer Concert Series

July 04 – August 25, 2013
  • Location: Bellevue State Park
  • Address: 720 Carr Road, Wilmington, DE 19809
  • Venue: Bellevue State Park
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Sunday, Thursday
  • Times: 6:30-8 p.m.
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Join us on Sunday and Thursday evenings this summer for our free Summer Concert Series! Bring a picnic and blanket or lawn chair for ultimate comfort. Our summer line-up consists of something for everyone, from blues and jazz to swing and big band music. This program is made possible, in part, by grants from the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency dedicated to nurturing and supporting the arts in Delaware, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts. For more information… More

"Hydro-Inspired" Photography Exhibit

July 04 – September 2, 2013
Photo submissions from members of the Delaware Photographic Society interpret the theme of water in dramatic fashion in a display in the Museum’s patio hallway, leading visitors in to Water’s Extreme Journey. The Delaware Photographic Society is one of the oldest camera clubs in the country and was first organized as the Delaware Camera Club in 1931. More

Water's Extreme Journey

July 04 – September 2, 2013
This exhibit takes visitors on an exciting and important adventure quest for clean water.  Experience the watershed as a water drop, exploring first-hand the science behind the water cycle.  Water's Extreme Journey was created by world-renowned marine life artist Wyland and Seattle-based Minotaur Mazes. More

Go Ape at Lums Pond State Park!

July 04 – September 7, 2013
  • Location: Lums Pond State Park
  • Address: 1068 Howell School Rd, Bear, DE 19701
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
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The first and only zip line and treetop adventure course in Delaware, located south of Wilmington and just minutes from I-95 in Bear.  Four zip lines take you high over Lums Pond, the largest freshwater pond in Delaware.  Overall there are 5 individual sections within the course - rope ladders, 42 exciting crossings including Double Stirrups, and stunning views that take you higher into the forest canopy.  The Park also offers biking and hiking trails, a disc golf course,… More

New Sweden at 375

July 04 – September 28, 2013
  • Location: Delaware Historical Society
  • Address: 505 Market Street, Wilmington, DE 19801
  • Venue: Delaware Historical Society
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
  • Times: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
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New Sweden at 375—New exhibit in the Willingtown Square Gallery. This year marks the 375th anniversary of the founding of New Sweden, the first permanent European settlement in the Delaware River Valley. Despite its brief life, the colony left an indelible mark on the cultural memory of Wilmingtonians and Swedes alike.  Now open in the Willingtown Square Gallery, New Sweden at 375 tells the story of this unique colony and the efforts of Delawareans to keep its history alive. Come… More

Cool Springs Farmers Market

July 04 – October 17, 2013
  • Location: Lower Cool Spring Park
  • Address: 710 North Lincoln Street, Wilmington, DE 19805
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Thursday
  • Times: 4-8 PM
A community-based initiative to promote access to fresh, health and delicious vegetables and produce in Wilmington's West Side, held in conjunction with "West Side Grows." More

Opening of 'The Legacy of Currier and Ives: Shaping the American Spirit'

July 04 – October 27, 2013
When Nathanial Currier, a young businessman in New York City, published a lithograph in 1835 showing Planters Hotel in New Orleans after a fire, it ushered in a new era of pictorial journalism. The print established the firm which was to achieve its greatest fame as "Currier & Ives" after 1857 when James Merritt Ives became a partner. Over the next seven decades, the firm consistently provided the public with images that recorded the breaking news of the day. However, as the… More

 

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