No matter your celebration style, Delaware has something to offer every traveler on Independence Day - from a calm evening on the water to a booming fireworks show. As one of the 13 original colonies, Delaware has long, rich history and heritage and there is an abundance of festivities planned for the Fourth of July celebration.
Here are the top suggestions in order of date and start time.
Rehoboth Beach – Independence Day Fireworks, 9:15 PM
Get your toes in the sand during a memorable fireworks show. Launched from the beach, the best view is from the sand. The Jolly Trolley is a fun option to get around before and after the show.
Lewes – Fireworks Cruise, 7:15 PM
Enjoy a splendid fireworks show during a cruise on the Cape May Lewes Ferry. The cruise, departing from Lewes at 7:15 p.m. and returning at 11 p.m. will be one to remember. Enjoy live music and excellent food and drinks during the show. Tickets go fast, so reserve yours online here.
Lewes – Old Fashioned Fourth of July Celebration, 9 AM – 6 PM
Take a walk back in time at the all-day Independence Day celebration. The long-held tradition have children playing 19th century games in the streets of the small town.
Bethany Beach – “Bethany Beach Celebrates the Fourth of July 2017,” noon
The patriotic celebration starts early in the quiet beach town, kicking off with a parade at noon followed by a mid-day music festival featuring 12 bands beginning at 2:30. The day wraps up with a fireworks show to remember.
Dover – 4th of July Celebration
This all-day celebration starts with vendors and food trucks galore along with plenty of games and activities for the kids and concludes with fireworks bursting over Legislative Hall.
Wilmington – Fireworks Express at the Wilmington & Western Railroad, 7 PM
Embark on a short train ride from the Greenbank Station to Hockessin for the annual fireworks show. The train will return at approximately 11 p.m. Purchase tickets in advance here.
Dewey Beach – Fireworks, 9:15 PM
Dine at your favorite bay-side restaurant or have a drink and listen to some good music at one of Dewey’s famous bars to see the beautiful fireworks show over the bay. Walk to the bay or take the Jolly Trolley. Some of the best views can be found at Que Pasa or the Rusty Rudder.
Smyrna – Parade, 9:30 AM
For early risers, start your day off at Smyrna’s annual Fourth of July parade which draws floats from organizations across the state. Bring a lawn chair and get comfortable on Commerce Street for the festive parade.
Fireworks, 9:15 PM
Lay a blanket in the field across from Smyrna High School’s baseball diamonds for the spectacular annual fireworks show.