USS Delaware

Commissioning of the USS Delaware

Celebrate the commissioning of the USS Delaware this spring with a trip to Delaware. Either before or after the commanding officer and crew board the submarine and the official celebration takes place, extend the fun when you explore more two centuries of Delaware history that lie within a two hour drive of the Port of Wilmington.

First State National Historical Park – Delaware’s only National Park is spread across eight historical sites throughout the state including Beaver Valley, Fort Christina and Old Swedes Church in Wilmington, New Castle Court House and Sheriff’s House in New Castle, the Green and John Dickinson Plantation in Dover and the Ryves Holt House in Lewes.

First State Heritage Park – Learn about Delaware history at this park without boundaries! You’ll visit sites dating back to pre-colonial times where you can explore the American Revolution, Civil War and beyond. Start on the Green in Dover – a hub of activity in colonial times, home to the Old State House and the Golden Fleece Tavern where the decision to approve the Bill of Rights was made.

Air Mobility Command Museum – Explore the history of military aviation at this museum where you’ll be among the largest and most complete collection of fully restored U.S. military aircraft in the eastern United States. Learn the history on a self-guided tour or speak with a staff member – all of whom are volunteers with extensive knowledge of U.S. military history and the aircraft on display.

Fort Miles Historical Area – Set along Delaware’s beautiful shoreline in Cape Henlopen State Park, you’ll find Fort Miles – a World War II military base that served as coastal defense through the 1970s. Formerly home to more than 2,500 soldiers, you can explore what remains of the base including six barracks, a gun battery, fire control tower and artillery park.

Delaware History Trail – Visit Delaware’s most significant historical sites during your trip with the help of the Delaware History Trail. Simply download your passport to view the list of top sites and record the location codes to get one step closer to a free prize! Each of the above locations counts toward the six sites needed to complete the trail – just make sure you visit at least one in each county before turning in your passport.

For tickets to the April 4, 2020 commissioning ceremony, please fill out the form here.