Delaware fireworks guide 2015

 Fireworks explode over Rehoboth Beach in 2014. (Chuck Snyder/for NewsWorks)

Fireworks explode over Rehoboth Beach in 2014. (Chuck Snyder/for NewsWorks)

Where can I see fireworks in Delaware? We’ve got you covered with a list of festivities for the Independence Day weekend from Wilmington to Rehoboth.

Delaware will celebrate the Fourth of July with parades, good food (including eating contests), plenty of live music and of course fireworks. Here’s where it’s happening:


Celebration starts at 2 p.m. at Tubman-Garrett Park with rides, games, live music and an obstacle course. Fireworks at dusk.

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Fireworks at the University of Delaware athletic complex. Live music starts at 6 p.m.

Elsmere (July 3) 

July 3: live entertainment starts at 5 p.m. at Fairgrounds Park in Elsmere. Fireworks display at dusk.


Parade starts at 3 p.m. along Old Lancaster Pike from Kenwick Rd. to Valley Rd. Debut of new eating contest dubbed the “Great American Gut Buster Food Devouring Spectacle” will be held at 2:30 p.m. at George & Sons Seafood. Fireworks at dusk at the Hockessin Public Library.


Middletown Jaycees 3rd annual parade starts at 10 a.m. starting at Everett Meredith Middle School and heads down S. Broad St. and turns onto Main St. before ending at S. Scott St. Fireworks display will be held at Silver Lake Park at dusk.


Parade through town on Main St. starting at 9:30 a.m. Day-long carnival at George C. Wright Memorial Park starts at 10 a.m. Fireworks at dusk across from Smyrna High School on Duck Creek Parkway.


Day long activities starting at 9 a.m. near Legislative Hall. Parade at 6 p.m. along State St., starting at Hazel Rd. and ending just past The Green. Concert by the 287th Army Band of the Delaware National Guard at 8 p.m. leads up to the fireworks around 9:20 p.m.

Bethany Beach

Parade starts at noon at the intersection of Pennsylvania and Garfield Parkway and will take its traditional 2-mile route through the town. Live music at the bandstand at 7:30 p.m. followed by fireworks at dusk.


Boat parade winds through the Lewes-Rehoboth Canal to Fisherman’s Wharf starting at 1:30 p.m. The traditional Doo-Dah parade starts at 5 p.m. on Manilla Dr., then turns onto Kings Hwy. No fireworks display in Lewes.


A cornhole tournament, a clown, face painting and pie eating contest and other activities will be held in Market Square Park starting at 4 p.m. Little Miss Independence Pageant starts at 7 p.m. followed by live music and fireworks at dusk.

Dewey Beach

Fireworks at dusk launched from a barge in the Rehoboth Bay.

Rehoboth Beach (July 5) 

Live music at the bandstand starting at 8 p.m. followed by fireworks launched from the beach at 9:15 p.m.

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