NewsWorks’ guide to July 4th fireworks in Delaware

 (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

(AP Photo/Dave Martin)

Although stormy weather may be in the forecast, numerous communities across Delaware are planning to celebrate the 4th of July with fireworks.

In addition to fireworks, residents will be participating in parades, musical performances and other formal and informal observations of Independence Day. Here’s a list of events happening on Friday, weather permitting, of course:


Delaware’s largest city will host a fireworks celebration along the Wilmington Riverfront. A variety of live musical acts will take the stage, including the sounds of blues and soul from Deb Callahan, progressive pop from Minshara, R&B music from Mozaic Flow and some Latin sounds from Miguel Orland y Su Con Conjunto. In addition to music, there will also be historical reenactments, games, rides, and more. Roads leading to the Riverfont will be closed at 8:30 p.m.


City leaders in Newark say about 18,000 people attend its annual Independence Day celebration, which also includes live music from The Reunion, who will take the state at the UD Athletic Complex at 6 p.m. The Juggling Hoffmans will perform at 7:15, and Club Phred takes the stage at 7:45. Fireworks begin at dusk. 


The Hockessin parade will be held along Old Lancaster Pike starting at 3 p.m. The fireworks display will go off at dusk near the Hockessin Public Library. The Wilmington and Western Railroad will also host a “Fireworks Express” train that takes passengers from Greenbank Station to Hockessin for the fireworks. Reservations are required.


Middletown will host a fireworks display at dusk at Silver Lake Park. The park will open at 6 p.m. Earlier in the day, the Middletown Jaycees will host a parade starting at 10 a.m. through the downtown area. The parade will head down Broad St. to Cochran Square, then left onto Main St., left onto S. Scott St., left onto W. Cochran St., right onto S. Cass St., left onto W. Park Pl. The parade should be over by 11:00am.


Residents can celebrate Independence Day with a full day of activities in Dover, from a historic scavenger hunt to flag-making crafts for the kids. An “Old-Fashioned 4th of July Parade” organized by the American Legion will start at 6 p.m. The parade route is down State Street, starting at Hazel Road and ending just past The Green.  At 8 p.m. the 287th Army Band of the Delaware National Guard will present a concert of patriotic, pop and other favorites, finishing with Tchaikovsky’s exciting “Overture 1812” – complete with cannons – leading into the fireworks in front of Legislative Hall. The fireworks are scheduled to go off around 9:25 p.m.


An Old-Fashioned 4th will be celebrated in Lewes, with a boat parade on the canal at 2 p.m. and old fashioned games for children. The annual Doo-Dah parade will be held at 4 p.m. Lewes will not have a fireworks display.

Rehoboth Beach

The fireworks in Rehoboth Beach will launch over the beach and boardwalk around 9:15 p.m. A live performance by the Funsters will be held before and after the fireworks.

Bethany Beach

The festivities get started in Bethany with a noon parade that begins at the intersection of Pennsylvania Avenue and Garfield Parkway. The Warrior Spirit Band will perform at 7:30 p.m. with a fireworks display to follow at dusk.


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