To help you plan and celebrate Independence Day, we’ve compiled a list of some of the professional firework displays and events in the area. Remember, setting off your own fireworks is extremely dangerous, and it’s best to visit these shows to have a safe and happy holiday.
New Castle County, DE
Wilmington – Celebrate on the Riverfront in Tubman-Garrett Park on Saturday, July 4th. Beginning at 2 p.m. there will be rides, games, an obstacle course, historical reenactments, arts and crafts, face painting, food and drink vendors, live music, a firework show, and much more.
Newark – Go to Newark’s annual Liberty Day and Fireworks celebration on Saturday, July 4th at the University of Delaware Athletic Complex. Enjoy live entertainment, food vendors, crafts, and much more beginning at 6 p.m. The firework display will begin at dusk.
Middletown – The Middletown Jaycees will begin the 4th of July celebration with a parade through downtown Middletown at 10 a.m. The firework display will be held at Silver Lake Park at dusk. Food will be provided by area non-profit organizations.
Kent County, DE
Dover – The celebration begins at 9 a.m. in downtown Dover on Saturday, July 4th. There will be live music, food vendors, historical tours, activities, games, a parade, and more. The fireworks will begin around 9 p.m.
Smyrna – A parade through downtown Smyrna kicks off the festivities at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 4th. The celebration continues through the day with a carnival, contests, concession stands, live music, and a fireworks display at dusk across from Smyrna High School on Duck Creek Parkway.
Sussex County, DE
Lewes – The 4th of July celebration begins at 9 a.m. on Saturday July 4th on Second Street with children’s games. Then the boat parade will make its way down the Lewes-Rehoboth canal, beginning at the Roosevelt Inlet at 1:30 p.m. and reaching the judges stand at Fisherman’s Wharf around 2 p.m. The famous Doo-Dah Parade will begin around 5 p.m. on Manila Avenue and turn down Kings Highway. If you want to see fireworks, hop on the Cape May-Lewes ferry at 7:15 p.m.
Rehoboth Beach – This city’s fireworks will take place Sunday, July 5th around 9:15 p.m. Gather on the boardwalk and beach and enjoy live entertainment at the bandstand before and after the display.
Dewey Beach – Fireworks on Saturday, July 4th begin at dusk. They will be set off from a barge in the Rehoboth Bay, visible from just about any place along the bayside in Dewey.
Bethany Beach – Bethany’s 4th of July celebration includes a float parade at 12 p.m. starting on Pennsylvania Avenue, a horseshoe throwing contest at 2 p.m., and live music on the bandstand at 7:30 p.m. Fireworks will go off at Wellington Parkway at dusk.
Milton – The celebration starts at 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 4th in Memorial Park. Activities include a picnic, dunk tank, pie-baking contest, bike-decorating contest and parade, live entertainment, and more.
Downington – The town’s Good Neighbor Day for the 4th of July holiday includes a 5k run, carnival rides, games, live music, and a fireworks display at dusk in Kerr Park.
Nottingham – Entertainment, activities, live music, and food for this July 4th celebration begin at 6 p.m. in Nottingham County Park. The 30-minute firework show will go off around 9:30 p.m.
Eastern Shore of Maryland
Ocean City – Come over to N. Division Street on the boardwalk for a free concert at 8 p.m. on Saturday, July 4th, followed by fireworks at 9:30 p.m.
Salisbury – Red, White, and Boom activities on Saturday, July 4th begin at 6:30 p.m. at Wicomico County Stadium. Field activities include face painting, a parade, a magician, food vendors, and more. The fireworks will begin at 9:15 p.m.
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