The Dover Post presents a guide to Independence Day celebrations

Dover Fourth of July celebrations

9 a.m.-6 p.m.
First State Heritage Park Welcome Center and Galleries
121 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard North

Take the Capital Challenge by visiting the sites within First State Heritage Park to complete a special holiday scavenger hunt through Dover’s cultural treasures. Win a prize.
The Old State House on The Green
Guided tours throughout the day. Enjoy “Thunder and Rain”– a feature film about Caesar Rodney’s historic ride for independence playing throughout the day.

John Bell House on The Green
Simple Pleasures: 18th-century Games and Amusements
Colonial games and activities – for children of all ages

9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Legislative Hall – Delaware’s State Capitol Building, 411 Legislative Avenue
“The Laws of Fun”: Tour our state’s capitol building and learn about legislation that created and protected state and national parks. A photo ID is required for adults.

9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Johnson Victrola Museum, 375 S. New Street
“Stars and Stripes”: Enjoy patriotic music played on original Victrola talking machines

9 a.m.-9 p.m.
Biggs Museum of American Art, 406 Federal Street

Stop in to see the museum’s special exhibition of Rembrandt etchings, a special exhibition of needlework samplers from 18th and 19th century Delaware, and the museum’s permanent collection of American paintings, furniture and silver. There will also be a special Biggs kids craft for children of all ages.

12:30 and 4:30 p.m.
Dover’s Heroes of the Revolution Walking Tour
Meet at the John Bell House on The Green
Dover was a hotbed of revolutionary and loyalist activity during the struggle for American Independence. Hear of such valiant figures as John Haslet, John Patton and Dr. James Tilton.
2 and 4 p.m.
National Bell-Ringing Ceremony
The Old State House on The Green
Every Independence Day bells ring across America’s 13 original colonies at 2 p.m. to jointly celebrate the birth of our nation. Includes a reading of the Declaration of Independence and the ringing of the Old State House bell.
2:30 p.m.
Tales of Slavery and Freedom Walking Tour
Meet at the John Bell House on The Green
Find out how a brave group of runaway slaves known as the Dover Eight made a daring escape from the Dover jail. Hear about famous African-American Richard Allen and his connections to the Golden Fleece Tavern.

4-10 p.m.
Food and Craft Vendors
Peruse and buy from a variety of food and craft vendors on Martin Luther King Blvd. North.

5-9 p.m.
Free Children’s Activities
Moonbounces, pony rides and petting zoo on the west end of Legislative Mall, near the Liberty Bell replica and in front of the Biggs Museum.
6 p.m.
Old Fashioned Fourth of July Parade
Sponsored by the American Legion Walter L. Fox Post No. 2, a patriotic parade with music, marchers, antique cars and more through downtown. The parade route is along State Street, starting at Hazel Road and ending just past The Green.
7 p.m.
287th Army Band of the Delaware National Guard
The band will play from 7 until the fireworks, showcasing a variety of musical styles and performing in different ensemble arrangements, including brass ensemble, rock band and full concert band.
8 p.m.
Opening Ceremony
Ceremony featuring C-17 flyover, Pledge of Allegiance and national anthem, led by Mayor Robin Christiansen in front of Legislative Hall.
8:15 p.m.
287th Army Band of the Delaware National Guard continues with a concert of patriotic, pop and band classics in front of Legislative Hall, leading up to the fireworks show.
Dusk – about 9:20 p.m.
Fireworks
The 2018 Dover Fourth of July fireworks show by Serpico Fireworks, set to this year’s musical theme. In the event of rain or high winds, fireworks will be Saturday, July 7.

 Here are some additional activities in the area:

 Walter L. Fox American Legion Post No. 2, 835 S. Bay Road, Dover

Celebrate Independence Day with America’s military veterans at the Walter L. Fox American Legion Post No. 2. from 5 until 10 p.m. Enjoy traditional holiday fare, including hot dogs and hamburgers and all the trappings, and a cash bar. The Jimmy Cochrane Band will play from 6 until 10 p.m. Everyone is invited to watch the Dover fireworks celebration from the Post’s covered pavilion.

Veterans of Foreign Wars Vinson/Chason Post No. 3238, 166 Old Camden Road, Camden

The Vinson/Chason Post will hold a short flag ceremony at 11 a.m. with a guest speaker. The ceremony will be followed by food, including hot dogs and hamburgers. The public is welcome.