Millsboro, Rehoboth Beach have events June 30 and July 1

Here are a few of the Fourth of July celebrations taking place next week:


The fireworks and the day’s festivities are rain or shine. The annual Hockessin Fourth of July Parade begins at 3 p.m. at the top of Old Lancaster Pike, ending at Valley Road at roughly 4:30 p.m., when the winners are announced at the bandstand by George and Son’s Seafood, 1216 Old Lancaster Pike.

Old Lancaster Pike will be closed to traffic between Kenwick and Valley Roads from 1:45 p.m. to the end of the parade.

Participants are needed and welcome, particularly musical groups and antique/classic cars. To sign up your business, community group or nonprofit, an antique car, or to register a float, see

To sponsor this year’s parade, contact Michele Priest at, or at 302-419-6648.

The fireworks display begins at dusk, with the main viewing areas at Swift Park, the Piedmont Baseball Fields, the Hockessin Library and the Artesian soccer fields. Lawn chairs and blankets are welcome.



The Middletown Fourth of July fireworks sponsored by the town will be held Wednesday, July 4 at dark at Silver Lake Park, 200 E. Cochran St.

Visitors are welcome to bring blankets and lawn chairs starting at 6 p.m. Food will be sold by nonprofit organizations. To sign up as a food vendor, call 378-5670. Pets, bicycles, skateboards, alcohol, open flames and personal fireworks are all prohibited at the park.

Smyrna-Clayton: Big 250th

As part Smyrna’s 250th anniversary, the Smyrna-Clayton July 4th Foundation is planning special Independence Day events including a parade, fireworks display, a concert and a carnival.

The parade on Wednesday, July 4 will start on South Street and Ransom Lane at 9:30 a.m. and end at Wright Municipal Park (formerly Smyrna Municipal Park) on North Main Street. For information on participating, email Skip Carrow at or call (302) 632-2405.

After the parade, attractions will include a carnival and a beard contest at the park and a baby contest at North Smyrna Elementary.

The Houghton Amusements Carnival will open at the park after the conclusion of the parade until 10 p.m.

The beard contest will be at noon at the park gazebo, registration at 10 a.m. The four categories will be full beard, goatee, groomed beard and the double dapper (full beard with a styled mustache). In keeping with the historic theme of Smyrna’s anniversary celebration, a top hat is highly recommended. For more information, email Diane Price at

The baby contest will start at 1 p.m. at North Smyrna Elementary, just across North Main Street from the park. Open to babies and toddlers up to 4 years old. For registration details, call Tracy Ayala at (302) 423-2848.

The fireworks display will be at dusk at the Smyrna-Clayton Little League Park on Duck Creek Parkway, with parking across the street at Smyrna High School, 500 Duck Creek Parkway, and Smyrna Middle School, 700 Duck Creek Parkway. The Romford Drum and Trumpet Corps will perform in front of the high school before the fireworks begin.

Dover downtown and vicinity

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.
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.


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.


Veterans of Foreign Wars, Blue Hen Post No. 6483, 77 Veterans Circle

Come out between 6 and 8 p.m. to meet Uncle Sam and receive a free American flag. The Post will be open for business as normal.

Sussex County

Saturday, June 30

Millsboro: Stars and Stripes Fireworks Celebration, live music, food trucks at Cupola Park, 6-9 p.m.

Sunday, July 1

Rehoboth Beach: Live music at the bandstand, 8 p.m. Fireworks, approximately 9:15 p.m.

Wednesday, July 4

Bethany Beach: Fourth of July parade, noon, Atlantic and Pennsylvania avenues. Parade awards followed by live music, bandstand, 7:15 p.m. Fireworks, dusk.

Broadkill Beach: Independence Day parade, 10 a.m., Bayshore Drive, California Avenue-Beach Plum Island cul-de-sac. July 7: Fireworks, dusk.

Dewey Beach: Fireworks, dusk, bayside.

Lewes: Old fashioned games for children, 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Second Street. Boat parade, 1:30 p.m., Lewes-Rehoboth Canal, Roosevelt Inlet to Savannah Road bridge. Doo-Dah Parade, approximately 5 p.m., Lloyd’s Market on Savannah Road to King’s Ice Cream on Second Street. Fireworks, Lewes Beach, dusk.

Laurel: July Fourth Celebration, vendors, live music, car show, kids’ activities, Little Miss Pageant, cornhole tournament, fireworks, 2 p.m.-dusk.

Milford: Veterans of Foreign Wars, Blue Hen Post No. 6483, 77 Veterans Circle. Come out between 6 and 8 p.m. to meet Uncle Sam and receive a free American flag. The Post will be open for business as normal.

Saturday, July 7

Broadkill Beach: Fireworks, dusk.