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4th of july fireworks 2024 near me in delaware and maryland

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It’s not too early to ask this super-serious question that Delawareans will soon flood Google with: “Where can we see fireworks in Delaware on the 4th of July?”

You have questions. We have answers.

Here’s a guide to where to see the sparks fly for Independence Day in the First State and in Maryland:

Wilmington

Delaware’s largest city is doing it this Fourth of July with family activities and live performances at Tubman-Garrett Riverfront Park, including tours of the Kalmar Nyckel ship, starting at 4 p.m. The fireworks start around 9:30 PM.

Tubman-Garrett Riverfront Park (Rosa Parks Drive, Wilmington) from 4:00 PM to approximately 10:00 PM Thursday, July 4. Visit cityfestwilm.com or (302) 576-2100.

Hockessin

The Uncle Sam vibes will take over Hockessin’s Independence Day celebration, with festivities including a beer garden, food trucks and live music.

The relay races will start around 8 a.m., organizers said. Beginning at 3 p.m., the parade will begin at Old Lancaster Pike and move to Valley Road.

The fireworks start at dusk. The main viewing area to see the exhibit is Swift Park, the Piedmont Baseball Fields, the Hockessin Library, and the Artesian Soccer Fields.

Old Lancaster Pike, Hockessin, starting Thursday, July 4 at 8 a.m. Visit hockessin4th.org or (302) 239-6900.

Lewes

Starting at 9 a.m., Lewes will continue its tradition of hosting old-fashioned children’s games on Second Street.

The Lewes Independence Boat Parade will begin at 1:30 p.m., with participants departing from Roosevelt Inlet, across from the Coast Guard station. They will head to the jury stand at Fisherman’s Wharf at 2 p.m

At 3:30 PM, all boat participants are invited to attend the awards ceremony on the deck of the Lightship Overfalls. To qualify for a prize, boats must be registered by 10am on July 4th. (See the Lewes Chamber of Commerce website for more information about registration forms.)

The good times continue at the colorful Doo-Dah Parade, starting at Lloyd’s Market on Savannah Road and winding down Kings Highway to Second Street and ending on Savannah Road back toward Lloyds.

The night finally ends with fireworks, launched at dusk from a ship off the coast of Savannah Beach.

The festivities will be held in downtown Lewes, near Second Street, from 9am to 9:30pm on Thursday, July 4. Visit leweschamber.com or (302) 645-8073.

Laurel

A busy day of fun awaits at Janosik Park from 2pm, including food and craft vendors, live music and more

The car show will take place from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM.

At 7 p.m., the parade will begin on Evergreen Drive and travel to Central Ave. before ending on Delaware Avenue.

Fireworks start at dusk.

Janosik Park (201-299 Front St., Laurel) from 2:00 PM to approximately 10:00 PM Thursday, July 4. Visit townoflaurel.net or (302) 875-2277.

Dover

The capital rings in America’s birthday with a parade, music, vendors and fireworks. More details will be announced.

Legislative Mall (411 Legislative Ave., Dover) on Thursday, July 4. Event times are to be determined. Visit dover4thofjuly.com.

Newark

Entertainment, vendors and a beautiful light show take place at the University of Delaware.

Athletic Complex (605 S. College Ave., Newark) from 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM, Thursday, July 4. Visit newarkde.gov/calendar or (302) 366-7000.

Bethany Beach

Beginning at noon, the parade will travel to Pennsylvania Avenue, south to Cedarwood Street, east to Atlantic Avenue, north to Ocean View Parkway to Pennsylvania Avenue and south to Central Boulevard.

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Marching bands/groups performing in the parade include The Honeycombs, 1st Delaware Regiment, The Dixie Express, 1st State Detachment Marine Corps League, 287th Army National Guard Band, Delaware Highlanders and Tidewater Brass Band.

The awards ceremony will take place from 7.15 pm.

The 1974 band (with classic pop covers from the ’70s, with an emphasis on one-hit wonders) will play at the Bethany Beach Bandstand at 7:30 p.m.

The fireworks are expected to begin at dusk.

Near Bethany Beach Bandstand on Thursday, July 4; events take place from noon until after sunset. Visit townofbethanybeach.com or (302) 539-8011.

Salisbury, Maryland

Make yourself comfortable and bring a lawn chair and blanket to witness the 13th annual Red White and Boom erupt with fireworks at 9:15 p.m.

James M. Bennett High School (300 E. College Ave., Salisbury, Maryland) on Thursday, July 4. Gates open at 6:00 PM and fireworks start at 9:15 PM. Visit redwhiteboomsalisbury.org or (410) 726-5194.

Ocean City, Maryland

People will celebrate the nation’s birthday with music and fireworks at two locations: Downtown Beach and Northside Park in Ocean City, Maryland on Thursday, July 4. More details to be determined. Visit ococean.com or (410) 289-2800.

Dewey Beach

Highway One is back, firing off fireworks at dusk from a ship in Rehoboth Bay. The fireworks can be seen from the Rusty Rudder, where there will be live music all day from 2 p.m.

Rusty Rudder (113 Dickinson Ave., Dewey Beach). Fireworks will begin at dusk on Thursday, July 4. Visit rustyrudder.com.

Rehoboth Beach

Please note that the Rehoboth Beach fireworks are happening this weekend. People will be able to watch the sparks fly from Rehoboth’s beach and boardwalk.

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The road closures around the bandstand will start at 6 p.m. and at 7 p.m. on Henlopen and Surflaan. Beginning at 7:30 p.m., vehicles will no longer be able to cross Rehoboth Avenue at the circle. Rehoboth Avenue eastbound and Church Street from Route 1 will be closed at 8 p.m., according to organizers.

Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk (8 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth Beach). Fireworks start Saturday, July 6 around 9:30 PM. Visit cityofrehoboth.com or (302) 227-6181.