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A quieter Fourth of July: Only Dewey Beach is committed to fireworks display

Wilmington is still discussing whether its traditional Riverfront fireworks will be a go.

By Ken Mammarella

Delaware will be a lot quieter for its Fourth of July celebrations.

Only Dewey Beach, where the fireworks are arranged by a local businessman, is definitely hosting fireworks.

“There is going to be FIREWORKS IN DEWEY ON JULY 4TH,” Alex Pires wrote on Facebook on June 11. “We have our permit. Booooom.” The fireworks are planned at dusk from the bay.

Wilmington is still discussing whether its traditional Riverfront fireworks will be a go.

“We will decide something shortly,” John Rago, deputy chief of staff for policy and communications, said Wednesday.

Lewes has canceled its Old-Fashioned Fourth of July and plans fireworks on Sept. 5.

“Summer needs to be a time of recovery, but we refuse to call it quits for our 2020 fireworks!” according to https://gofourthlewes.org. “We will celebrate on the beach together, but it will be two months later, on Sept 5th. Let’s say farewell to the Summer of 2020 and welcome ‘Local Summer’ together on Lewes Beach.”

Fat Daddy’s BBQ near Georgetown and an campground in Selbyville stepped into the void left by the cancellation of traditional shows.

Fat Daddys, 13203 Seashore Highway, is billing its show the first annual One Nation Under God independence celebration, according to a flyer posted on its Facebook page. A free concert will run from 7 p.m to 10 p.m on July 4, with fireworks by Bridgeville’s Brother’s Pyro expected to start at 9:15 p.m. Food and ice cream will be for sale.

RV park and campground Treasure Beach in Selbyville will have fireworks Saturday, June 27, and on July 3, but they will not be admitting visitors or the public this year because of the state’s COVID-19 rules.

Elsewhere:

Bethany Beach: Fourth of July events are cancelled, the town’s site says, with 2020 collector T-shirts available next year.

Dover: “The Dover 4th of July Celebration for 2020 has been cancelled,” it says on http://dover4thofjuly.com/schedule.html. “We hope to be back in 2021 better than ever!!”

Elsmere: Elsmere, which last year turned its Fourth of July celebration into a fall festival, has canceled the fall festival this year.

Hockessin “Sadly, based on current restrictions it is necessary to cancel this year’s community event,” it says on https://hockessin4thofjuly.org. “We rely on donations, sponsorship and grants that have not been realized this year.”

Laurel: Fireworks and other associated events have been canceled.

Newark: Fireworks and other Liberty Day activities have been canceled.

Rehoboth Beach: “Out of an abundance of caution, the city of Rehoboth Beach has canceled its Independence Day fireworks on July 3rd and the Bandstand Summer Concert Series through the July 4th weekend,” the city says.

Smyrna/Clayton: The fireworks and most events are canceled, with the baby contest going online.

Did we miss an event that will have fireworks? Let us know at editor@delawareonline.com.

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