Most Delaware places famous for their Fourth of July fireworks shows have decided the shows will go on.
But some related events have been scratched. Of course, organizers will follow pandemic guidelines as they exist on the day of the fireworks.
Here’s the latest.
Bethany Beach will takes two days for its celebration. Fireworks will be at 9:15 p.m. July 5, preceded by music from local favorite Love Seed Mama Jump at the bandstand. The 287th Army Band will perform at 7:30 p.m. July 4 at the bandstand. There will be no parade.
Dewey Beach: “We are doing the fireworks, as in the past, on July 4th,” businessman Alex Pires said.
Dover’s Fourth of July Celebration on July 4 will feature “a patriotic parade sponsored by the American Legion and a fireworks display. We … hope to add some additional surprises,” according to the organizers’ website.
Hockessin has announced its 2121 fireworks will be back, after April posts said the Fourth of July events would be canceled. Fireworks will happen Friday, July 2 at dusk.
Laurel’s leaders voted in March to host only fireworks on July 3, without vendors and entertainment. When the town wrote about it on Facebook, the post asked for donations to help cover the $17,500 cost.
Newark’s Freedom Fireworks will occur about 9:15 p.m. July 2 from the University of Delaware athletic complex. The event features just fireworks – no vendors and entertainers. Free parking is available in multiple nearby lots. There will be no lawn or grass viewing areas in these lots. The rain date is July 5.
Rehoboth Beach’s fireworks are planned July 3, with the Zambelli display due at 9:30 p.m. from the beach south of Rehoboth Avenue. “Please be in town early,” the city asks. “Depending on the weather, the fireworks may be launched any time after 8 p.m.”
The Smyrna/Clayton July 4th Foundation will host fireworks at dusk on July 4, from the Little League fields on Duck Creek Parkway. The group – Delaware’s oldest at running fireworks – will also sponsor a parade starting at 9:30 a.m. July 3.
Wilmington “will present fireworks on July 4th. However, we probably won’t stage them in a central location but rather in a few locations around the city,” said John Rago, deputy chief of staff for Mayor Mike Purzycki. “Details are being developed and will be announced as soon as possible.”
New Castle is hosting Separation Day fireworks on June 12. They start at 9:30 p.m. from Battery Park. Most other events commemorating when the three lower counties separated from Pennsylvania to form a colony are cancelled.
The Wilmington Blue Rocks host fireworks after their games on June 4, June 18, July 3, July 16, Aug. 6, Aug. 13 and Aug. 27. They’re mostly Fridays.
Hagley runs members-only fireworks shows in August.
Elsmere’s fall festival will have fireworks, council member Marianne Skipski said.
Betsy Price is a Wilmington freelance writer who has 40 years of experience, including 15 at The News Journal in Delaware.
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