As 2022 nears its end, here’s what to know about celebrating the new year in the First State:
Gas prices in Delaware are the lowest they’ve been since October 2021, according to AAA Mid-Atlantic, a regional travel agency.
However, AAA predicts traffic will be minimal on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.
Still, the state’s Office of Highway Safety released this list of things to consider before getting behind the wheel:
- If you’re planning a night out that includes drinking, make sure you plan for a sober ride home. Use a rideshare service, or public transportation, or call a friend or family member to get you home safely.
- With worsening road conditions this time of year, it’s extremely important to avoid distractions while driving. Put down your phone, always buckle up and focus on the road ahead.
- Slow down and follow posted speed limits before things get ugly.
- If you choose to walk home from celebrations, wear bright or reflective clothing and/or items to make yourself as visible as possible. Additionally, motorists need to be aware of increased pedestrian activity as visibility may be impaired due to hazardous weather and shorter daylight hours during the winter months.
- With bitterly cold weather expected, put blankets and other items such as snow- and ice removal gear into your car in case of an accident or long travel delay caused by a wreck (or wrecks) on the road.
The National Weather Service is expecting New Year’s weekend to be warmer than the blistering cold of Christmas.
The New Year’s Eve high temperature is 57 degrees, but there’s a 50% chance of rain. Toward the end of Saturday, there’s a 70% chance of rain and the temperature will drop to 48 degrees.
New Year’s Day has a high of 61 degrees and a low of 42 degrees. There’s a 40% chance of rain during the day, but none expected Sunday night.
New Year’s Eve events
Noon Year’s Eve
The Brandywine Zoo will host a holiday celebration from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Dec. 31.
The day will feature fun activities with a group countdown to noon. Hot chocolate will be available for purchase at the snack bar.
Tickets are free for Brandywine Zoo members and $5 for non-members. Register here.
New Year’s Eve Confetti Countdown
The Delaware Children’s Museum will host four separate New Year’s Eve confetti countdowns at 11 a.m., noon, 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. Dec. 31.
In addition to the countdowns, the museum will offer new year’s themed lighting and décor, puppet shows, live music from local band We Kids Rock, as well as their fun and educational programming and exhibits.
Roaring into the New Year
From 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Dec. 1, the Delaware Museum of Nature & Science will have a family-friendly celebration with festive science stations, live animal presentations, special story time, and creating celebratory hats and noise makers to ring in the new year.
There will be a special science-related ball drop at noon.
Pre-registration required. Click here to register.
New Year’s Day events
New Year’s Day hikes at Delaware State Parks
- Alapocas Run State Park: 3 miles, 10 a.m. start. Check in at Blue Ball Barn courtyard.
- Auburn Valley State Park: 1.8 mile or 2.2 mile trail, 10:30 start. Check in at the parking lot on Creek Road.
- Bellevue State Park: 2.5 miles, 1 p.m. start. Check in at the top of the main parking lot.
- Brandywine Creek State Park: Trails are either 1 mile, 2.2 miles or 2.7 miles. Event starts at 10 a.m. Check in at the nature center.
- Brandywine Zoo: 1/10 mile, check in at the zoo’s ticket window at either 10 a.m. or 11 a.m.
- Cape Henlopen State Park: 2 miles, 10:30 start time. Check in at the Point Overlook.
- Delaware Seashore State Park: 1 mile, 3:30 p.m. start time. Check in at North Inlet Day Area parking lot’s south east corner.
- First State Heritage Park: ¼ mile, noon start time. Check in at John Bell House Interpretive Center.
- Fort DuPont State Park: .7 miles, 9 a.m. start. Check in at the parking lot at the end of Old Battery Lane/Wilmington Avenue.
- Fort Miles Historical Area: .25 or 1.5 miles, 12:30 p.m. start. Check in at Artillery Park.
- Holts Landing State Park: 1.2 miles, 1:30 start. Check in at the picnic pavilion.
- Killens Pond State Park: 1.5 miles, 12:30 p.m. start. Check in at the sports complex parking lot.
- Lums Pond State Park: 2 miles, 10 a.m. start. Check in at the campground stage.
- Trap Pond State Park: 1.1 miles, 9:45 a.m. start. Check in at the Baldcypress Nature Center.
- White Clay Creek State Park: 3.5 miles, 9:30 a.m. start. Check in at the Chambers House Nature Center.
- White Clay Creek State Park: 2 miles, 10:30 a.m. start. Check in at the Possum Hill parking lot.
Raised in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, Jarek earned a B.A. in journalism and a B.A. in political science from Temple University in 2021. After running CNN’s Michael Smerconish’s YouTube channel, Jarek became a reporter for the Bucks County Herald before joining Delaware LIVE News.
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