Celebrating the Fourth of July in the Delaware Beaches

Relaxing and watching fireworks on the beach, testing your skills in a blueberry pie eating contest, and entering a cornhole tournament are just some of the many activities that Delaware has to offer on the fourth of July. Here are Tripping.com’s ten best fourth of July locations in Delaware.

1. Dover

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As the capital of Delaware, Dover always has a huge Fourth of July celebration. If your vacation rental is in or near Dover, go downtown to Legislative Mall on the fourth. The parade goes along State Street. In addition, there are food and craft vendors and fireworks. You can even “adopt” a firework as a memorial for someone or just for fun.

2. Bethany Beach

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Bethany Beach is having its 33rd Annual Independence Day Celebration on Tuesday, July 4, 2017. The parade through town includes marching bands, entertainment groups, bikes, and floats. There’s also a horseshoe throwing contest at 2 pm. Later in the day, you can watch the Air National Guard Band of the Northeast perform and then watch fireworks at dusk.

3. Newark

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Held at the University of Delaware’s Athletic Complex, the city of Newark’s huge Independence Day celebration includes games and arts and crafts booths. There is also live music, which begins at 6 pm, and fireworks later that night. The rain date for the fireworks is July 5th. For parking, you can park for free at the University of Delaware Athletic Complex lots.

4. Lewes

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Spending your Fourth of July in Lewes is a great option for families. There are outdoor kid games on Second Street starting at 9 am on July 4th. The Lewes Independence Day Boat Parade is after the games and goes down the Lewes-Rehbototh canal. At 5 pm there is another parade, called the Doo-Dah Parade, which is on the street.

5. Wilmington

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A Fourth of July spent in Wilmington includes a carnival, live music, and even a blueberry pie eating contest. There are also a lot of competitive events such as a corn hole tournament, three on three basketball, and horseshoes. This year the celebration goes from Thursday, June 29th to Sunday, July 2nd.

6. Middletown

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Middletown has an annual fireworks show in Silver Lake Park. The park opens at 6 pm and the fireworks are held at dusk. There are food vendors at the show and the town also has an annual parade. For the fireworks show, note that there is no alcohol, no bikes, and no pets allowed.

7. Rehoboth Beach

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Rehoboth Beach is a great place to spend the Fourth! You can go swimming, shop your way through the mile-long boardwalk, or go fishing in Cape Henlopen State Park. There’s also a 5K and Kiddie K race at the Rehoboth Beach Country Club that you and your kids can enter.

8. Laurel

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If you want to spend the day in a pie eating contest, watching fireworks, going to a carnival, and entering a cornhole tournament, then consider going to Laurel this fourth of July. There will also be a variety of vendors, a parade, live music by Running with Scissors and Chain Break, and the annual Little Miss Independence Pageant.

9. Delaware Seashore State Park

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Spend this July 4th exploring Delaware Seashore State Park, which is 2,825 acres and includes six miles of coastline. In the park, you can go jet-skiing, boating, fishing, and swimming. You can also enter the Sandcastle Contest or have a family picnic in one of the two pavilions.

10. Fenwick Island

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Fenwick Island in Delaware has an abundance of activities, from windsurfing to play miniature golf. Spend the day cooling off at Thunder Lagoon Water Park or bring your boat and go fishing. Walk through Cannon Street Park or go see the beautiful butterfly garden in the Fenwick Island Community Park.