Plan Ahead for Any of These Festive Fourth of July Events 

The First State will be celebrating Fourth of July with lots of flair. Fireworks, that is. 

All you have to do is choose which local display you can bring the whole family to. There are also parades, live music pre and post fireworks, and plenty of family friendly activities all day long. 

Here are the highlights. 

Lewes, July 4th 

  • 9am – 12pm: Kids’ vintage games on Second Street (blocked off from traffic) 
  • 1:30pm – 2pm: Annual Boat Parade on the canal. Boats leave from Roosevelt Inlet, and parade ends at Fisherman’s Wharf and the Savannah Road bridge by the judging stand.  
  • 5pm: Doo-Dah Parade – a whimsical event. Leaves from Lloyd’s Market on Savannah Road, continues to King’s Highway, then winds through 2nd Street and returns to Lloyd’s via Savannah Road. 
  • Fireworks by the Lewes Beach at dusk. Note: this is not a municipal sponsored event and is funded through private donations large and small. More information about “Go Fourth Lewes” is found at 

Rehoboth Beach, July 2nd 

  • Fireworks are on Sunday, July 2nd, approximately 9:30 pm, weather permitting. Display may take place as early as 8 pm depending on conditions. Visible from the beach and boardwalk. 
  • 8pm: Free concert by local favorite, The Funsters, a 10-piece band performing at the bandstand. They will continue following the fireworks display. 
  • Visit the city’s website for a list of road closures. 

Bethany Beach, July 4th 

  • This year’s theme is “Sand & Sea.” 
  • Noon: Annual Parade complete with floats, bikes and walkers. Live bands play music from several of the floats. Ends at the judging stand. 
  • 7:15 pm: Parade awards, bandstand area 
  • 7:30 pm: Free concert by Mike Hines & The Look, a high energy dance band of five 
  • Dusk: Fireworks display, visible from the beach 

Dewey Beach, July 4th 

  • 8pm: Love Seed Mama Jump performs at the Rusty Rudder 
  • Fireworks at dusk, approximately 9:30 pm.  
  • Display is launched from Rehoboth Bay, two blocks from Rusty Rudder and is visible bayside and throughout town. 

Ocean City, MD 

  • 8 pm: Live music in two locations. Downtown: N Division Street; Uptown: Northside Park, 125th Street 
  • 9:30 pm: Fireworks display visible from the beach. 


  • 10 am – 2 pm: Annual 4th of July Festival downtown. Family friendly with kids’ games, dunk tanks, sack races, bike decorating contest and plenty of entertainment.  

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