It’s summer, and that means the state’s premier music festival beckons, promising music and fun along with crowds and traffic.
But fear not, Firefly Music Festival-goers: DelDOT and AAA have you covered.
The state agency and automotive membership organizations are offering a range of services and advice to ensure stress-free festival-related and other trips to and around Dover International Speedway beginning this Thursday night when gates open for ‘The Woodlands’ campground.
Here are some highlights:
DUI and Hassle-Free Shuttle Service
$49 will get you a weekend pass on The Visit Delaware Shuttle. The shuttle will transport fans Friday through Sunday on three routes with festival arrival times of 11:00 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 4:00 p.m., and 7:00 p.m. Route details are below; to purchase a ticket go to: https://fireflyfestival.com/visit-delaware-shuttles/
- Wilmington Station- Amtrak (WIL): 11:00 am, 1:30 pm, 4:00 pm, 7:00pm
- Hampton Inn & Suites Wilmington Christiana: 11:15 am, 1:45 pm, 4:15 pm, 7:15 pm
- Hilton Wilmington Christiana: 11:20 am, 1:50 pm, 4:20 pm, 7:20 pm
- Holiday Inn Express Bethany Beach: 11:00 am, 1:30 pm, 4:00 pm, 7:00 pm
- Hyatt Place Dewey Beach: 11:20 am, 1:50 pm, 4:20 pm, 7:20 pm
- Sleep Inn & Suites Rehoboth Beach: 11:35 am, 2:05 pm, 4:35 pm, 7:35 pm
University of Delaware/Newark
- Embassy Suites Newark-Wilmington South: 11:00 am, 1:30 pm, 4:00 pm, 7:00 pm
- Homewood Suites Newark: 11:05 am, 1:35 pm, 4:05 pm, 7:05 pm
Riders should expect a minimum travel time of one hour to get to the Firefly festival site.
The shuttles will depart from the Firefly site and return to the drop off locations at the following times:
9:00pm, 10:00pm, 12:00am, 1:00am, 2:30am (Post-show Friday & Saturday Only)
AAA offers FREE roadside assistance
Once again this year, AAA will provide free roadside assistance to attendees of the Firefly Music Festival. “AAA is offering free service to all Firefly attendees, whether they are current members of the club or not,” said Ken Grant, Public and Government Affairs Manager for AAA Mid-Atlantic. “We encourage everyone planning on attending Firefly to bring along the AAA number – 1-800-AAA-HELP – and call if they find themselves in need of assistance.”
AAA helped more than 2000 motorists at the festival over the last three years.
Will Call is at Dover Mall
Festival Will Call will be located on the south end of the Dover Mall. Additional vehicles from camping sites, identified as “overnight” cars will be parked on Dover Mall property. Motorists and mall patrons are asked to expect heavier volumes of traffic in and around Dover Mall during the festival.
Traffic App + Information
The majority of Camping Check-In/Processing will be located at Dover International Speedway (DIS) Lot 1 (Lot 1 is the largest DIS parking lot) located south of the speedway bordered by US 13, Leipsic Road, and Plaza Drive. Traffic from the south will enter Lot 1 from northbound US 13 through Jefferic Boulevard, and from the north using Leipsic Road. The intersection of Leipsic Road and Persimmon Tree Road will be CLOSED to through traffic beginning at 8:00 a.m. on Friday, June 21, 2019 until 2:00 a.m. on Monday morning. Local residents will not have access through the closure area until the conclusion of the festival.
For festival patrons that are not camping on Dover International Speedway property, daily parking is available in speedway parking lots. Daily parking lots are accessible from the Main Entrance to Dover International Speedway from US 13.
Motorists can adjust their routes or travel times by using DelDOT’s Smartphone application. The DelDOT App is available and can be downloaded free at the Google Play and Apple store, search for “DelDOT.” WTMC 1380 AM is also available through the DelDOT App. The DelDOT App for updated travel-related information or tune to WTMC 1380 AM for up-to-the-minute traffic conditions.
AAA’s Top Tips
- Bring a spare set of keys – AAA can get you back into your locked vehicle, but can’t help you start the vehicle if you lost the keys somewhere on the festival grounds
- Fill up your gas tank before entering the campgrounds – some motorists arrive with just a little bit of gas in their tanks, then run out during the four-day festival
- Bring a spare charger or solar charger for your phone and devices, do not use your vehicle battery to charge your devices
- AAA roadside assistance is available to everyone at the festival from 7:00 a.m. – Midnight each day, the number to call is 1-800-AAA-HELP (1-800-222-4357)
- The majority of calls AAA receives at Firefly are for drained batteries, followed by lock-outs and empty gas tanks, with occasional light mechanical work needed to help motorists.