A quieter Fourth of July: Only Dewey Beach is committed to fireworks display

Only Dewey Beach plans a public fireworks display for July Fourth.

Only Dewey Beach plans a public fireworks display for July Fourth.

Delaware will be a lot quieter for its Fourth of July celebrations. Hagley Museum and Library canceled this year’s spectacular fireworks, and the city of Wilmington hasn’t yet given a thumbs up or down to theirs.

As of Thursday, only Dewey Beach — where the fireworks are arranged by a local businessman — is definitely hosting a public display of fireworks.

“There is going to be FIREWORKS IN DEWEY ON JULY 4TH,” Alex Pires wrote on Facebook on June 11. “We have our permit. Booooom.” The fireworks are planned at dusk from the bay.

Wilmington traditionally has fireworks on its Riverfront.


“We will decide something shortly,” John Rago, deputy chief of staff for policy and communications, said Wednesday.

Lewes has canceled its Old-Fashioned Fourth of July and plans fireworks on Sept. 5.

“Summer needs to be a time of recovery, but we refuse to call it quits for our 2020 fireworks!” according to https://gofourthlewes.org. “We will celebrate on the beach together, but it will be two months later, on Sept 5th. Let’s say farewell to the Summer of 2020 and welcome ‘Local Summer’ together on Lewes Beach.”


Bethany Beach: Fourth of July events are canceled, the town’s site says, with 2020 collector T-shirts available next year.

Dover: “The Dover 4th of July Celebration for 2020 has been canceled,” it says on their website. “We hope to be back in 2021 better than ever!!”

Elsmere: Elsmere, which last year turned its Fourth of July celebration into a fall festival, has canceled the fall festival this year.

Hockessin “Sadly, based on current restrictions it is necessary to cancel this year’s community event,” it says on https://hockessin4thofjuly.org. “We rely on donations, sponsorship and grants that have not been realized this year.”

Laurel: Fireworks and other associated events have been canceled.


Newark: Fireworks and other Liberty Day activities have been canceled.

Rehoboth Beach: “Out of an abundance of caution, the city of Rehoboth Beach has canceled its Independence Day fireworks on July 3rd and the Bandstand Summer Concert Series through the July 4th weekend,” the city says.

Smyrna/Clayton: The fireworks and most events are canceled, with the baby contest going online.

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Ken Mammarella

Ken Mammarella is a freelance writer who lives in Wilmington.

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