2016 Independence Day Weekend Fireworks and Celebrations

June 30, 2016

Editor’s Note:
Some of the fireworks over the weekend were cancelled due to weather. These are some of the rescheduled ones.

For July 5th
Easton, MD

The Easton The Carnival and Fireworks are a go for tonight. July 5th. Beginning at 6pm at the Carnival sitw, Live music by Bird Dog and The Road Kings and The Justin Ryan Band The fireworks will be shot off at around 9:30pm.

Cambridge, MD
Fireworks have been rescheduled for July 5th. The All-American concert with the Mid-Shore Community Band, Maryland was on July 4th as scheduled.

Salisbury, MD
RED WHITE AND BOOM will take place on Tuesday night July 5th.

Newark, DE
The City of Newark Liberty Day celebration and fireworks display is postponed and will take place tomorrow, Tuesday, July 5. The event will still be held at the University of Delaware’s Athletic Complex beginning at 6 p.m., with the fireworks display starting at dusk.

Free parking will be available in the University of Delaware Athletic Complex lots, including those surrounding the UD Stadium and Bob Carpenter Center, as well as the Woods Lot (off of Route 4 – opening at 7 p.m.) and the South STAR Campus parking lot.

Alcohol is not permitted during the event and the community is asked to leave pets at home and be sure they are secured safely during the fireworks display, as the noise can frighten animal

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This listing is being updated as we receive new information. Please check back. The listings are by County. Thanks for your patience.
(revised: July 5, 2016)

Accomac County, VA

Chincoteague, VA
July 4, 2016 – Old Fashioned Fireworks Display at Carnival Grounds – 10pm
Independence Day Fireworks celebrate the birth of our nation and are sponsored by the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company, the Town of Chincoteague and the Chincoteague Chamber of Commerce.

July 2, 2016
Music at the Dock Series
Live music concerts held in Robert N. Reed Downtown Waterfront Park on Main Street in Chincoteague’s historic downtown. Bring a blanket or chairs, or dock your boat, and enjoy the music! chincoteagueculturalalliance.org

Bring a blanket or chair and listen to the performance of patriotic songs, light classical melodies and show tunes.

Caroline County, MD

Part of the Greensboro Volunteer Fire Company’s Carnival
fireworks on Friday evening, July 1st

Greensboro’s Lions
Chicken Barbecue
July 04, 2016
10:30 AM
Lions Club Ball Park
1/2 Chicken and a roll for $6

July 4th Kids Games
July 04, 2016
10 AM
Lions Club Ball Park
Sack Race, Egg Race, Egg Toss, Soft Ball Toss, Races and Saw Dust pile with Money

Cecil County, MD

Chesapeake City
Concert in the Park 5:30 (Pell Gardens) and Fireworks on the water Friday the 1st, great food available, wonderful viewing on both sides of the canal. (No parking on the Canal Trail located on the North Side)
Music in the Park (Pell Gardens) on the 2nd at 5 pm. with Sunday Music in the Park series from 6-8 pm

Editors Note:
There will not be any construction on the Bridge at Chesapeake City over the Independence Holiday Weekend

Meadow Park – July 4th at dusk

North East, Maryland
Salute to Cecil County Veterans Celebration and Fireworks
July 4, 2016 5-10pm
200 W. Walnut St
North East, Maryland 21901
Enjoy music, fireworks, and food at this patriotic event sponsored by the North East Chamber of Commerce.
Enjoy music, fireworks, and food at this patriotic event sponsored by the North East Chamber of Commerce.

Dorchester County, MD

Cambridge, MD
Watch a Fourth of July fireworks show over the Choptank River in Cambridge, MD. Show begins at dusk on July 4. Best viewing spots include Great Marsh Park, near Somerset Avenue and Hambrooks Boulevard; and Long Wharf Park, near High and Water Streets. Bring your own lawn chairs or blankets and snacks.

Kent County, DE

2016 Dover 4th Scheduke

9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Biggs Museum of American Art
406 Federal Street
Self-guided tours of the permanent collection.

9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
First State Heritage Park Welcome Center and Galleries
121 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard North
(formerly Duke of York Street)
Historic Dover Scavenger Hunt!
Begin your hunt at the First State Heritage Park Welcome Center and find the clues hidden throughout Dover’s historic sites and museums. Win a prize for uncovering the secrets of Delaware History within the First State Heritage Park!

9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
The Old State House on The Green
Guided tours throughout the day. Enjoy “Thunder and Rain” – a feature film presentation about Caesar Rodney’s historic ride for independence playing throughout the day.

9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
John Bell House on The Green
Simple Pleasures: 18th-century Games and Amusements
Colonial games and activities – for children of all ages!

9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Legislative Hall – Delaware’s State Capitol Building
411 Legislative Avenue
Guided tours throughout the day.
Photo ID required for all adults.

9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Johnson Victrola Museum
375 S. New Street
“Stars and Stripes” – Enjoy patriotic music played on original Victrola Talking Machines!

9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
The Old State House on The Green
“Thunder and Rain”
Feature film about Caesar Rodney’s historic ride for independence in constant showing at the Old State House.

12:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.
Meet at the John Bell House on The Green
Dover’s Heroes of the Revolution Walking Tour
Dover was a hotbed of revolutionary and loyalist activity during the struggle for American Independence. Hear of such valiant figures as John Haslet, John Patton, and
Dr. James Tilton.

1 p.m.
The Old State House on The Green
Spoken Word Performances: “Independence Day”
Hear an original, lively poetic art form presentation by Delaware youth about the true meaning of Independence Day.

2 p.m.
The Old State House on The Green
National Bell-Ringing Ceremony
Every Independence Day, bells ring across America’s thirteen original colonies at 2 p.m. to jointly celebrate the birth of our nation. Join us as we read the Declaration of Independence and ring the Old State House bell.

2:30 p.m.
John Bell House on The Green
Tales of Slavery and Freedom Walking Tour
Find out how a brave group of runaway slaves known as the Dover Eight made a daring escape from the Dover Jail. Hear about famous African-American Richard Allen and his connections to the Golden Fleece Tavern.

4 p.m.
The Old State House on The Green
National Bell-Ringing Ceremony
Join us as we read the Declaration of Independence and ring the Old State House bell.

4 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Food and Craft Vendors
Peruse and purchase from a variety of food and craft vendors on Martin Luther King Blvd. North (formerly Duke of York St., next to Legislative Mall)

5 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Free Children’s Activities
Moonbounces, pony rides and petting zoo on the west end of Legislative Mall, neat the Liberty Bell replica and in front of the Biggs Museum.

6 p.m.
Old Fashioned Fourth of July Parade
Sponsored by the American Legion Fox Post #2, enjoy a patriotic parade with music, marchers, antique cars and more through downtown Dover. In 2016, the parade goes international, with the “Musikzug Starkenburg” marching band visiting from Heppemheim , Germany. The parade route is along State Street, starting at Hazel Road and ending just past The Green.

6:45 p.m.
Smooth Sounds Dance Band
Enjoy the sounds of jazz and big band standards by this offshoot of the Milford Community Band. Performing in front of Legislative Hall.

7:45 p.m.
Opening Ceremony
Ceremony featuring C-17 flyover, Pledge of Allegiance, and National Anthem, led by Dover Mayor Robin Christiansen in front of Legislative Hall.

8 p.m.
287th Army Band of the Delaware National Guard
Dover’s Fourth of July tradition, a concert of patriotic, pop and band classics in front of Legislative Hall, leading up to the fireworks show.

Dusk – About 9:20
The 2016 Dover Fourth of July fireworks show by Serpico Fireworks, set to music from the Broadway hip-hop phenomenon “Hamilton.”

All 4th of July festivities will be in Clayton on July 4th…parade, food and vendors. There will not be a carnival at Municipal Park.

Fireworks will begin at dusk, at the Smyrna Clayton Little League Complex.

Kent County, MD

Fireworks on July 4th.

Sassafras Harbor – July 4th at Dusk

Great Oak
Great Oak Landing RD – July 2nd at Dusk

Rock Hall
Friday, July 1
4:00-5:45PM- Registration for Baby/Beauty Contest- Rock Hall Vol. Fire Co.
6:00-7:30PM- Baby/Beauty Contests- Rock Hall Vol. Fire Co.
7:30-9:30PM- Street Dance- DJ Prestone on Main Street

Saturday, July 2
8:00AM- Flat Five Race- Municipal Building

Sunday, July 3
12:00PM- Waterman’s Day- Bulkhead/Bayside Ave.
9:00PM- Fireworks (Rain date July 5th)- Over Harbor

Monday, July 4
7:00AM-9:30AM- American Legion Breakfast- Rock Hall Legion
9:00AM- Parade Line-Up- Ball Field North Main St.
10:00AM- Parade Begins Main Street to Civic Center
11:30AM- Opening Ceremonies at Civic Center immediately following: Food, Music, Games, Crafts and More!
12:00PM- Free Country Music Concert- Civic Center, Featuring Eric Karge & Band
12:00PM- Horseshoe Tournament, Turtle Races, Sac Races, Bubble Blowing Contest- Civic Center
1:00PM- Talent Show- All ages

New Castle County, DE

City of Newark’s Annual Liberty Day Celebration and Fireworks
4th of July Fireworks
July 4, 6 p.m. – 10 p.m
Rain Date is July 5, Fireworks Only
UD Athletic Complex

Great food, fun entertainment and a pyrotechnic show that gets better every year. The annual Independence Day celebration draws approximately 18,000 people while the fireworks are viewed by an estimated 40,000 people in the area. The University of Delaware Athletic Complex is filled with great activities and has plenty of space to lay down a blanket and enjoy the sun and then the fireworks. Fine arts and crafts booths are available to browse and games abound for the kids. Live musical entertainment begins at 6 p.m.

Free parking is available in the University of Delaware Athletic Complex lots. The community is asked to leave your pets at home and be sure they are secured safely during the fireworks display since they tend to scare pets. Many animals are lost on the 4th of July.

Middletown, DE

July 4, 2016 from 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
4th of July Fireworks, sponsored by the Town of Middletown,
Fireworks at dusk/dark.
Silver Lake Park, which opens at 6 p.m.
Food will be sold by non-profits.
No pets, no bikes, no skateboards, no alcohol, no open flames, no personal fireworks allowed.

Delaware’s largest city is saluting America along its beautiful riverfront. The event is centered at the Tubman-Garrett Riverfront Park, but the fireworks will be visible from all over downtown.
July 4th, 2016, Fireworks begin around sundown.

Wilmington & Western Railroad “Fireworks Express”
Get onboard the Wilmington & Western Railroad as it rides into Hockessin for 4th of July fireworks. The excursion takes about four hours. Adults: $20, Seniors: $19, Kids: $16, Under 2: Free. July 4th, 2016, Fireworks begin around sundown.

Queen Anne’s County, MD

Saturday, July 2, 2016
Starts at: 6:00 p.m.
Fireworks and Family Fun Event
This year’s Centreville Fireworks will take place on Saturday, July 2nd with a free family event beginning at 6:00 p.m. at the Queen Anne’s County High School bus loop and fireworks beginning at approximately 9:15 p.m. across the street. Come out and enjoy bouncy houses, food ($) and music and claim your spot early for the fireworks.

Somerset County, MD

Freedom Fest
July 2, 2016 5 – 9pm
Somers Cove Marina
Crisfield, Maryland 21817
Somerset County – Eastern Shore
Come to Somers Cove Marina at 5:00 p.m. for a family event with food, arts and crafts, a military veteran slideshow, patriotic music, kids activities, games on the beach, and finally, a fireworks display at 9:15 p.m. Admission is free, but it is recommended that you bring your own lawn chair. 410-968-2500

Sussex County, DE

Cape May Lewes Ferry Delaware
Watch fireworks over the Delaware Bay from the deck of the Cape May-Lewes Ferry. Board at 6:45 in Lewes, and head for Cape May. Purchase tickets in advance by June 26 for early bird pricing. Adults: $30, Kids (under 12): $15. NOTE: This event is on July 3rd. July 3rd, 2016, Fireworks begin around sundown.

Bethany Beach 4th of July
July 4th – THE 33RD ANNUAL FOURTH OF JULY PARADE will take place on Monday, July 4th.
• Floats and bikes may be entered the day of the parade from 9-11:30 a.m. at the registration desks as follows: Floats – Route 1 and Central Avenue; Bikes – Christian Church grounds.
• The parade will begin at noon at the intersection of Pennsylvania and Garfield Parkway.
• The horseshoe-throwing contest occurs at 2:00 p.m. at the southwest corner of the Christian Church grounds, the award ceremony will take place on the bandstand at 7:15 p.m.
• Evening entertainment will feature the Vigilantes. Show time 7:30.
• Fireworks at dusk http://www.townofbethanybeach.com/

Dewey Beach July 4th Fireworks
July 4, 2016
Grab a lawn chair or a beach blanket and watch a dazzling fireworks display. Fireworks will be set off from a barge in the bay and will be visible from any bar or restaurant along the bayside in Dewey.www.rehoboth.com/event-details.html?&eventID=585

Rehoboth Beach Fireworks are scheduled for Sunday, July 3, 2016 (Rain date July 4), at approximately 9:15 p.m. If you would like to help make Rehoboth Beach Main Street’s Rehoboth Beach Fireworks a BLAST, please visit downtownrb.com for more information about Fireworks parking or to make a contribution.

Independence Day Celebrations in Laurel
July 4, 2016
The town will be holding our annual Independence Day Celebration on Monday, July 4th. The day will begin with a Prayer Breakfast at 8:00 a.m. at Abbott’s on Broadcreek. Vendors will begin setting up at 4:00 p.m. A parade will be held at 5:30 p.m., this year’s theme is “Cruisin’ Thru Time”. The Little Miss Independence Pageant will follow the parade at 6:30 p.m. A cornhole tournament, pie eating contest and other entertainment will be held throughout the evening. The Bands Running with Scissors and Chain Break will perform in the Bandstand. Fireworks will end the evening. A carnival will also be set up starting on July 4th and run through July 9th, 2016

Lewes’ Old Fashioned 4th of July Celebration
Lewes’ Old Fashioned Fourth of July Celebration
July 4th, 2016 – 9:00 am to 6:00 pm

The City of Lewes continues its long tradition of hosting old-fashioned games for children on Second Street beginning at 9 am. For the safety of the participants, Second Street will be closed while the games are in progress and will re-open at the conclusion of the games.

Following the games, the Lewes Independence Day Boat Parade will wind its way down the Lewes – Rehoboth canal from the Roosevelt Inlet to Fisherman’s Wharf as part of the City of Lewes’ 4th of July holiday festivities. Dr. Nancy Targett has been named the parade’s Honorary Grand Marshal to honor her service to the Lewes community for 33 years. Prior to serving as the Acting President at the University of Delaware, Dr. Targett served as the Dean of the University’s College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment, located at the Lewes campus. She just completed her term as President and although she has accepted the position of provost and vice president of academic affairs at the University of New Hampshire, effective September 1, 2016, she and her husband Tim plan to keep their Lewes home. She has also served on the Greater Lewes Foundation board of directors since 2001.

The parade entrants will leave from Roosevelt Inlet across from the Coast Guard Station at 1:30 pm and reach the judges’ reviewing stand at Fisherman’s Wharf at approximately 2:00 pm. Mayor Ted Becker will announce the parade with amplification in the area of Fisherman’s Wharf and the City Dock. The parade judges are members of City Council, board directors from the Lightship Overfalls Foundation and the Lewes Chamber of Commerce. This is the 13th year that the Lewes Chamber of Commerce and the Overfalls Foundation have jointly sponsored the Independence Day Boat Parade.


Talbot County, MD

Fireworks – Tred Avon Yacht Club
The fire works will take place at dusk — a.k.a. “when it starts to get dark.”

Carnival Hours: 4:00pm – 10:00pm
Fireworks – Music – Rides – Food – Fun for the Whole Family
​Music Starts 6:00pm
6:00 ​pm – Bird Dog & the Road Kings
7:30 pm – Presentaion of Colors by Easton High ROTC & Patriotic programing
8:00 pm – The Justin Ryan Band
9:20 pm – Fireworks Celebration
(Best if viewed at the Carnival Grounds)

St Michaels:
Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum
In celebration of Independence Day, the waterfront Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels is welcoming back The Shades of Blue Orchestra for a live performance at its July 2, 2016 Big Band Night. Two vocalists will join the 18-piece Shades of Blue Orchestra as they perform from the historic Tolchester Beach Bandstand. The rain date for the concert and fireworks is Sunday, July 3, 2016.

Wicomico County, MD

Hebron Carnival Fireworks at dusk

Red White and BOOM, Salisbury’s free community fireworks display Wicomico County Stadium on Monday, July 4

A vendor area opens at Wicomico County Stadium at 6:30 p.m. There will be a variety of food vendors, along with music on site courtesy of WBOC-FM 102.5. A Salisbury Fire Department ladder truck will be at the event, hanging a massive U.S. flag, plus bounce houses for children and a Kids Kazoo Parade at 8 p.m.

The fireworks will be launched from the site of the old Salisbury Mall at about 9:15 p.m. The main viewing area will be inside Wicomico County Stadium; spectators can bring lawn chairs and blankets if they wish.

Free parking is available at the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center and in the Wicomico High School parking lots.

A rain date is scheduled for July 5.

Worcester County, MD

Ocean City
4th of July Celebration
July 4, 2016 8-10 pm
Ocean City, Maryland 21842
Worcester County – Eastern Shore
Enjoy a free concert at 8 p.m., followed by fireworks at 9:30 p.m. downtown on the beach at North Division Street and simultaneously, uptown at 125th Street at Northside Park. For more information, please call 1-800-626-2326 or the Ocean City Department of Recreation & Parks at 410-250-0125.

Snow Hill
Family Fun for Independence Day Celebration
July 3, 2016 5-10pm
Snow Hill, Maryland
Come to Snow Hill’s Independence Day Celebration on July 3rd from 5-10:00pm, which will showcase a fireworks display at Sturgis Park on River Street. Bring your blankets and lawn chairs to enjoy the Independence Day Fireworks Display at dusk. Neon glow sticks, necklaces and bracelets will be sold.f

This is a listing of some of the many fireworks and celebrations occurring around the Delmarva Peninsula during the Independence Day weekend. Please add a comment if you know of one that isn’t listed or send an email to events@shoretobefun.com.

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