Four of July fireworks show in historic downtown Dover, Delaware

Celebrate the Fourth of July in Historic Downtown Dover

Summer is in full swing and one of our favorite holidays — the Fourth of July — is right around the corner. There’s no better place to celebrate our country’s independence than the capital city of the very first state, Dover!

The annual Fourth of July celebration is truly one of our favorite things to do in Dover: packed with activities and attractions for all ages, Delaware’s Quaint Villages puts on an especially memorable display for Independence Day. If you’ve been considering visiting Kent County, this long weekend is the perfect time to do so — experience the best of Delaware’s historic charm at the peak of summer.


Dover will be bursting with events this Fourth of July: between a Historic Dover scavenger hunt to themed historic walks and food and craft vendors, it’s the perfect location for a mini-getaway. As celebrators line the streets, all of Dover’s favorite attractions will hold themed events, from the National Bell-Ringing Ceremony at The Old State House on The Green to guided tours of Legislative Hall.


Traveling with the little ones? They’ll go wild for our kid-friendly events. This year’s free children’s activities include a moon bounce, pony rides and petting zoo! Fuel up for the parade and fireworks at one of the many food vendors, and then settle in for the old-fashioned Fourth of July parade with music, marchers, antique cars and more. To cap it all off, fireworks set to the soundtrack of massive Broadway hit Hamilton start at dusk!


Click here to discover the full roster of events. While you’re in Kent County, don’t miss the amazing food and drink, historical sites and summertime events and festivals. Make it a Fourth to remember this year – plan your trip today. See you in Dover!

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