Dover 4th of July Celebration

Date: Monday, July 4 2022

A Celebration of Independence in the ​Capital of the First State
 
Monday, July 4, 2022
Join us in beautiful downtown Dover as we celebrate Independence Day! 

10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. - The Old State House
Open for tours. Admission is free. Address: The Old State House, 25 The Green, Dover DE 19904.
Tours resume at  3:00 p.m.
 
10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. - First State Heritage Park
We're bringing you a series of FREE programs and activities throughout the day that revive the simple pleasures of times gone by. From the John Bell House (43 The Green), take a Revolutionary Dover walking tour on the hour from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and relive the drama of America's stunning birth or enjoy colonial pastimes in the yard. Meanwhile, at Legislative Hall—Delaware's regal seat of government—guided tours will be available, also from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 
Contact TourFSHP@delaware.gov or 302-739-9194 with questions. 
 
2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. - Vendors around Legislative Mall
Enjoy a meal or treat from the food vendors and peruse the craft booths on the streets surrounding Legislative Mall (a limited number of vendors may open prior to 2:00 p.m.)
 
2:00 p.m. - The Old State House
Reading of the Declaration of Independence.
Program commences with the ringing of The Old State House bell in celebration of the nation’s birthday, followed immediately by historical interpreters, dressed in period clothing, reciting the Declaration of Independence outside near the spot where the document was first read to the citizens of Dover in 1776. 
 
3:00 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. - The Old State House
Open for tours. Admission is free.
 
4:00 p.m. - The Old State House
Encore presentation - Reading of the Declaration of Independence.
 
5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. - The Old State House
Open for tours. Admission is free.

Contact OSHmuseum@delaware.gov or 302-744-5054 with questions.
 
6:00 p.m. - Parade
Enjoy floats, fire trucks, marchers, antique and classic cars in an old-fashioned patriotic parade down State Street, starting at Hazel Street and ending at The Green.
The parade is organized by the American Legion Walter L. Fox Post No. 2.
6:30 p.m. - Legislative Mall
Spinjocs Entertainment playing your favorite hits as we await the fireworks.
 
8:00 p.m. - Opening Ceremony
Remarks from the Dover’s mayor and recognition of our generous sponsors.
 
9:15 - Fireworks!!
Watch the skies light up over Legislative Mall with a grand fireworks display by Brothers Pyro Fireworks. ​Weather conditions such as passing rain showers could mean they have to be launched later or earlier, so we suggest getting there by 8 p.m. just in case. Also keep in mind fireworks cannot be launched in high winds.

Upcoming Dates For This Event:
  • Monday, July 4
    • 15 E. Loockerman St Dover, Delaware
  • Location: Downtown Dover
  • Time: 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM

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