Join Us for a Festival to Remember! 2024's celebration will begin with fireworks on Friday, May 3 and the full festival and parade on Saturday, May 4.
The annual Dover Days Festival is one of Delaware’s largest and longest-running free events, and is entirely dedicated to promoting our state’s heritage and culture.
Dover Days is easily the biggest parade in Kent County, with Delaware’s Governor traditionally serving as Grand Marshal.
Each year’s Dover Days activities showcase our state’s history and heritage, as well as highlights from more contemporary times such as the parade, traditional Maypole Dancing, games, tethered hot air balloon rides, moon bounce village, over 100 craft and food vendors, music, colonial artisans’ village and historic re-enactment groups.
Dover Days is a true celebration of the first state — right in the heart of the first capital! Dover Days was placed among the Top 100 USA Events by the American Bus Association.
This is a RAIN or SHINE event held on the first Saturday in May.
Local students participate in Traditional Maypole Dancing at Dover Days on The Green
Annual Dover Days Parade (photo shows Governor John Carney in 2023)
Both colonial artisans/re-enactors and modern vendors are welcome at Dover Days!