As you can probably guess, parties, gatherings and events centered around the celebration of our nation’s independence, dominate this weekend in coastal Delaware. And there are certainly plenty of them at or near the Delaware beaches.

We’ve broken down many of this weekend’s July 4th festivities for you below, so take a look and decide which ones you’d like to attend. All are being held in essentially a 24-hour period from Sunday night to Monday night, so enjoy.

But there are also a few other things on tap for this weekend, including the 50th celebration of a popular local arts show, a fun and historical bike tour through Cape Henlopen State Park and a concert by the country’s premier military band ensemble.

And don’t forget your local farmer’s markets, restaurants, special programs at the state parks, concerts at the Freeman Stage and so much more than makes summertime at the Delaware beaches such a fun time of year.

So with so much going on over the next few days, let’s get right to it shall we? Here are our selections for what to do in coastal Delaware during the July 4th holiday weekend:

St. Peter’s Art Show (July 2). This is the 50th anniversary of the popular summertime event, which has been held on the first Saturday of July each year since 1966. There will be more than 140 artists and crafters on site this year, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Saturday, at the church on Mulberry Street in Lewes. Items on sale include paintings, photographs, jewelry, carvings, ceramics and much more. For more information on this show, as well as a complete schedule of the day’s events, visit St. Peter’s website.

Doo Dah Parade (July 4). It may be held on the 4th of July, but the Doo Dah Parade in Lewes is anything but your average Independence Day procession through the “First Town in the First State.” Of significance, the parade has no official starting time so, as officials like to say, it never starts late. Organizers also urge residents to “bring your own fun spirit and kazoo or bicycle or wagon or yo-yo or hula-hoop or anything else that is family fun-oriented.” In short, just come out and have a good time! You never know what you might see at this fun annual event, so why not come out and have a look. The parade route starts on Manila Avenue and winds along Kings Highway, Savannah Road, Second Street, Market Street and Third Street. It will start sometime around 5 p.m., so be early and be flexible.

Cape Gazette Photo

United States Navy Band in Concert (July 4). From 8 to 9:15 p.m. on Monday, the United States Navy Concert Band will be performing at the Rehoboth Beach Bandstand. This is a FREE event and is open to all members of the public. The U.S. Navy Concert Band has been performing for more than 85 years and is recognized as one of the finest wind ensembles in the world. Monday’s performance will include a wide selection of marches, patriotic selections and more.

Cold War Bike Tour (July 1). Jump on your bicycle this Friday and take a trip to Cape Henlopen State Park, where you can ride along with a local historian and see the relics of the Cold War that still remain in the park. Organizers promise you’ll hear tales of Doomsday ships, spies, Soviet submarine tracking and more. This event is for ages 10 and above and you must bring your own bike. It’s also limited to 20 participants, so call 302-645-6852 to save your spot. The event is FREE with paid admission to the state park.

Fourth of July Celebrations:

July 3

  • Rehoboth Beach Fireworks. The area’s most spectacular fireworks display will be launched from the beach beginning at approximately 9:15 p.m. on Sunday. There will also be live entertainment at the bandstand before and after the show. For parking information, visit

  • Cape May-Lewes Ferry. This year’s fireworks cruise will depart at 7:15 p.m. and will return to the Lewes Ferry Terminal at 11 p.m. This event is limited to 800 people and cost $35 per adult and $20 per child. There will be live music from Glass Onion onboard, as well as a spectacular fireworks display on the Delaware Bay. Contact the Cape May Lewes Ferry for more information.

July 4

  • Old Fashioned Fourth of July in Lewes. This event includes children’s activities on Second Street starting at 9 a.m., a decorated boat parade on the Canal starting at 2 p.m. and the Doo Dah Parade (see above) beginning around 5 p.m.

  • Laurel Fourth of July Celebration. This year’s parade through town will begin at 5:30 p.m., with the Little Miss Independence pageant starting an hour later. There will also be a cornhole tournament, a pie eating contest and live music throughout the evening. There will also be a carnival. Fireworks begin at dusk.

  • Bethany Beach Independence Day Celebration. The festivities in Bethany Beach begin at noon, with one of the area’s best holiday parades, which includes lots of local children riding their red, white and blue adorned bicycles. There will also be activities throughout the day, which concludes with fireworks at dusk.

DelmarvaNow.Com Photo

  • Ocean City Inlet. There will be a free concert on the beach at North Division Street beginning at 8 p.m., followed by fireworks at 9:30 p.m.

  • Dewey Beach. There will be a fireworks display over Rehoboth Bay, beginning at 9 p.m. Photo

Whatever you choose to do this weekend, we hope you have a fun and exciting few days here at the Delaware beaches.

And be sure to check back here next week in our “Weekender Blog” for more great happenings in and near coastal Delaware.

Have a great weekend everyone!