As one of the original colonies in the founding of our country, Delaware has continued to make history since it was first settled in 1631 by the Dutch. Known as ‘The First State’ due to being the first state to ratify the Constitution in 1787, one of the ‘first’ things you’ll want to do if you visit or live in this state is watch a spectacular pyrotechnic display. Both young and old will enjoy seeing firework shows in the bigger towns or down at the resorts on the coasts for festivals, holidays and other special events.
In Wilmington, Delaware’s largest city and its economic hub, the annual city sponsored firework show at Tubman-Garrett Riverfront Park has been put on the chopping block. But check back each wear because fans are hoping that this 20-minute firework show over the Christina River which was set to the music of the Delaware Symphony Orchestra will be reinstated. Currently the two places to see 4th of July fireworks in the Wilmington area are at the University of Delaware’s athletic complex and at Longwood Gardens where the pyrodisplay will be set to music in tandem with the Longwood fountains and a summer pops concert. There are plenty of other fireworks shows up and down the state, including in Middletown, Dover, Smyrna, Bethany Beach and, of course, Rehoboth Beach, which draws a massive crowd of about 80,000 people each year. The pyrotechnic display at Rehoboth Beach follows a day’s full of fun boardwalk activities and is choreographed by the famous Zambelli Internationale.
For New Year’s Eve, celebrate in Dover at ‘First Night Dover’ wither performances for the whole family. The nine-hour festival features performances both indoors and outdoors and culminates in a musical firework at midnight shot off in the heart of Dover at the Legislative Mall. Wilmington also has a First Night celebration to ring in the New Year; features include an ice-skating rink and a festive firework show.
Oh my ‘gord’! An unusual place to catch a firework show is at the World Championship Punkin Chunkin in Sussex County at the beginning of November. This event started out as just a few local men tossing a few leftover pumpkins around in a field, today it has grown into a sporting event drawing in folks from around the world. In addition to ‘punkin chunkin,’ the three day long party includes concerts, family activities and nighttime firework shows.
Delaware is not home to any of the big four professional sports, but there are a number of sporting associations within the state. The Wilmington Blue Socks are a minor league baseball team that will, on occasion, host firework displays after home games. Many die-hard fans will head over to nearby Philadelphia and Baltimore to watch their favorite teams and celebrate big championships in pyrotechnic style.
Whether a visitor or resident of Delaware it always makes sense to research firework watching opportunities long before day so plans to get a viewing spot can be made. Read local event blogs, city news sties or check in with your hotel concierge to get tips. The calendar at the Delaware Visitor’s Center is another good resource for finding firework events. This is a good way to stay up to date on all the events throughout the state, including pyrotechnic displays. You’ll find quick and accurate information from these go-to resources for entertainment in Delaware. Delaware, from the urban to rural areas, is memorable places to watch fireworks illuminate the night sky over the New England winter snow or summer fields of green. The fireworks (along with the scenery) will take your breath away; you’ll remember the stunning displays of sparks in the sky for many years to come.
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