New Castle, Pa., often dubbed the Fireworks Capital of America, is home of Zambelli Fireworks, which provides Rehoboth Beach’s Fourth of July fireworks display every year.
It is also the hometown of Highway One Partner John Snow, who says it is time Dewey Beach had its own July 4th tradition.
“If you’re in Dewey Beach, you have to leave to go see fireworks on the Fourth,” Snow said.
Snow said he knew the Zambelli family from growing up in New Castle, and he contacted them about setting up a display in Dewey Beach. “One thing led to another,” he said.
Highway One will host its first fireworks display at 9:15 p.m., Thursday, July 4. Snow said fireworks would be set off from two barges in Rehoboth Bay, directly in front of Northbeach and Ivy.
“It’ll be like one huge grand finale,” Snow said. “People are very excited. It’s an ‘it’s about time’ kind of feeling.”
He said the 10-minute firework extravaganza would be accompanied by music and a laser show. The laser is the same one used in the OC Beach Lights Spectacular every Sunday night in Ocean City, Md., Snow said. “It’s actually the world’s largest laser,” he said.
Snow said he contacted Guinness Book of World Records, hoping to set a record for the most fireworks launched in the shortest amount of time. “They are trying to figure out if they are going to certify it,” he said.
The Guinness World Record for largest firework display was set on Nov. 10, 2012, in Kuwait, and lasted more than one hour. There is also a record for most firework rockets launched in 30 seconds – 125,801 – which was set May 8, 2010, in the Philippines.
Snow said nine tables are still available for reservation at Ivy, where guests have a front-row seat to watch the display over dinner and champagne. “Basically for people who don’t want to fight through crowds,” he said.
Highway One businesses Northbeach and the Rusty Rudder are also prime spots to view the show, Snow said.
Town Manager Marc Appelbaum said he does not know of any previous year Fourth of July fireworks set off in Dewey Beach.
The partnership, also owned by Alex Pires, aims to make fireworks an annual event in Dewey Beach. “We’ve already booked it for next year,” Snow said.
For information or to reserve a table at Ivy, call 302-227-9292.