Fireworks to celebrate twin Cape Region 50s

Ferry, state park mark anniversaries June 29
Cape Region residents and visitors will get a chance for some early fireworks at 9:30 p.m. Sunday, June 29, launched from the state park fishing pier.  The pier will be closed that day to allow for preparations. BY RON MACARTHUR
June 18, 2014

It's 50-50 in the Cape Region.

Cape Henlopen State Park and the Cape May-Lewes Ferry are both celebrating their 50th anniversaries in 2014. The ferry went into service July 1, 1964, and the state park opened Oct. 17, 1964.

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In honor of the milestone, a fireworks presentation will take place starting at 9:30 p.m. Sunday, June 29, from the state park fishing pier.

Spectators may park at the main beach parking lot in the state park. Other parking areas will open as the main area is filled.

The fishing pier will close at 6 a.m., June 29 to allow for preparations. This special event is sponsored by the Cape May-Lewes Ferry, the Friends of Cape Henlopen State Park and Delaware State Parks. The fireworks display is provided by Pyrotecnico.

Fireworks can be seen from most points along the shore of Delaware Bay in Lewes, including the beach near the fishing pier.

After the fireworks, visitors can avoid traffic exiting the park by reserving a campsite at Cape Henlopen’s campground. As an incentive, the park is offering a 25 percent discount on camping registration for the night of Sunday, June 29. In addition, families and individuals are encouraged to take advantage of Cape Henlopen’s public programs, including a kayak eco-tour of the Delaware Breakwater at 10 a.m., June 29, and kayak and paddleboard rentals to customize a paddling trip.

Campers arriving early Saturday, June 28, are invited to tour Battery 519 or Fort Miles, learn about nature’s wonders around a campfire or visit the touch tank at the Seaside Nature Center. Those participating in the Delaware State Parks Great Parks Pursuit will be able to check several items off the list of activities, and three of the trails in the Delaware State Parks Trail Challenge are in Cape Henlopen.

Information about fireworks, camping and programs in the park is available at More information is available at 645-6852.

The Delaware River and Bay Authority is scheduling a full day of activities at the Lewes ferry terminal Saturday, June 29, leading up to the fireworks.


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