While some Cape Region towns have sanctioned fireworks shows, pirate fireworks shows along Lewes Beach have become a July Fourth tradition attracting thousands to the shoreline.
Lewes Beach received a double dose of fireworks July 4 and July 5. With strong winds blowing the night of July 4 from the aftermath of Hurricane Arthur, many beachfront shows – but not all – were postponed until the following night.
On July 5, fireworks could be seen along the beach from the ferry terminal to Roosevelt Inlet and beyond to Broadkill Beach and Slaughter Beach and even across the Delaware Bay in Cape May, N.J. Spectators say it was hard to know where to look with so many fireworks lighting up the sky.
Even the vibrant colors of the July 5 sunset cooperated to add more color to the night.
All types of fireworks in Delaware are illegal, but traditionally local officials respond only to complaints on July Fourth.