Despite storm threat, Rehoboth fireworks go off perfectly

Severe weather stayed just north of city so display could happen as planned for thousands
July 3, 2023

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Rehoboth Beach Bandstand
Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971
United States

Rehoboth Beach hosted its annual fireworks display July 2. Tens of thousands of people lined the beach, Boardwalk and Bandstand area to watch the 20-minute display. A looming thunderstorm system approached as the designated time neared, but miraculously the storm stayed north and everyone remained dry.

The Rehoboth fireworks were the first of a number of events taking place in the Cape Region for the holiday. Don’t miss these events taking place Tuesday, July 4.


Fourth of July in Lewes will offer a bevy of fun and games for all ages, starting with the Old-Fashioned Children’s Games at 9 a.m. on Second Street. An Independence Day Boat Parade will start at 1:30 p.m., with judging at Fisherman’s Wharf.

The Annual Doo-Dah Parade will step off in the vicinity of Lloyd's Market at 5 p.m., and the Go Fourth fireworks celebration will blast off at dusk from a barge off Lewes Beach. Call 302-645-8073 or go to or for more information.

Go Fourth fireworks organizers encourage attendees to arrive early to find parking. There will be no parking along Savannah Road and Cape Henlopen Drive.

Bridges to Lewes Beach will be closed to eastbound traffic for safety and traffic control. Pedestrians, bicycles and outbound/westbound traffic will be able to use the bridges. The Savannah Road bridge will close to vehicular traffic at 7 p.m. The Freeman Highway bridge will close to vehicular traffic at 8 p.m. Lewes Beach residents wishing to use the bridge after 7 p.m. should use Freeman Highway. No one will be permitted to watch the fireworks from the bridge.

Vehicles will be held for at least a half-hour following the fireworks show to allow pedestrians and cyclists to leave. Lewes Beach traffic will go directly out on Savannah Road after the show. There will be no turns onto Gills Neck Road, Pilottown Road and Kings Highway, to keep traffic moving efficiently. Cape Henlopen Drive traffic will leave via Freeman Highway.

The Lewes Line will cease operations at 7 p.m.

A rain date of Wednesday, July 5 is set.

For more information or to donate toward next year’s show, go to

Dewey Beach

Fireworks will light the sky over Rehoboth Bay to celebrate Independence Day in Dewey Beach Tuesday, July 4, as has been tradition in recent years. 

Highway One Companies President Alex Pires has sponsored the annual fireworks display since 2013. It is typically launched from a barge in the bay in front of Northbeach/Ivy, two blocks north of the Rusty Rudder, and visible throughout town.


The Milton Chamber of Commerce will host the annual Bring Mayberry Back to Milton festival in Memorial Park from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tuesday, July 4.

This festival is free for all to attend and will feature entertainment, food, games, dunk tanks, water balloon fights, pie-eating contests, train rides and more. For updates, go to under Events.


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