As only Lewes can, the First Town in the First State celebrated the independence of the United States of America in a variety of unique ways leading up to the extravagant fireworks finale hosted by Go Fourth Lewes.
Residents and visitors started searching for the optimal fireworks spot shortly after the Doo-Dah Parade wrapped up about 5:45 p.m. Canalfront Park slowly filled with families enjoying a picnic on the spacious lawn, opting to view the fireworks from a calmer location than the busy beach. Rooftops and decks featuring red, white and blue banners played host to a wide-range of guests, choosing to view the show from a higher elevation. The most action, as always, came on Savannah Beach, where families and guests filled nearly every inch of sand.
Lifeguards patrolled until 8:30 p.m., at which time their stands were utilized by adventurous viewers clamoring for a better spot, or story to tell their friends. Brave swimmers even ventured out into the Delaware Bay to experience the colorful blasts within reach of the tides.
The Lewes Police Department, Lewes Fire Department and Sussex County Emergency Operations ensured the safety throughout the night, directing traffic and providing assistance for those in need. There were no incidents reported.
The excitement throughout the crowd was palpable all night, as residents and visitors alike celebrated the Fourth of July by watching the fireworks show, expressing their appreciation during their walk back from a show funded for the people by the people.