July 4 Events at the Delaware Beaches

Looking for a new venue in which to experience the Fourth of July observances this year? If you’ve never given much thought to visiting the fun and diverse Delaware Beaches, why not rectify that this Fourth of July?

The Delaware Beaches offer spectacular and memorable Independence Day festivities. From games to fireworks, there’s something for everyone when it comes to celebrating the country’s birthday! Like your beaches wild and loud or more laid-back and tranquil? There’s something for everyone, so check out this year’s Fourth of July itinerary on the Delaware Beaches, from the #1 beach in the area, Rehoboth Beach, to other bashes on beaches and in state parks in the surrounding area.

Rehoboth Beach Activities

Many consider Delaware’s top beach resort town to be Rehoboth Beach has plenty to do on the sand and its well-known boardwalk. The beach’s boardwalk is home to a candy kitchen, Funnel Cake Factory, rides at Funland, a haunted mansion, and plenty of beach stores. There are also kayaks and jet skis to rent, discovery tours, the largest waterpark in the state, dolphin-watching cruises, parasailing, fishing charters, and great places to eat.

Among the best things to do in Rehoboth Beach is partake in the area’s Fourth of July celebrations!

This year, the United States Navy Band performs on July 4th as part of the Summer Concert Series on the Rehoboth Beach Bandstand. Hailed as the “premier wind ensemble of the U.S. Navy”, this band brings an 85-year history of performing to this Delaware beach. With a mix of a wind ensemble repertoire with marches and orchestral presentations, this is a FREE event you won’t want to miss.

The Rehoboth Beach 4th of July fireworks display canceled, like so many other events across the country last year due to COVID-19, is set to go off on the night of Saturday, July 3rd at 9:30 p.m. at the Bandstand. Funster, a quality area band from southern Delaware that has entertained crowds for more than 20 years with its eclectic performance of everything from the Beatles to Frank Sinatra, will be performing before and after the fireworks show.

The fireworks are launched from the beach just south of Rehoboth Avenue.

Lewes Beach Activities

Another top-rated Delaware Beach destination is Lewes Beach, a family-friendly beach where the surf is gentle, and the area is quiet except, of course, when the town’s fireworks are launched from a barge off Lewes Beach at dusk on July 4th!

july 4th balloons by rehoboth beach

The holiday festivities, hosted by the Lewes Chamber of Commerce, begin at 1:30 with the Lewes Independence Day Boat Parade that marches along the canal from Roosevelt Inlet to Fisherman’s Wharf.

Last year, the children’s games, a favorite of the Lewes Beach Independence Day celebrations, were canceled due to COVID-19 concerns. But that doesn’t mean the entire family can’t have fun watching the parade and fireworks and enjoying the quiet beach throughout the Fourth of July weekend.

Bethany Beach Activities

Bethany Beach presents its annual Independence Day Celebration, a two-day event over Sunday, July 4th, and Monday, July 5th. Although traditionally, this year, the celebration kicks off with a two-mile parade at noon on the first day, as last COVID-19 restrictions canceled the parade.

However, there’s still the horseshoe-throwing contest at 2 p.m. (on the grounds of the Christian Church). There’s also a beach trolley, a farmers’ market, and area state and town parks where there are picnic areas, ball fields, hiking trails, and a playground.

On Sunday at 7:30 p.m., the 287th Army Band performs patriotic and Big Band and Broadway tunes. On Monday, July 5th, the crowd is entertained by Dewey Beach-based Love Seed Mama Jump, a six-piece guitar-driven band with a modern pop sound and what is described as “impassioned” vocals. They have been featured on, among others, MTV, ABC, and ESPN.

The fireworks blast from the beach off of Wellington Parkway at 9:15 p.m. on July 5th.

From 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. Friday, July 2nd, the Kings Creek Country Club in Rehoboth Beach has a Fourth of July Summer BBQ and Cookout Smorgasbord, with live music from Funster and children’s crafts and activities that include a water balloon toss and inflatables. A fireworks display goes off at 9:30 p.m. The event is for both members and guests ($53 members, $58 guests; $27 and $30 for kids, respectively). The Club also hosts a bike parade on July 4th between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. with prizes for the most decorated bike and most patriotic outfit.

Fenwick Island

“Serene” and “laid-back” are words that best describe Fenwick Island, DE. With a focus on family fun like waterslides and putt-putt, there’s also plenty of beaches where you can sunbathe, fish, and relax.

Parades and fireworks are the norms on Fenwick Island for the 4th of July holiday, but you can also take a cruise to watch the fireworks from the water. A party on the water with drinks and food and impressive fireworks bursting in the sky and reflected in the waters. A genuinely engaging experience you won’t soon forget!

Plan Your Next Stay

Seachange also has a variety of rentals including Bethany Beach rentals, Lewes Beach vacation homes, Fenwick Island vacation rentals, and Dewey Beach rentals. No matter what location you choose, all rentals have wonderful amenities and place you close to wherever the action is, be it Fourth of July celebrations or annual summer events and activities.

Other Events

While the Fourth of July is certainly cause for plenty of celebrations, there is always plenty of fun planned throughout July at these and other Delaware Beaches.

Some other events scheduled throughout July include:

  • Drive-In Movies at Bellevue State Park (July 3rd)
  • Heavy Artillery Demonstration at Fort Delaware State Park (July 3rd)
  • Movies on the Beach – Rehoboth Beach (weekly every Monday)
  • Carnival Night – Bethany Beach Bandstand (July 7th)
  • Sunset River Cruise – Fort Delaware State Park (dates vary between June 17th – July 22nd)
  • Bethany Beach Farmers’ Market (every Sunday until September 5th)
  • Bonfires on Dewey Beach (weekly every Wednesday until August 11th)
  • Lantern Tour of Delaware Seashore State Park (weekly on Wednesdays until August 18th)
rehoboth beach boardwalk
  • Lyle Gun Firing & Museum Tour – Delaware Seashore State Park (dates vary until August 18th)
  • Night Hike: The Indian River Inlet Bridge – Delaware Seashore State Park (dates vary until August 19th)
  • Delaware Shakespeare Summer Festival – Rockwood Mansion Park (dates vary between July 16th – August 1st)
  • Wild Crab Chase – Delaware Seashore State Park (dates vary until August 19th)
  • Pea Patch River Cruise – Fort Delaware State Park (dates vary until July 22nd)
  • Christopher Westfall – Bethany Beach Bandstand (July 29th)

The Delaware State Fair also hits the area between July 22nd – July 31st!

The great thing about many of these events is that you’re never too far from Rehoboth Beach vacation rentals. You’ll also be close to shops, restaurants, and of course the beach. Seachange Vacation Rentals offers many three- to six-bedroom vacation homes and condos—so many Rehoboth Beach places to stay! In most cases, depending on your rental, you’ll get flat-screen TVs, outdoor entertainment features like a hot tub or pool/patio area, a garage, a fenced-in backyard, or instant access to the beach.

We have pet-friendly rentals, so if Fido is coming along for the festivities, you’re sure to find an accommodating place to stay.