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A Celebration Of Independence In The Capital Of The First State  
  
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Fourth of July Celebration Committee, Inc.
15 E. Loockerman St.
Dover, DE 19901
(302) 674-7579

 
 
Celebrate the 4th of July in Historic Dover, Delaware

Many thanks to all of our sponsors, and to everyone who joined us, for another exciting July 4th celebration!! The Fourth of July Celebration Committee welcomes any feedback you have, positive or negative, as well as suggestions for improvements to future events... e-mail us at info@dover4thofjuly.com.


Event and Parking Map

2014 Schedule of Events

9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
First State Heritage Park Welcome Center and Galleries open (121 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. North) with a current exhibition on the Underground Railroad in Delaware and a Delaware Public Archives exhibit for the 70th anniversary of the D-Day invasion.

9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Johnson Victrola Museum open (375 S. New St.) with patriotic music recorded by the Victor Record Company played on original Victrola Talking Machines.

9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Legislative Hall, Delaware's State Capitol Building, open (411 Legislative Ave.) with guided tours throughout the day. Photo ID is required for all adults.

9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Historic Dover Scavenger Hunt beginning at the Welcome Center (121 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. North) and extending throughout Dover's historic sites and museums. Win a Delaware pin for uncovering the secrets.

9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
The Old State House open (on The Green) with guided tours throughout the day and the film "Thunder and Rain" about Caesar Rodney's historic ride for independence at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
John Bell House open (on The Green) with "Simple Pleaasures," 18th-century games and activities for children of all ages! No experience required.

9 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Biggs Museum of American Art open (406 Federal St.) with self-guided tours of the permanent collection.

10 a.m.- 4 p.m.
Biggs Kids Freedom Flags lets children celebrate America's birthday by creating a flag to wave during the parade and fireworks. At the Biggs Museum of American Art (406 Federal St.).

10 a.m.
"An Illegal Activity: The Underground Railroad In Delaware" - guided tour of an exhibit focusing on the state's crucial role in the Underground Railroad and two of its heroes. At the First State Heritage Park Welcome Center & Galleries (121 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. North).

11 a.m.
Ceremony to honor Caesar Rodney with a 13-gun salute and memorial proceedings, by Sons of the American Revolution, Caesar Rodney Chapter. At Christ Episcopal Church cemetery (Water Street and S. State Street).

11 a.m.
Showing of "Thunder and Rain" film about Caesar Rodney's historic ride to cast a vote for the Declaration of Independence, at the Old State House on The Green.

Noon
"An Illegal Activity: The Underground Railroad In Delaware" guided tour of an exhibit focusing on the state's crucial role in the Underground Railroad and two of its heroes. At the First State Heritage Park Welcome Center & Galleries (121 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. North).

12:30 p.m.
Dover's Heroes of the Revolution Walking Tour, featuring Tories, Whigs, militia and insurrection, and visits to the final resting places of such valiant figures as John Haslet and John Patton, and see the locations around The Green associated with other early military heroes including Caesar Rodney and Dr. James Tilton. Meet at the John Bell House on The Green.

1 p.m.
Showing of "Thunder and Rain" film about Caesar Rodney's historic ride to cast a vote for the Declaration of Independence, at the Old State House on The Green.

2 p.m.
National Bell-Ringing Ceremony at The Old State House on The Green, joining bells ringing across America's thirteen original colonies and featuring a reading of the Declaration of Independence.

2:30 p.m.
Tales of Slavery and Freedom Walking Tour featuring the story of how a brave group of runaway slaves known as the Dover Eight made a daring escape from the Dover Jail. Hear about famous African-American Richard Allen and his connection to the Golden Fleece Tavern. Meet at the John Bell House on The Green.

3 p.m.
Showing of "Thunder and Rain" film about Caesar Rodney's historic ride to cast a vote for the Declaration of Independence, at the Old State House on The Green.

4 p.m.
An Illegal Activity: The Underground Railroad In Delaware guided tour of an exhibit focusing on the state's crucial role in the Underground Railroad and two heroes. At the First State Heritage Park Welcome Center & Galleries (121 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. North).

4:30 p.m.
Dover's Heroes of the Revolution Walking Tour, featuring Tories, Whigs, militia and insurrection, and visits to the final resting places of such valiant figures as John Haslet and John Patton, and see the locations around The Green associated with other early military heroes including Caesar Rodney and Dr. James Tilton. Meet at the John Bell House on The Green.

4:30 p.m.
Bell-Ringing Ceremony at The Old State House on The Green, featuring a reading of the Declaration of Independence.

5 to 8:30 p.m.
Childrens Activities with moonbounces, an inflatable obstacle course, pony rides and petting zoo at the west end of Legislative Mall near the Liberty Bell replica.

5 to 9 p.m.
Craft and food vendors will be open for business on Martin Luther King Boulevard North on the north side of Legislative Mall.

6 p.m.
Old Fashioned 4th of July Parade organized by American Legion Walter L. Fox Post No. 2. The parade route is down State Street, starting at Hazel Road and ending just past The Green.

6:45 p.m.
The Smooth Sound Dance Band of the Milford Community Band will play music of the Big Band era and current pieces in front of Legislative Hall.

7:45 p.m.
Opening ceremony with our National Anthem in front of Legislative Hall.

8 p.m.
The 287th Army Band of the Delaware National Guard presents a concert of patriotic, pop and other favorites, finishing with Tchaikovsky's exciting "Overture 1812" - complete with cannons - leading into the fireworks. In front of Legislative Hall.

Approximately 9:25 p.m.
Fireworks! Exploding in the sky over Legislative Hall, the pyrotechnics show by Bay Fireworks will feature this year's musical theme: "Music from the Mouse Movies."





 

2014 SPONSORS


Dover's annual Fourth of July celebration is made possible only through the generous donations of local businesses and individuals. Please consider being a Sponsor or Adopt-a-Firework and show your support for this community event!


Star Sponsors
Delaware State News

Dover Post

Dover Pool and Patio

Kent County Association of Realtors


Stripe Sponsors
Chesapeake Utilities Corporation
Byler's Store

Red Sponsors
Downtown Dover Partnership
Dover Downs Hotel & Casino
Regulatory Insurance Services
Dover Downtown Rotary
Graham Lawn & Tree Services
Headley Associates
Kent County Levy Court
Delaware Electric Co-op

White Sponsors
Gary & Lynn Coy
Bob, Jennifer & Quin Scacheri
Ron & Ruth Shomo
William F. Hare
Adam & Kasey Perza
Mr. & Mrs. Kenneth A. Sparks
Lighthouse Construction
Peter A Oldziey & Associates
Camdel Metals
Eden Hill Medical Center
Diamond State Properties
Westside Car Wash
Del-One Federal Credit Union
Gary & Betsy Patterson
Courtland Manor
Wayne & Donna Mitchell
Mitten & Winters, LLP, CPA's
Julia Painter
First State Orthopaedics
National Communications Inc, DBA C.S. Kidner Associates
Steve & Gail Nemcic
Family Dental Associates
First State Oral Surgery & Maxillofacial Surgery Corp.
Olivia & Carter Nemcic
The Jonczyk's
Dover Automotive, Inc (NAPA)
Lawrence A. Louie DMD
Sandra & Dennis Klima
Super Lodge
Spence's Bazaar & Flea Market
Delaware Veteran's Post #2
The Honorable William L. Witham
Knights of Columbus Dover Council #4182
Mike & Yvonne Hall
State Street Inn
Schucker Family

Blue Sponsors
State Representative Darryl Scott
Kip & Joe McDaniel
Donald Boon
Delmarva Cleaning & Maintenance
Patricia M. Heather
In Memory of WO Sean W. Mullen
Orthodontics on Silver Lake
Bob Moore Realty Company
Paul Edwards Carpet
Bob Simmons State Farm Agency
Burns & Ellis Realtors
Delaware Association of REALTORS
Elizabeth W. Murphey School
First State CPAs
Forrest Ave Animal Hospital
Tom & Sylvia Holt
John & Pamela Van Gorp
Robert A. Schwartz
Delmarva Power & Light Company
J. A. Hill Associates
Meineke Car Care Center
BrightFields Inc.
Chicks Saddlery & Western Wear
Vicki Fjelsted Fields
Barros McNamara Malkiewicz & Taylor PA
Mike & Cindy Sampere
Norman M Lippman DDS
Brad & Susan Ebaugh
Kent Foot & Ankle Center Inc.
Dover Electric Supply Company
Falasco Masonry, Inc
Fred & Mary Kaltreider
John M. Welgan Contracting
Century Engineering Inc
Dorothy & Rich Mellen
H & D Tuck
Linda Davis
Pride of Dover #125
Quinn Pediatric Dentisrty, P.A.
Steve & Connie Welde
House of Pride
Trader Funeral Home
Carl & Michelle Baltrusch
Kriss Industrial Park LLC
Dance Conservatory
James L. Hutchison
Pratt Insurance Inc
Cool Springs Fish Bar & Restaurant
Restaurant 55
Sen. Brian & Rocky Bushweller
Fran & Dottie Urick
Greg & LeAnn Eroe
Rick Givens
Donna M & Alan Lamos

Friends of the Fourth
Jerry & Margie Tucker
Donna & Rodney Moore
Emlyn Construction Co.
Lamberto M. Arellano, MD
Sarah G Hastings
List Refrigeration, Inc
Merle Norman Cosmetics
Richard T. Ziegler
Wanda M. Youmans
William & Sylvia Mincy
Junior's Lawn Service
Sharon Hall

Adopt-A-Firework
Dan & Phyllis Marsh
Ryan Carey
Kaitlyn Reed
Anthony J Iannini
The Speeds
Jennifer Torgerson
Car Cover World
Mary Moller
Katilyn Milligan
Thomas & Gail Vella
In memory of Wythena Muntz Fleming
Peter & Sharyn Helms
Ray Johnson & Andy Johnson
AHDA's Star
Elizabeth DeBold
Rusty Clark
Buckley Builders Inc
Nancy Frazer
North Smyrna Dunkin Donuts Crew
Kyle T Wagner