4th of July Activites in Lewes


Lewes Celebrates the 4th of July


The City of Lewes continues its long tradition of hosting OLD FASHIONED CHILDREN'S GAMES on Second Street beginning at 9 am.  For the safety of the participants, Second Street will be closed while the games are in progress and will re-open at the conclusion of the games. 

Following the games, the Lewes INDEPENDENCE DAY BOAT PARADE will wind its way down the Lewes – Rehoboth canal from the Roosevelt Inlet to Fisherman’s Wharf as part of the City of Lewes’ 4th of July holiday festivities. 
The parade entrants will leave from Roosevelt Inlet across from the Coast Guard Station at 1:30 pm and at approximately 2 pm they will pass in front of the judges’ reviewing stand and turn before reaching the Savannah Road Drawbridge. Lewes Mayor Ted Becker will announce the parade with amplification in the area of Fisherman’s Wharf and the City Dock. The parade judges are members of City Council, Lightship Overfalls Foundation President Albert Didden and the Lewes-Rehoboth Rotary Club President Jason Bentley. This is the 15th year that the Overfalls Foundation has sponsored the Independence Day Boat Parade and the first year of their collaboration with the Rotary Club.


 All pre-registered boat entrants will be eligible for prizes that include a unique hand-carved figurine by local carver Bert Long, a member of the organizing committee.  The figurine will be awarded to the most creatively decorated boat.  First, Second and Third Place Ribbons will also be awarded. All boat entrants will receive merchandise prizes from the Overfalls Foundation. Boats will be judged on the best use of patriotic decorations. At the conclusion of the parade, all boat entrants are invited to attend the Awards Ceremony on the deck of the Lightship Overfalls at 3:30 pm.  To be eligible for a prize, the vessel must be registered no later than 3 pm on July 3rd.  Registration forms are available at the Lewes Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center in the Fisher-Martin House in Zwaanendael Park and the Lewes Harbour Marina Bait and Tackle at the end of Anglers Road.  For more information, call the Lewes Chamber of Commerce (302) 645-8073.  Late, unregistered entries are invited to join the parade by arriving at the Roosevelt Inlet at 1:30 pm, tuning a VHF radio to channel 65 and following instructions. There is no charge to participate as an entrant in the boat parade or to be a spectator.  Good viewing spots line the canal on both sides and go on a first come basis.


The fun continues with the unique and quirky DOO-DAH PARADE that forms in the vicinity of Lloyd’s Market on Savannah Road and winds its way down Kings Highway to Second Street and ends on Savannah Road, heading back towards Lloyds. No preregistration is required and everyone is invited to participate. The time the parade kicks off is always unpredictable but that’s what makes this iconic Lewes 4th of July tradition so entertaining. 


Finally, the day caps off with the first, fully sanctioned FIREWORKS that will be shot from a barge off Lewes Beach at dusk. Last fall, the City of Lewes approved the initiative to solicit donations from the Lewes area business community and local residents to fund a professional fireworks display on the 4th of July. The “Go Fourth” Committee was formed with Honorary Chairman Russ Palmer leading the group of volunteers who have been meeting since then to coordinate the fundraising, promotion, logistics and stage the event which is open to the public. The best visibility is from Roosevelt Inlet to the Cape May-Lewes Ferry terminal. Information about the event is on the committee’s website – with links from the City of Lewes website ( or the Lewes Chamber of Commerce website (