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Join Wilmington’s Spectacular July 4th Fireworks Extravaganza!

July 2, 2024

Wilmington Mayor Mike Purzycki and Cultural Affairs Director Tina Betz are thrilled to invite residents and visitors to the city’s annual Independence Day fireworks show on **Thursday, July 4th**! The celebration kicks off with family-friendly activities starting at 4:00 p.m., culminating in a breathtaking fireworks display at 9:30 p.m. (Rain date: **Friday, July 5th** for the fireworks show only.) 

**🌟 Get ready for a night to remember! 🌟** Wilmington’s July 4th Freedom Celebration Fireworks Show by Pyrotecnico will light up the sky, choreographed to stirring music at Tubman-Garrett Riverfront Park. Located at French Street and Rosa Parks Drive, the show will be visible from many fantastic spots along the Christina Riverfront.

**Can’t make it in person?** No worries! The fireworks show will be livestreamed by DETV Channel 28 on the Comcast Network, as well as on DETV’s website and social media platforms including Facebook and X. You can also catch the live action on the City of Wilmington’s Facebook page.

**🎉 Family Fun for Everyone! 🎉** Starting at 4:00 p.m., Tubman-Garrett Riverfront Park will buzz with FREE family-centered activities! Enjoy tours of Delaware’s historic Tall Ship, the Kalmar Nyckel, groove to live music, get your face painted, and play a variety of family games until 8:00 p.m. Food and merchandise vendors will be available throughout the afternoon and evening to keep you refreshed and entertained.

**🚨 Important Reminder on Fireworks Safety 🚨** Please remember that selling or possessing most fireworks is illegal under Delaware law. For everyone’s safety, leave the fireworks to the professionals. While fireworks add a dazzling touch to the celebrations, they can also be dangerous – sparklers, for example, burn at a scorching 1,200°F. Avoid any risk of burns, injuries, or worse; let the experts handle the fireworks to ensure a safe and spectacular display.

**🎵 Music Schedule 🎵**

– **5:00 p.m.** – Big Package

– **6:30 p.m.** – Cintron Mambo Magic

– **8:00 p.m.** – Soul Patch Philly

**🚗 Event Parking and Traffic Advisory 🚗**

– **Parking**: Take advantage of ample parking options around Orange Street and Market Street. Enjoy FREE parking at the Shipyard Shops, Frawley Stadium, and the Chase Center on the Riverfront. Visit the Riverfront Wilmington website for directions.

– **Important**: Parking at restaurants along the Riverfront is reserved for restaurant patrons only.

– **Easy Access**: The Margaret Rose Henry (New Sweden) Bridge provides convenient access to I-95 North and South, I-495 North and South, and Route 13.

**🚧 Road Closures 🚧** 

Plan ahead for road closures and traffic delays to ensure a smooth and enjoyable experience. Arrive at the Riverfront by 8:00 p.m. and stay for the duration of the fireworks show. The Wilmington Police Department will be on-site to facilitate a safe and efficient commute for all attendees. Here’s what you need to know:

**Rosa Parks Drive**: Closed between Market and French streets at Tubman-Garrett Riverfront Park from 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 3.

**Market Street Bridge**: Closed to pedestrian and motor traffic from Water Street through A Street from 8:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 4.

**A Street**: Closed from Market Street to Walnut Street starting at 8:30 p.m.

**Exiting Riverfront Area**: Roads exiting from Martin Luther King Boulevard will be closed at 8:30 p.m. Traffic from Shipyard Shops will be directed via Stadium Drive and Beech Street. Vehicles parked north of Beech Street should exit via Madison or Justison Streets, while those parked south should use Shipyard or Judy Johnson Drive.

**Road Reopening**: All roads will reopen following the fireworks show.

🎆 **Come join us for a memorable Independence Day celebration at Wilmington’s Riverfront!** 🎆