Prime viewing should be anywhere along the beach, from Roosevelt Inlet to Cape Henlopen State Park. View on the beach or attend the free event at the Cape May Lewes Ferry and watch from their lawn (scroll down for details).
The viewing area extends into town too. Many people watched the fireworks from their homes near the canal in Lewes and other locations in town. Check out the photos below!
Avoid the crowds on the beach if you have a birds-eye view in town or can spot a great viewing location on the drone pics below.
The 2018 Fireworks were seen from many places in the City of Lewes, and beyond, besides the beach!
Be creative and find your own perfect spot in town to avoid beach traffic!
Our test drone was spotted from the Lewes Boat Ramp at the end of Pilottown Road and people watched the 2018 fireworks from the boat ramp. Many people also watched the 2018 fireworks from points along Pilottown and Gill's Neck Road.
Check out the drone pictures below to see how large the viewing area is. The fireworks are widely visible, as you can see from pictures submitted of our 2018 fireworks.
Parking is VERY Limited on Lewes Beach and parking laws will be enforced. Parking will be prohibited along Cape Henlopen drive this year. Park legally at the Ferry and stay for their viewing party!
The Delaware River Bay Authority/Cape May Lewes Ferry will be partnering with us again this year by hosting a fireworks watching event with live entertainment from local favorite Glass Onion on the lawn at the Lewes Ferry Terminal. This is a family friendly event with face painting. Food and beverages are available on site.
The Delaware State Police will be assisting with traffic management this year, which help the traffic flow.
Click here for more information about the CMLF Fireworks on the Green event.
IMPORTANT: Parking is available at the Lewes terminal for the event, but please be advised that, in an effort to minimize traffic impacts, vehicles parked on site will not be permitted to leave the parking lot for a minimum of 30 minutes after the fireworks are done.
Drone photo taken from exact height and location of Fireworks. Fireworks will be visible from any point seen on this photo.
Some people have expressed concerns about pets and fireworks. We listened. In fact, several members of the committee are animal rescuers. We love our pets too! That is why we are strongly recommending that you leave your dog securely at home during the fireworks. While dogs are allowed on Lewes Beach after 6:30 pm, many dogs are frightened by fireworks. Please see the links below for ideas on keeping your dog safe and happy on July 4th.
Unfortunately, more pets run off on this day than any other, especially dogs. Due to the increased traffic expected on the beach this could be a very dangerous situation. It's not worth the risk.
Management ideas for pets who are afraid: https://positively.com/contributors/10-safety-and-calming-tips-for-dogs-during-fireworks/
The fireworks will be launched off a barge 1500 feet off of Lewes Beach One shortly after dusk on July 4.
Lewes Beach will be fireworks central, of course! That also means parking will be a challenge and parking space will be extremely limited. Please understand that there are only two roads in and out to the beach. EXPECT to wait in traffic if you leave right after the fireworks. If you want to leave right after the show please consider parking across the bridge and walking from town.
Parking will be strictly enforced on Lewes Beach. Please do not park illegally, on private property, or block access to roadways or driveways. Use consideration when parking on residential streets.
Metered parking will be extended, in effect, and enforced until 9:00 PM on July 4th at the Beach One and Beach Two parking lots:
PLAN AHEAD AND EXPECT DELAYS. Please consider carpooling, walking, or biking to limit the number of vehicles on the Lewes Beach roads and to conserve parking. Scroll down for alternative viewing ideas. Fireworks should be visible from many spots in town too! Viewing the fireworks from an alternate location in town is a good choice if you are concerned about leaving quickly after the fireworks or have any medical needs that are time-sensitive.
Remember, there are only two roads that go over the canal to Lewes Beach. Traffic will be delayed leaving the beach on both the Savannah Road and Freeman Highway bridges. In 2018 cars staggered in throughout the day, but everyone left at the same time. Let's not repeat that. Linger on the beach after the show, park in town and walk to the beach, or view from the other side of the canal. These are all ways to avoid sitting in traffic in your car after the show.
Comfort Stations: In addition to the restrooms in the Beach One parking lot, there will be additional porta-potties for July 4th, thanks to Clean Delaware Inc.! The additional Porta Potties will be at the following locations: Beach One parking lot, Beach Two parking lot, Roosevelt Inlet parking lot, Cedar Avenue by the Children's Beach House, south side of Savannah Road at Cedar Avenue, and at the Police/Fire/EMT command center by Queen Anne's Pier. More comfort stations will be added for 2019.
PLEASE be the patient, polite, and law-abiding citizens that make Lewes great everyday. These are our fireworks and we need to respect both private and city property, along with the civil servants whose job it is to protect and enforce. We can all do our part in making our inaugural fireworks show a success. Remember, the Lewes fireworks are citizen funded and a "For the People, By the People" show.