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Important advisories and Information for 2019 Fireworks

Road/Bridge Closures

  • Bridges to Lewes Beach will be closed to inbound/eastbound motor vehicle traffic on the night of July 4th for safety and traffic control. The bridges will remain open for pedestrians and bicycles.
  • The Savannah Road Bridge will close to vehicular traffic at 7 pm
  • The Freeman Highway bridge will close to vehicular traffic at 8 pm
  • All traffic will go directly out/westbound on Savannah Road after the show. There will be no turns onto Gills Neck Rd, Pilottown Road, and King's Highway to keep traffic moving efficently.
  • Cape Henlopen Drive traffic will leave via the Freeman Highway

Arrive Early & Stay Late

  • We cannot say enough that the BEST way to avoid the traffic jams, if driving, is to arrive to the beach early and stay late!
  • Use a traffic app on your smart phone to watch traffic leaving the beach. Wait for the traffic to clear and then leave. It is much nicer to sit on the beach than to sit in traffic!
  • Park in town and walk to the beach or watch from in town if you want to leave right after the fireworks. Scroll down this page for alternate viewing location ideas. 


Sanitation and Comfort Stations

  • Bathrooms- The bath houses at Beach 1 will be converted to ladies rooms and showers will be turned off at 7 pm. There will be additional Porta Potties for men, including handicapped Porta Potties at Beach 1 and Beach 2. 
  • There will be additional Porta Potties at the Roosevelt Inlet parking lot and on Cedar Ave by the Children's Beach House. 
  • Trash- Please use receptacles for trash or, better yet, carry in and carry out! Our City of Lewes Maintenance Dept will be emptying trash all day, but cannot move in and out with the huge crowds. Please show consideration and clean up after yourself.

Pedestrian and Bike Safety

  • Walking or biking to the Fireworks is a great way to avoid parking and traffic jams, but there are some important safety steps to take.
  • Bring Your Own Light! The moon will not be big and full on July 4th. Bring flashlights and wear reflective clothing. The new Rail Trail is NOT LIT, so be sure to bring lights to see your way home safely. 
  • Bicyclists, in addition to wearing reflective clothing/lights, need to observe all traffic laws,  drive with traffic/stay to the right, use a headlight at night, and stay off the sidewalks.

Parking

  • All parking will be enforced. Observe meters and do not block driveways or roadways.
  • No parking will be permitted along  the shoulder of the roadway on Cape Henlopen Drive from Savannah Road to Cape Henlopen State Park and on the shoulder of the Savannah Road from the drawbridge to the beach.  Illegally parked cars on Cape Henlopen Drive contributed heavily to traffic problems last year. 
  • Park in downtown Lewes and walk to the beach if you are able or park legally on side streets or in the City of Lewes parking lots. Scroll down for details. 

Other FAQs

  • Will there be buses? DART is not providing shuttle buses, but they will run their regular route 204 bus. Click for schedule
  • Can I park and watch from the Lewes Ferry Terminal? YES!!!!!! There will be free parking, live music, and more at the Ferry. Scroll down for details. 
  • Are Pets Allowed?  We really discourage pets at the fireworks, as it is difficult for most pets and can be  dangerous. Scroll down for more information.
  • Where can I get updates? Check this page for updates and  follow us on Facebook for more alerts. Click here for our Facebook page.

Where to watch the fireworks! Beat the crowds!

Anywhere along Lewes Beach

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Prime viewing should be anywhere along the beach, from Roosevelt Inlet to Cape Henlopen State Park. 

However, the viewing area should extend into town too. A test drone was sent up in March 2018 to the location where the Fireworks will explode. If the drone took a pic of your location, then you should be able to see the fireworks. Check out the Drone photos below!

Higher Elevations in the City of Lewes

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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!

The Viewing Area Should be Wide

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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. Check out the drone pictures below to see how large the viewing area might be. If the drone can see the location, then you should be able to see the fireworks! This proved correct in 2018, as you can see from pictures submitted of our 2018 fireworks, as seen from alternate locations around town.



Watch the Fireworks at the Cape May- Lewes Ferry

Park and Watch at the Lewes Ferry Terminal!

Parking is VERY Limited on Lewes Beach and parking laws will be enforced. 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.

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Pets & Fireworks

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Everyone Loves Their Pets

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.

More Dogs Go Stray on July 4th Than On Any Other Day

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. 

For more information: http://www.wideopenpets.com/more-dogs-are-lost-july-4th-than-any-other-day-keep-yours-safe/

Lewes Beach Viewing, Parking & Getting Around

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: 

Beach One- http://www.ci.lewes.de.us/index.cfm?ref=12200&ref2=17

Beach Two- http://www.ci.lewes.de.us/index.cfm?ref=12200&ref2=18


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.

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