City of Wilmington's July 4th Celebration Returns in 2012

Posted on  06/13/2012 4:37 pm

Wilmington Mayor James M. Baker and Cultural Affairs Director Tina Betz today announced the return of the City’s July 4th celebration to the Wilmington Riverfront. This year’s event, titled “The Red, White, and Blue July 4th Celebration,” will be held on Wednesday, July 4 in Tubman-Garrett Park and along the Riverwalk, which extends all the way to the DuPont Environmental Education Center.

While restaurants and venues along the Riverwalk will offer special values and entertainment options the entire day, the bulk of the July 4th Celebration will focus around the activities in Tubman-Garrett Park from 4:00 p.m. until the fireworks finale, which is scheduled for approximately 9:45 p.m.

The full schedule of the day’s activities will be announced closer to the celebration; however, the Delaware Symphony Orchestra conducted by Music Director David Amado will perform a 75-minute grand finale concert of patriotic and seasonal musical selections. The event will also feature family activities and games as well as a host of food vendors, including two July 4th favorites—hard shell crabs and barbecue. The Delaware Children’s Museum and the DuPont Environmental Education Center will both offer special programming on July 4, and the Riverfront Development Corporation will offer River Taxi rides from 2-5 p.m. for only one dollar.

The City did not host an Independence Day celebration in 2011 due to budget constraints.

“We are thankful to our partners and sponsors who have made it possible to restore this annual tradition,” said Mayor Baker. “I wish to especially thank M&T Bank, the Riverfront Development Corporation, Gerret and Tatiana Copeland, and several of the restaurants along the Riverfront for their support in bringing the July 4thcelebration back to Wilmington.”

In the event of rain on July 4th, the fireworks and Delaware Symphony Orchestra concert will be rescheduled for July 5th; please visit or tune into local news stations for any weather-related announcements.

For more information on The Red, White, and Blue July 4th Celebration, please contact Tina Betz, Director of Cultural Affairs, at (302) 547-9526.