Delawareans Can Save Gas by Staying Home and Celebrating July 4th With Delaware State Parks

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Delawareans Can Save Gas by Staying Home and Celebrating July 4th With Delaware State Parks DOVER, Del. – The staff at Delaware State Parks encourages Delawareans to join them at one of the parks that features fun and exciting events for families and individuals.

Dawn Morris, Marketing Director, points out that, “No matter where you live in the state, there is a park nearby with something special for your holiday. Many of the programs are free, and an annual park pass makes your visit to the park a bargain.” 

Parks staff invites the public to skip the traffic and the hassles, pack a picnic lunch and head out to one of these fantastic parks for the July 4th holiday.

DELAWARE SEASHORE STATE PARK
130 Coastal Highway
Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971
(302) 227-2800
Indian River Life-Saving Station
(302) 227-6991

Ghost Crab Saunter
8:30 p.m.
Join us for a walk along the beach behind the Indian River Life-Saving Station in search of these elusive crustaceans of the night. Bring a flashlight to assist you in spotting them as they scurry from side to side in search of their evening meal. Meet at the Indian River Life-Saving Station located 1.5 miles north of Indian River Inlet. There is no charge for this program.

Seining the Bay
1 – 2:30 p.m.
This hands-on program will introduce you to some of the marine life that calls Rehoboth Bay home. Participants will help catch fish, crabs, and other critters with a net, and then how they’ve adapted to survive in their habitat. Close-toed shoes must be worn when we’re in the water, so please come prepared! The program fee is $4 per person. Space is limited, so pre-registration is required. Please call (302) 227-6991 for reservations or more information. Now offered twice a week due to popular demand.

FORT DELAWARE STATE PARK
Clinton Street Dock
Delaware City, DE
(302) 834-7941

July 4th Holiday: The All-American Pea Patch Island 4th of July Family Picnic
Bring your picnic basket or pick up lunch at the concession stand, and join us this Fourth of July for an old-fashioned family picnic. There are grills and tables, and we’ll have games like graces and trap ball for young and old. We’ll also fire the big 8-inch Columbiad to salute our nation’s birthday.

KILLENS POND STATE PARK
5025 Killens Pond Road
Felton, DE 19943
Nature Center: (302) 284-4299
The 4th Festival
5 p.m.
The whole family can celebrate Independence Day at the park with activities throughout the day, including hayrides, take-home crafts, tie-dye, and face painting. Meet at the Nature Center and please pre-register. $5 per participant.

TRAP POND STATE PARK
33587 Baldcypress Lane
Laurel, DE 19956
Baldcypress Nature Center
(302) 875-5163

Evening Cypress Tour
5 p.m.
Discover the wonders of the Cypress Swamp and learn about one of Trap Pond’s most famous residents, the baldcypress. How does it survive in the backwaters of the pond and what link does it have to the history and ecology of Trap Pond? Since space is limited, trips will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Meet at the Boathouse. $5 for adults, $3 for 12 and under.

Seining
4 p.m.
Help pull a seining net through the pond to find out the different types of fish that inhabit Trap Pond. Meet at the boathouse for this free 45-minute program.

FIRST STATE HERITAGE PARK
Office: 152 South State Street
Dover, DE  19901
(302) 739-9194

Guided Tours of Legislative Hall
9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Legislative Hall:  The State Capitol, 411 Legislative Avenue
Legislative Hall has been the seat of Delaware’s General Assembly, the supreme lawmaking body in the state, since 1933. Tour the House and Senate Chambers as you learn about the legislature and Delaware history. Tours may be scheduled from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Photo ID is required for all adults entering Legislative Hall.

Fourth of July Celebration! Colonial Kids Games and Activities
11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
The Green
In conjunction with Dover’s Fourth of July Celebration, the First State Heritage Park will offer a variety of special programs and activities throughout the day.

Dover’s Military Heroes of the Revolution Walking Tours
12:30 and 4 p.m.
Meet at Christ Church
Stroll from the monuments of Christ Church to those of the Old Presbyterian Churchyard, visiting the graves and former residences of Dover’s Revolutionary heroes. Hear their stories and remember their sacrifices.

Let Freedom Ring – The Declaration of Independence
2 p.m.
Old State House
Beginning with the Old State House, bells throughout Dover will ring, followed by a reading of the Declaration of Independence by costumed interpreters from the location where it was first read to the citizens of Dover in 1776.

Caesar Rodney Rides Again!
2:30 p.m.
Delaware Public Archives
Dick Pack portrays Caesar Rodney in this living history tribute to Delaware’s hero of the American Revolution.