The annual City of Dover Independence Day celebration will be held on Sunday, July 4. A fireworks display will begin at 9:15 p.m. This year's fireworks will be launched from Maglaras Park, and as a result, the park will be closed.
The fireworks display will be visible throughout much of the downtown and surrounding areas. Some of the best locations for viewing are: Henry Law Park, lower Washington Street, Pine Hill Cemetery, Guppey Park pavilion area, Central Avenue near City Hall, Chestnut Street, Cocheco Street and Main Street.
This year's celebration is being held in conjunction with the opening night of the Cochecho Arts Festival. The Greater Dover Chamber of Commerce has scheduled several performances throughout the day at the Rotary Arts Pavilion. The headline performance and opening night act is Livingston Taylor, who will take the stage at 7 p.m.
The day begins at 11 a.m. with a re-enactment of the Declaration of Independence on the steps of City Hall. Local children's musician and storyteller Marcus Gale will perform at 1 p.m. at the Rotary Arts Pavilion. After Marcus Gale concludes, there will be a Gundalow race on the Cochecho River. Families may purchase small wooden Gundalows and participate in the race, with prizes being awarded to the owners of the winning Gundalows. The proceeds from this event will benefit the historic Gundalow, which will be on site throughout the day. Following the race, there are other scheduled performances, including Mike Morris at 3 p.m. and the Dan Walker Band at 4:15 p.m. Livingston Taylor will begin at 7 p.m.
In addition to the performances and fireworks display that evening, there will be other events at Henry Law Park, including displays, vendors and demonstrations, a firefighter's Touch-A-Truck Exhibit, food and refreshments.