Cape Gazette

What a night: Fireworks light Lewes sky

Jul 11, 2014
Photo by: Ron MacArthur Two people let a floating lantern go over Delaware Bay on the shoreline of Lewes Beach. Dozens of lanterns lit the sky on July 5.

While some Cape Region towns have sanctioned fireworks shows, pirate fireworks shows along Lewes Beach have become a July Fourth tradition attracting thousands to the shoreline.

Lewes Beach received a double dose of fireworks July 4 and July 5. With strong winds blowing the night of July 4 from the aftermath of Hurricane Arthur, many beachfront shows – but not all – were postponed until the following night.

On July 5, fireworks could be seen along the beach from the ferry terminal to Roosevelt Inlet and beyond to Broadkill Beach and Slaughter Beach and even across the Delaware Bay in Cape May, N.J. Spectators say it was hard to know where to look with so many fireworks lighting up the sky.

Even the vibrant colors of the July 5 sunset cooperated to add more color to the night.

All types of fireworks in Delaware are illegal, but traditionally local officials respond  only to complaints on July Fourth.


A group takes advantage of the last few rays of sun July 5 to play ball near Lewes Beach. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
As the sun sets July 5, fireworks go off along Lewes Beach. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
The July 5 fireworks show on Lewes Beach rivals any event in the area. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Numerous groups set off fireworks July 4 and July 5 on Lewes Beach. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
This is part of the finale of a July 5 show on the Lewes public beach. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
A white burst explodes over Lewes Beach. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Fireworks go off in different locations along the Delaware Bay in Lewes. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
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