Special Events

July 4th at the Riverfront

Thursday, July 04, 2019

The concert will take place on Thursday, July 4th, beginning at 8:00 p.m. We hope to see you there!

Celebrate July 4th with a free concert at the Riverfront!

The Fourth of July celebration begins at 2:00 p.m. with local bands, food vendors, crab feast tent, children’s games, tours of the Kalmar Nyckel, and other family-themed activities.


The DSO performance will begin at 8:00 p.m., followed by the fireworks display at about 9:30 p.m.

Other events will take place along the Riverfront throughout the day.

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of man’s landing on the moon later in July, the DSO’s program will feature music about space.  From the opening of Richard Strauss’ Also Sprach Zarathustra, which was immortalized in Stanley Kubrick’s film, 2001: A Space Odyssey, to John Williams’ scores for E. T. and Star Wars, music from Star Trek and the film, Apollo 13, the concert will also include “Mars” and “Jupiter” from Gustav Holst’s The Planets and Glenn Miller’s Moonlight Serenade.  The spectacular fireworks display will be preceeded by a Fourth of July tradition: Piotr Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, complete with seven of the DSO’s William Kerrigan Bells of Remembrance.


“We are pleased that the Delaware Symphony Orchestra will again be part of our annual Fourth of July commemoration,” said Mayor Purzycki. “Families and friends from across the City and around the region are in for a musical treat as we come together on our Nation’s birthday. Tina, Megan and I invite you to bring a chair or a blanket and enjoy a wonderful, fun-filled day and evening along the river.”