Here's everything you'll need to know about Hockessin's biggest annual event.
(Full schedules and registration information can also be found at hockessin4thofjuly.org)
Neighborhood Relay Races:
Piedmont Fields/Hockessin Library, 7:30 – 11:30 a.m.
A track-meet style competition between neighborhoods, open to all kids 5 years and older for neighborhoods in the Greater Hockessin/Greenville area. Bring one child or one hundred children. Neighborhoods from last year’s competition include: Southwood Estates, Grantchester, Stenning Woods, Hitchens Farms, Hickory Hills, Somerset Lake, Southwood, Cotswold Hills, Belle Terre, Deerfield, Grantchester, Hockessin Chase, Hockessin Valley Falls, and Pierson’s Ridge.
Three age groups (6-8; 9-11; 12-14) compete in three events: relay race, softball toss and long jump. Medals and ribbons are awarded to the winners, plus banners are awarded to the top neighborhoods. There is also a fun run for 5-years and under, plus a fun run for 18-years and older. The races are being handled by the Hockessin Athletic Club.
7:30: Arrival (bring chairs, blankets, tents, strollers, etc.)
7:45: Parade of Neighborhoods
8: Remarks and National Anthem
8: Fun Run – 5 and Under
8:25: Competition Begins
10:45: Fun Run – 18 & Over
11: Awards Ceremony
Sign up online at hockessin4thofjuly.org/sample-page/neighborhood-relays/neighborhood-relays-application.
Old Lancaster Pike between Kenwick and Valley Roads 3 – 4:15 p.m.
Parade beings at 3 p.m. Old Lancaster Pike from Kenwick Road to Valley Road will be closed from 2:30 p.m. through the end of the parade, roughly 4:15 p.m.
There are three staging areas for the parade: St. Mary of the Assumption Church, Walker’s Farm, and the Hockessin Baptist Church. There is absolutely no public parking in the staging areas.
St. Mary of the Assumption will not be available before 1:30 p.m. due to church services.
Swift Field, Valley Road, Lancaster Pike and Millcreek Road
Fireworks start at dusk, usually sometime between 9 and 9:30 p. m. People who wish to set up at the parks should plan to arrive early. There is no designated parking area for the public.