Annual parade and fireworks event expands into daylong festival

Donations are still needed for the upcoming Hockessin Fourth of July parade and festivities on Wednesday, July 4.

The community-sponsored event, now in its 26th year, has been hailed as “Delaware’s Best Fourth of July Parade” in the media, and has grown into a daylong celebration of America’s birthday.

Organizer Barry Schlecker, of Barry Events – now in his second year of running the festival – said that donations from the public have been steadily coming in, but that more is needed to offset the roughly $25,000 needed to run the event.

Donations to the festival are tax deductible and can be made through the Delaware Community Foundation at, via mail at Delaware Community Foundation, PO Box 1636, Wilmington, DE, 19899, or visit and click the “donate” tab.


The Hockessin Athletic Club (HAC) is once again sponsoring the Neighborhood Relays for the Fourth.

Participants should arrive at HAC by 8:30 a.m. The relays commence with an awards ceremony at noon.

For details or register your neighborhood, visit, and fill out the registration form. For additional questions, email to


The annual Hockessin Fourth of July Parade runs from 3 to roughly 5 p.m., when the winners are announced at the bandstand by George’s Seafood on Old Lancaster Pike.

Participants are needed and welcome, particularly musical groups and antique/classic cars.

To sign up your business, community group or non-profit, an antique car, or register a float to participate in the parade,

To sponsor this year’s parade, contact Michele Priest at, or at 302-419-6648.


The annual fireworks display begins at dusk, with the main viewing areas at Swift Park, the Piedmont Baseball Fields, the Hockessin Library and the Artesian Soccer Fields.

The fireworks, as well as the day’s preceding festivities, are rain or shine.