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EVENTS

85th Annual Dover Days Celebration


Date & Time: Monday, April 30, 2017 - Sunday, May 6, 2017 - 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM

Location: Downtown Dover - Dover, Delaware 19901

The 85th Annual Dover Days Festival!

imageHeld annually since 1933, the 85th Annual Dover Days Festival is one of the largest, longest-running, FREE, popular events in the state of Delaware dedicated to promoting the heritage and culture of Dover and the state of Delaware. In 2015, the Dover Days Festival attracted a record-breaking attendance of approximately 55,000 people. Kent County Tourism coordinates the Annual Dover Days Festival at the request of the City of DOVER. Dover Days hosts the largest parade in Dover with approximately 4,500 participants and watched by approximately 9,000 people; the Governor of the state of Delaware serves as the Grand Marshal. Activities reflect Delaware’s history and heritage as well as contemporary times and include, but are not limited to, the parade, traditional Maypole Dancing with 250 plus schoolchildren, vintage auto rides, colonial artisans’ village, car show, historic re-enactment groups representing the Revolutionary War, WW II and the Civil War, children’s activities, carnival, fireworks, exhibits and lectures as well all-day entertainment and more. This is a true celebration of the first state right in the heart of the first capital!

Event Schedule for the Week:
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Monday, April 30 - Thursday, May 3
8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. First State Heritage Park Welcome Center and Galleries open
9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Guided Tours of The Old State House
John Bell House open
10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Guided Tours of Legislative Hall
10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Stories of The Green Walking Tour, meet at the John Bell House
The Green reveals many tales from Dover’s history. Tours led by historical interpreters in period dress begin on the hour and last approximately 45 minutes.
9 a.m. – 7:55 p.m. Dover Public Library open
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Friday, May 4
8 a.m. – 9 p.m. First State Heritage Park Welcome Center and Galleries open
9 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Biggs Museum of American Art open (fee)
Guided Tours of the Johnson Victrola Museum
Guided Tours of The Old State House
John Bell House open
9 a.m. – 7:55 p.m. Dover Public Library open
10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Guided Tours of Legislative Hall
10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Stories of The Green Walking Tour, meet at the John Bell House
The Green reveals many tales from Dover’s history. Tours led by historical interpreters in period dress begin on the hour and last approximately 45 minutes.
8 – 9 p.m. New Lantern Tour of the Old Methodist Cemetery
Join our guides though this historic cemetery by lantern light. Travel among ornate grave markers to hear of traditions from the past. Space is limited; call (302) 739-9194 for reservations. Lantern tours cancelled due to inclement weather will not be rescheduled.
$10 per person.
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Saturday, May 5
7 a.m. – 1 p.m. The Plaza
Dover Days Pancake Breakfast, Wesley United Methodist Church Men’s Group and Bake Sale at Grace Fellowship Hall (fee)
8:30 – 9:30 a.m. Line up for the Dover Days Parade and the Dover Day’s Pet Parade at Central Middle School and adjacent streets
9 – 11 a.m. Breakfast on The Green, American Association of University Women (fee)
9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. First State Heritage Park Welcome Center and Galleries open
9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Guided Tours of Legislative Hall - Home of the Delaware General Assembly since 1933
9 a.m - 4:30 p.m. Guided Tours of The Old State House - Tour this 1791 building that served as the state capitol from 1791 to 1933.
A Traveler’s Life: Getting from Here to There in the 18th Century
9:30, 10:30, 11:30 a.m., 12:30, 1:30, 2:30, 3:30 and 4 p.m.
John Bell House
Discover how Delaware’s Revolutionary hero Caesar Rodney made his historic ride, and hear about the different methods of 18th century travel and the challenges and dangers an 18th century traveler faced.
Biggs Kids: Ladybug Mask
Get crafty with the state's ladylike bug by making your own ladybug mask! Ages 5-10.
9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Sounds of War: Patriotic Music
Johnson Victrola Museum - Guided tours will examine music’s influence on American wars. Hear wartime music that was recorded by the Victor Talking Machine Company and played on authentic Talking Machines
10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Guided Tours of Woodburn – the Governor’s House
Enjoy guided tours of the official residence of Delaware’s Governor since 1965, and Hall House, the Governor’s guest house.
10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Stories of The Green Walking Tour meet at the John Bell House
Retaining its character since it was first laid out in 1717, The Green has many tales to share. Tours offered on the hour.
10 a.m. – 4:55 p.m. Dover Public Library open

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1:30 – 2:30 p.m. Behind the Scenes Tour of the Delaware Public Archives
See how the Archives preserves and protects important records. This tour will include a display of propaganda posters from the World War I era to commemorate the 100th anniversary of America’s entry into the war.
1:30 – 4 p.m. Guided Tours of Courtroom One, Kent County Courthouse,
Enjoy a guided tour of the newly restored Courtroom 1.

MORE INFO TO COME!!!
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Website:
http://www.doverdaysfestival.com/
http://www.visitdelawarevillages.com

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