On Saturday, July 3, 2021, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., the First State Heritage Park will be presenting “Old Dover Independence Day,” an outdoor celebration of the nation’s birthday as it was enjoyed in the 1800s. Activities, which will take place on the Dover Green, include sack racing, tug ‘o war, lawn games and more. In addition, Revolutionary Dover walking tours will take place on the hour between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public. Call 302-739-9194 for additional information.

Photo of interpreters reading the Declaration of Independence
Historical interpreters reading the Declaration of Independence on the steps of The Old State House.

At 2 p.m., the bell of The Old State House, located at 25 The Green, will ring 13 times in honor of the original 13 states, followed immediately by historical interpreters, dressed in period clothing, reciting the Declaration of Independence outside near the spot where the document was first read to the citizens of Dover in 1776.

In addition, the Biggs Museum of American Art, located at 406 Federal St., will be open between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.; and The Old State House and Johnson Victrola Museum will be open for tours (reservations required). Tours of The Old State House will take place at 10 a.m., 11:15 a.m. and 1 p.m., 302-744-5054. Tours of the Johnson Victrola Museum, located at 375 S. New St., will take place at 10 a.m., 11:15 a.m., 1:15 p.m. and 2:30 p.m., 302-739-3262.