Summer Events at First State NHP

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With seven sites throughout Delaware, First State National Historical Park has something for everyone.

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Summer is an exciting time to be exploring your national parks - the sun is shining, the air is warm and there is a variety of events you can attend. As the season changes at First State National Historical Park, so does the special events calendar, and the hours of operations. Don't miss out on some of these exciting events happening throughout the state, at a site near you!



07/07 Public Hike: Join the Wilmington Trail Club at 9:00am in the Rocky Run parking lot (320 Rocky Run Parkway, off Rt. 202) for a fast-pace13-15 mile hike. There will be hills, rocky trails, stream crossings, possibly mud, and insects. Visit the WTC website for more information about the hike, and how to prepare.

07/11 Public Hike: Join the Wilmington Trail Club at 6:30pm in the Rocky Run parking lot (320 Rocky Run Parkway, off Rt. 202) for an easy 3-4 mile easy pace hike. There will be hills, rocks, and stream crossings and there may be flowers in bloom. Visit the WTC website for more information about the hike, and how to prepare.

07/18 Public Hike: Join the Wilmington Trail Club at 9:00am in the Smith Bridge parking lot for fast-pace 11-13 mile hike in rolling woods and meadows. The group will break for lunch at Brandywine Creek State Park headquarters and then return to cars. Visit the WTC website for more information about the hike, and how to prepare.
06/02 Junior Ranger Day: Celebrate the 80th anniversary of the opening of Fort Christina Park and the 380th anniversary of the Swedish landing by visiting Fort Christina and earning your Junior Ranger Badge.

07/07 Junior Ranger Day/Pirate Festival: Stop by Fort Christina, on your way to Pirate Festival, to earn your very own Junior Ranger badge.

08/04 Junior Ranger Day: Help us kick off the 102nd birthday of the National Park Service by visiting Fort Christina.
Tours now available Wednesday through Saturday: 10:00 AM until 4:00 PM
Tours now available Tuesday - Saturday 10:00AM until 4:30PM and Sunday 1:30PM until 4:30PM

07/04 “Fourth of July in Historic New Castle.” Ceremony featuring keynote speaker Brian Cannon, lead interpreter for the New Castle Court House Museum, at 1:30 p.m., followed at 2 p.m. by the pealing of bells across historic New Castle and the nation as part of “Let Freedom Ring!,” a commemoration of the birth of American independence. For more information visit the New Castle Court House Museum's website.

07/18 “An Immigrant Story: Crossing the Atlantic in a 17th Century Sailing Ship.” Presentation by Jean Norvell on what life would be like for a two-month crossing of the Atlantic Ocean from Europe to the New World. For more information visit the New Castle Court House Museum's website.
07/07 First Saturday In The First State "Patriotic Traditions": A variety of programs will be held around the green focusing on celebrating summer. For a full list of programs visit First State Heritage Park's Facebook page.

07/20 Lantern Tour of The Dover Green: Join our guides in historic clothing for a tour of Dover's historic Green by lantern light. Hear true tales of tragedy and infamy. For a full list of programs visit First State Heritage Park's Facebook page.

08/04 First Saturday In The First State "Science Tradition": A variety of programs will be held around the green focusing on celebrating summer. For a full list of programs visit First State Heritage Park's Facebook page.

08/10 Lantern Tour of The Dover Green: Join our guides in historic clothing for a tour of Dover's historic Green by lantern light. Hear true tales of tragedy and infamy. For a full list of programs visit First State Heritage Park's Facebook page.

08/17 Lantern Tour of The Dover Green: Join our guides in historic clothing for a tour of Dover's historic Green by lantern light. Hear true tales of tragedy and infamy. For a full list of programs visit First State Heritage Park's Facebook page.

Every Wednesday from 06/20-08/15 Games on The Green: Join the Campus Community School middle school students in the First State Club on The Green as they teach visitors how to play games enjoyed by kids and adults alike in the 18th century. For more information visit First State Heritage Park's Facebook page.
07/3 - 07/07 Quill Pen Week: Celebrate Independence Day all week by learning how to write like a founding father. For more information visit the John Dickinson Plantation's Facebook page.

Every Saturday Thistledown Fiber Arts Guide: Join the Thistledown Fiber Arts Guild on the second Saturday of every month to learn about all types of fiber arts. For more information visit the John Dickinson Plantation's Facebook page.
07/13 Tavern Talk "Sea Lore and Superstition": Be entertained inside the walls of the historic Ryves Holt House as it's transformed into a port town tavern of the past. Hear three tales of the deep blue sea during the golden age of sail. For more information visit the Lewes Historical Societies Facebook page.

07/14 Summer Craft Fair: Enjoy crafts from local vendors. For more information visit the Lewes Historical Societies Facebook page.

Last updated: July 2, 2018

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

New Castle Court House Museum
211 Delaware Street

New Castle, DE 19720

Phone:

(302) 544-6363
This phone number is not staffed. You can leave a message on the park's main phone number (302-544-6363) and we will return your call as soon as possible. If you are visiting one of the seven sites, and need specific information, please refer to the "Places to Go" page for phone numbers and addresses of each site.

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