As part of its fund-raising efforts, the Dover Fourth of July Committee is offering residents the chance to become proud parents of the 2008 fireworks show by “adopting” individual firework shells to be shot off that night.


As part of its fund-raising efforts, the Dover Fourth of July Committee is offering residents the chance to become proud parents of the 2008 fireworks show by “adopting” individual firework shells to be shot off that night.

The 2007 celebration included more musical performances and more vendors than in previous years and, for the first time, a number of children’s activities. Organizers hope to add a few more activities in 2008 as well.

 “With almost four hours of music, things for kids to do on Legislative Mall, the American Legion parade, and a full day of special events and tours at the First State Heritage Park sites throughout downtown and, of course, the fireworks, the Fourth of July in Dover has evolved from an evening event to an all-day festival,” committee president Gregory Patterson said. “But we need help to make it all happen.”

Donations to the Fourth pay for the fireworks, a massive sound system, entertainment, equipment rental and other costs of staging an event for thousands of people.

Adopting a firework costs $17.76 for each shell. Adopters can mail a donation to Fourth of July Celebration Committee, Inc., P.O. Box 475, Dover, DE 19903-0475, or donate online with a credit card at www.dover4thofjuly.com.

Residents who adopt a shell will receive an official Adopt-A-Firework certificate and be listed on the Fourth Web site.

Information about sponsorship is available at www.dover4thofjuly.com or by calling Brad Holden at 359-1061.

Sponsors of the event are listed on the Web site, in newspaper advertising for the Fourth, and will be recognized during the evening’s program.