Dover Days - Dover, DE - Canceled? We hope not! here's why...
|Date:||May 6, 2016|
The History of Dover Days
As one of the longest-running, award-winning festivals in the State of Delaware, Dover Days dates all the way back to 1933. What started as a simple flower and garden show staged by the Dover Garden Club, has now become an annual time to remember Dover's heritage with community spirit and an entertaining festival of family events.
Celebrating springtime on a weekend in May, "A Day with the Storied Houses and Gardens of Old Dover, 1683-1933" showcased 20 gardens, and greeted visitors with quadrille dancing, the exhibits of antiques, and maypole dancing on The Green with costumed participants. As the popularity of the event grew, tours were given of the new Legislative Hall. A carriage parade led by the Governor and Mayor, concerts of period music, Governors Tea and demonstrations of old trades, crafts and games were added to enhance the festivities, which drew 3000 attendees by 1936.
Over the next 20 years, the festival was held annually (with a brief interruption for WWII), and by 1955 it became a two-day event, drawing visitors from all over the Mid-Atlantic states. In 1967, a major celebration was held to commemorate the 250th anniversary of Dover, and again for the 275th anniversary in 1992 -- "Old Dover Days" continued to showcase Dover at its best in the spring, and offer visitors the opportunity to celebrate the cherished history of this nation's First State. With each anniversary, this exciting festival grows - attracting over 25,000 people to the multi-day event, and adding new traditions every year. No longer "Old," Dover Days promises to remain a treasured partof Dover's past -- and future -- for generations and decades to come.
We are pleased to announce that the American Bus Association (ABA) designated the Dover Days Festival as a "Top 100 USA Event" in 2013 and again for 2014. In 2013, close to 50,000 people visited Dover of the three-day period.
Lined with 300+ years of historical architecture, The Green is an exciting public living space where people can come to celebrate the community and relax -- at a place where history was made. The Green has been a significant part of Dover's heritage dating back as early as 1680 -- nearly 40 years before Dover's original town plat was prepared in 1717. As the site of some of Dover's most historic events, The Green has bore witness to the passions of revolutionaries, the birth of the nation, and the deep divisions along Union and Confederate lines. Today The Green is also the First State National Historical Park.
The Green continues to play a major roll in fostering civic and public engagement, even as its uses evolve over time. As Dover's "outdoor living room," The Green is the ideal place for residents and visitors to come all year long - to enjoy the art, warmth, and beauty that not only is part of Dover's historic legacy, but adds to the special character and value of the community.
Friday Activities have been canceled, visit doverdaysfestival.com for more information
A to Z Insurance LLC will be at Dover Days on Saturday May 7th from 9 am to 4 pm! Come visit us at our table and connect!