Popular Wilmington Tradition Continues as the City and RDC Welcome 2019 with a New Year’s Celebration on the Riverfront

Wilmington Mayor Mike Purzycki and Megan McGlinchey, Executive Director of the Riverfront Development Corporation (RDC), today announced that the RDC and the City will partner again this year to present Wilmington’s official New Year’s Eve Celebration on the Christina Riverfront. The RDC and City welcome everyone to enjoy the third annual “Family Fun Night,” which will feature a fireworks show as well as a variety of food, drink and music offerings. 

The evening of fun and celebration will start at 6 p.m. on Monday, December 31st  at the Horizon Services Riverfront Rink, located at 308 Justison Street.

What to Expect: 

  • multiple skating sessions, one during the fireworks show
  • hot chocolate
  • giveaways
  • activities for children and families
  • Del Pez Mexican Gastropub will be on-site serving Mexican food and craft beers
  • and WSTW Radio will broadcast live from 7 to 9 p.m.

The evening will culminate with an early New Year’s Eve fireworks show at 9 p.m., which will take place from the same location along the river as the City’s annual 4thof July event and previous New Years’ shows on the Riverfront. So, while the fireworks show can be seen from various locations along the Riverwalk, the ice rink will serve as a de facto viewing party, providing some of the best views of the action.

The RDC brought the annual New Year’s Eve celebration back to life in 2017 and the City was proud to join the effort as a co-sponsor. 

“We are very excited to once again join our friends at the RDC and support this annual celebration,” said Mayor Purzycki.  “This event is a wonderful opportunity for family and friends to gather together in a fun-filled atmosphere to both reflect on the year that’s ending while eagerly greeting a new year that we all hope will bring hope, promise, and happiness.” 

“The Riverfront is proud to once again host the annual New Year’s fireworks show, which has become a city tradition,” said RDC Executive Director McGlinchey. “Each year, the event has grown, and we look forward to another fun and exciting celebration along our Riverwalk!”

For information on the fireworks or Horizon Riverfront Rink festivities, contact the Riverfront Development Corporation at 302-425-4890.


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