Separation Day

In Historic New Castle

June 7, 6pm to 9:30pm • June 8, 11am to 10pm


Separation Day Kickoff Party

Friday, June 7, 2019 6-9:30pm in Courthouse Square

Enjoy live music, craft beer and food trucks in a block-party setting in front of the historic New Castle Court House (built 1732). Admission is free (Friday only). Food and drink will be available for purchase with tips benefiting New Castle’s Minquadale and Goodwill volunteer fire deparments.

  • Featured performer: Big Package
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Separation Day Parade

Saturday, June 8, 2019 starts at 11am in historic New Castle

The Separation Day Parade is known for being one of the most charming and entertaining parades in Delaware. Re-enactors, bands, dance teams, classic cars, sports teams, mascots and a string band participate in a judged parade that proceeds along Delaware Street into Courthouse Square.

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Colonial BBQ Competition and Separation Day Festival

Saturday, June 8, 2019 starts at noon in Battery Park

Gates open at noon (immediately after Separation Day Parade) so come on in for great live music, arts & crafts, vendors, kids rides and attractions. BBQ and chicken wings will be for sale! In addition, New Castle-based nonprofits will be offering a wide variety of food and drink items (hamburgers, hot dogs, sausage and peppers, funnel cake and more!). The proceeds will benefit their organizations.

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Main Stage Live Music Schedule:

  • 8-9:30pm
    • Club Phred (classic party music)
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Admission fee from noon-5:00 pm is $10 for adults 21 and older. With admission fee, adults 21 and older (proof of ID required) will receive a drink ticket entitling them to one alcoholic beverage (a 16oz beer, a glass of wine, or a specialty cocktail) or two bottles of water. Admission is free for those under 21.

Live bands will be performing noon to 9:30pm. The festival culminates with a spectacular fireworks display over the Delaware River beginning approximately 9:30pm.

The teams competing in the BBQ competition love to talk about what they do, so please do not be shy! Teams will start cooking late Friday night and begin turning in their finished entries to the trained, certified judges of the Kansas City BBQ Society beginning at at noon on Saturday. Their final submissions must be turned in at 1:30pm.

Want to taste competition BBQ? Several teams will compete in a People’s Choice Competition! Purchase 5 wings for $5 and vote for the wing you like best! The winning team wins a cash prize.

Interested in being a judge someday? Contact KCBS at and find a nearby training class.

Thank you! Your admission fee helps underwrite this event. All net proceeds benefit Separation Day.

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