50th Anniversary Special Events and Offers

Legacy Brick Program

The first set of bricks are being unveiled on June 28 in Cape May and June 29 in Lewes. But it's not too late to be  part of Ferry history! Phase 2 orders are being taken through August 28 for installation in the fall. Looking to honor or memorialize that someone special in your life? With the Cape May – Lewes Ferry’s commemorative brick program, you now have a unique way to pay tribute to that someone special, while putting your own stamp on the 50th Anniversary of the Ferry. Reserve your brick today! 

50th Anniversary Historic Exhibits

Located inside both the Cape May and Lewes Ferry terminal gift shops, these displays feature old pictures, dated newspaper articles, and other memorabilia that commemorate the start of service.  Stop in and browse!     

50th Anniversary Classic Car Shows
For the last 50 years, the Cape May Lewes Ferry has helped to transport cars across the Delaware Bay, from the first Mustangs to muscle cars to the latest exotics. Celebrate these crossings at the Classic Car Shows at the Cape May Ferry Terminal on Saturday, June 28, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and the Lewes Ferry Terminal, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday, June 29. Free registration and 10 award categories plus a People's Choice Award!
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Limited to 50 cars on each side. Hurry, spots are filling up fast!

For Questions, call Mike Porch at 609-889-7273, or e-mail:


Golden Ticket Celebration

Special clues are provided on air every Friday on radio stations throughout NJ and Delaware on the secret Golden Ticket location of the week. Guess correctly to win special round-trip tickets and a Ferry Special Prize Package! 

In NJ - tune in to Townsquare Media stations SoJo 104.9, Cat Country 107.3, ESPN 37.3, Lite Rock 96.9, and WPG 1050 AM

In DE - tune to Great Scott Broadcasting stations WGBG, WOCQ, WKHI,or WZBH.

Anniversary Timeline
(Slide bar to right to see our progress through the years.

February 6, 1963:

The Delaware River and Bay Authority (DRBA) formed. Its first line of business was to update earlier feasibility studies for the Cape May-Lewes Ferry.

July 1963:

The DRBA approved the $4 million purchase of 7 ferry vessels from the Chesapeake Bay and Tunnel District. Following a need evaluation, the DRBA ultimately purchased four of the ferry vessels at a cost of $3.3 million.

July 1, 1964:

First ferry vessel departed the Lewes terminal at 6:47 am. Seven minutes later than its scheduled start. The ferry carried 8 vehicles and 15 passengers.

July 1972:

DRBA authorized a contract to begin construction for three new ferry vessels.

June 1974:

Ceremonies were held at Lewes and Cape May to dedicate the first new ferry, the MV Delaware.

January 1979:

DRBA signed a contract for the construction of the fourth new ferry vessel.

June 1981:

DRBA signed a contract for the construction of the fourth new ferry vessel.

September 1983:

DRBA decided to build a fifth ferry vessel.

May 1985:

A dedication ceremony was held for the fifth ferry vessel named the MV Cape May.

June 1988:

New passenger loading buildings, new police facilities, and new patron waiting area in Lewes and Cape May are completed.

Memorial Day 1990:

MV Delaware was called upon to rescue 900 passengers stranded on the passenger liner, Regent Star, which ran aground 25 miles upriver.

April 1992:

The Cape May-Lewes Ferry carried its 20 millionth passenger. The service handles approximately 1.3 million passengers annually.

August 1993:

The Delaware River & Bay Authority contracted with Wallace, Roberts & Todd of Phildelphia, PA to develop the ferry's first comprehensive master plan.

July 1994:

The Ferry celebrated thirty years of continual service. The MV Delaware arrived newly refurbished from Newport News, VA.

May 4, 1996:

The MV Twin Capes returned to Cape May following its $27 million refurbishment at Norfolk, VA.

March 1998:

Cape May-Lewes Ferry employees completed a $1.2 million dollar upgrade on the MV Cape Henlopen.

June 1998:

MV Cape May resumed operations following a $20 million dollar overhaul at Norfolk, VA.

March 1999:

As they had for the MV Cape Henlopen, employees completed a $1.2 million dollar upgrade on her sister ship, MV New Jersey.

May 2001:

DRBA invests approximately $18 million in new passenger terminal facilities in Cape May and Lewes. The facilities open to the public on Memorial Day.

November 2002:

MV Cape Henlopen became the first Cape May-Lewes Ferry vehicle to participate in the U.S. Coast Guard and ABS Underwater Inspection Program.

July 1, 2004:

Cape May-Lewes Ferry celebrates its 40th anniversary. The public celebration takes place on Saturday, July 3.

November 2005:

Former passenger terminal building converted to an administration building for marine, customer service, police and other support operations.

July 2010:

Ferry launches Facebook and Twitter social media sites

June 2013:

MV New Jersey, MV Cape Henlopen and MV Delaware are renovated with new seats, new furniture, WIFI and flat panel televisions.

June 28-29:

Public celebrations are planned for the 50th anniversary of the Cape May-Lewes Ferry.
Upcoming 50th Anniversary Programs

Join Us for One or Both Festival Celebrations!

Free to the Public as our special thanks for 50 years of Ferry Fun.

  June 28, Cape May, NJ  June 29, Lewes, DE 
9AM -1PM Classic Car Show Classic Car Show

Performances by Art of Gymnastics & Cheer

1-4PM DJ, Face Painter, Carnival Games & Pirate Pete! DJ, Face Painter, Carnival Games & Pirate Pete!
 4-5PM Dedication Ceremonies Dedication Ceremonies
5:30-8:30 Outdoor Live Entertaiment by Lima Bean Riot Outdoor Live Entertainment by The Funsters
8:00-9:00  Outdoor Screening of WHYY's Billion Mile Journey
8:30-9:30 Outdoor Screening of WHYY's Billion Mile Journey  
9:15-9:30   Fireworks


It's not too late to be part of our history. Take a ferry ride today!