Fireworks and festivities galore on tap for Fourth of July

Those looking for a way to celebrate Independence Day on the Delaware shore with a real bang may have trouble picking where to go to celebrate.

In Millsboro, a Youth 4th of July Parade will be held beginning at 10 a.m. on Friday, July 4. Families should meet at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church’s labyrinth for an opening ceremony featuring Cathy Gorman and young Marines. There will also be a special visit from Uncle Sam.

Each child will be given an American flag to carry along the parade route down State Street, turning left onto Morris Street, to conclude in Cupola Park.

Bethany Beach will kick off its celebrations this weekend, with the annual Firecracker 5K Run/3K Walk held on Sunday, June 29, 8 a.m., starting at the bandstand. Pre-registration has already closed, but those still hoping to participate can look to register on the day of the event, starting at 7 a.m.

At noon on Friday, July 4, Bethany Beach’s annual Fourth of July parade will start at the intersection of Pennsylvania Avenue and Garfield Parkway, and take its traditional 2-mile route through the town. The parade will feature six marching bands, five entertainment groups, many homemade floats, and many children riding bikes decked out in red, white and blue.

The official Bethany Beach 4th of July Parade T-shirts will be on sale on the boardwalk during bandstand shows June 27 and 28, and July 1 and 2, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., as well as from 9 to 11 a.m. at Town Hall the week leading up to the event. T-shirts cost $15 for adults and $10 for children.

At 2 p.m. a horseshoe-throwing contest will be held at the southwest corner of the Christian Church grounds.

Later that evening, at 7:15 p.m., the awards ceremony for the parade will be held at the bandstand, followed by a performance by the Warrior Spirit Band, a band comprising disabled and combat-wounded veterans.

The day will conclude with a fireworks display with prime viewing on the beach, kicking off at dusk.

For those in Rehoboth or Dewey Beach, fireworks will be set off from two barges off the shoreline around 9 p.m. and be visible in the surrounding area.

The next day, the Bear Trap Dunes community in Ocean View will hold their annual parade. On Saturday, July 5, beginning at 9 a.m. at the Bear Trap pavilion, the Ocean View Police Department, Bethany Beach Volunteer Fire Company, business and community floats, kids on bikes and more will make a loop around the community.

Then, on Saturday evening, from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. the Town of Fenwick Island will hold its 10th annual Bonfire on the beach at Dagsboro Street. Games, music and dancing for both children and adults are planned.

T-shirts and other items will be available for sale, with proceeds going to help offset the cost of the Fenwick Island Beach Patrol team’s attendance at the USLA National Lifeguards Championships in Virginia Beach this August.

The family-friendly event is free and open to the public.

Residents and visitors alike, no matter where in the area they are during the Fourth of July holiday, will have a multitude of options to celebrate the country’s independence with family, fun and fireworks.