Happy 4th of July Weekend everyone!
This week’s edition of our current events blog is definitely going to have a bit of a patriotic theme, as you might guess, as just about all of our featured events are related to the Independence Day holiday.
As the 4th is on Thursday, that means most of our “weekend” events are actually happening a little bit earlier in the week than usual. So give things a read below and make plans for not only the holiday itself, but also for the weekend that follows.
But first a quick note if you’re reading this on Wednesday, July 3. The Rehoboth Beach fireworks show, which we covered in last week’s blog, is planned for this evening at dusk. So if you want to see the biggest fireworks show of the season, check that out tonight in the “Nation’s Summer Capital.”
Getting back to what’s coming up from Thursday onward, take a listen as Oldfather Group CEO Dustin Oldfather kicks things off with a video preview of the holiday festivities.
Okay, on to all of the red, white and blue themed events for Independence Day Weekend 2019. We have a good selection for you, spread throughout the region, so let’s get started.
Dewey Beach Fireworks (July 4). This year’s Dewey Beach fireworks show is scheduled for Thursday, July 4, on the bayside in front of Northbeach Restaurant & Bar.
Fireworks will be set off from a barge in Rehoboth Bay, with the show set to begin around 9 p.m.
For more information, call 302-227-3888.
Lewes Old Fashioned Fourth of July (July 4). The folks in Lewes have a full day of fun and family friendly activities scheduled for this year’s Independence Day celebration.
The Lewes Old Fashioned Fourth of July festivities include games on Second Street, the always enjoyable boat parade on the Lewes & Rehoboth Canal and the unpredictable, yet festive, Doo Dah Parade downtown.
The activities on Second Street will begin at 9 a.m., with the boat parade and the Doo Dah Parade following later in the day.
The day concludes with fireworks being shot off from a barge off Lewes Beach at dusk.
For more information on this year’s Old Fashioned Fourth of July in Lewes, visit www.GoFourthLewes.org.
Bethany Beach Independence Day Festivities (July 4). This year marks the 35th anniversary of the 4th of July celebration in Bethany Beach, which is always highlighted by the parade downtown at high noon.
Bands featured in this year’s Independence Day parade include the Delmar District Pipe Bank, the 287th National Guard Army Band, the Downtown Dixieland Band, the German Oompah Band and the Oxford Brass, among others.
There will also be a performance by Jimi Smooth & the Hit Time Band at the Bandstand at 7:30, followed by fireworks at dusk.
Visit www.townofbethanybeach.com for more information.
Henlopen Acres Independence Day Parade (July 4). This year’s Henlopen Acres parade will begin at 9:30, kicking off at the marina on Tidewater and proceeding along the parade route.
If it does happen to rain on Thursday, the event will instead be held at 9 a.m. on Friday, July 5.
Call 302-227-6411 for more information.
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Laurel Community 4th of July (July 4). For folks living or visiting a little bit inland, the town of Laurel will again be holding its Independence Day celebration downtown on Thursday, July 4.
The day kicks off at 8 a.m. with a prayer breakfast at Abbott’s on Broad Creek and events continuing throughout the day.
Other scheduled activities include a car and truck show on Front Street, a petting zoo in Market Square Park, a cornhole tournament, the annual Independence Day parade at 7 p.m. and musical performances by Kings Ransom and Pistol Whipped.
The fireworks show kicks off at dusk.
For more information, visit the Facebook page for the event here.
Ocean City 4th of July Festivities (July 4). Always one of the biggest fireworks shows of the year, Ocean City will be celebrating Independence Day at two locations within the resort.
Beginning at 8 p.m. with live music and continuing until the fireworks begin at 9:30, both Northside Park and the beach at North Division Street will be open and likely filled to capacity once again in 2019.
For more information on this year’s July 4th celebrations, call 800-626-2326 or 410-250-0125.
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Bring Mayberry Back to Milton (July 4). For an Independence Day celebration that’s a little different from the others, consider heading to downtown Milton on Thursday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.
To be held in Milton Memorial Park, this old-fashioned celebration will include several activities for the entire family, including a pie baking contest, train rides, chess matches, a dunk tank, a bike decorating contest and a bike parade beginning at 11 a.m.
Two new bikes will be given out to both the boy and the girl who are voted the winners of the bike decorating competition.
This is a free event and is sponsored by Irish Eyes. For more information, contact Maryellen Kiernan at email@example.com or call 302-684-5005.
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Movies on the Beach (July 8). Held every Monday night during the season, these family friendly movies are fun for everyone. Bring your family, a blanket and some popcorn to the beach for family movie night!
Movies will start at approximately 8:30 p.m. on the beach at Dagsworthy Street in Dewey Beach and Garfield Parkway in Bethany Beach. This week’s selections are “Beauty and the Beast” (Dewey Beach) and “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World” (Bethany Beach).
Whatever you choose to do this weekend, we hope you have a fun and exciting few days in the coastal region.
And be sure to check back here next week in our “Weekender Blog” for more great happenings at and near the Delaware and Maryland beaches.
Have a great weekend everyone!