The greatest weekend of all is upon us

If there is one weekend that stands out above all others for our humble little community by the shore, this would be it.

Who doesn’t love fireworks exploding in patriotic glory over the ocean? Or pie-eating contests? Or beach bonfires? Or hometown parades featuring floats by local businesses, community organizations and families who consider this weekend an annual tradition that’s to be treasured as much for the quality time together as it is for the enjoyment of celebrating the birth of a glorious nation?

Yeah, it’s pretty special.

For those of us fortunate enough to call this wonderful place home, this is our grandest opportunity to put our best foot forward and show off what a tremendous community this truly is. We do this by being courteous to our guests, just as our mothers taught us to do, and by extending an open hand to anyone needing directions or suggestions. We get to celebrate all that is great about our tiny slice of Sussex County and, hopefully, we leave the kind of impression on our guests that makes them want to return again and again.

To our visitors, welcome. Get out and enjoy our beautiful beaches and inland bays. Try some of our amazing and creative restaurants, and wander through our local stores and shops. Hop in the car and wander inland to enjoy a scenic landscape that is flush with berries and crops hitting their stride. This is a time to escape the norm and enjoy all that is around us.

This is also a weekend of celebration, and with that celebration often comes alcohol. Many will be having a cold beer to wash down steamed crabs or hot dogs. Some will be gathering with friends to play cornhole, go camping or just enjoy a good old-fashioned barbecue to celebrate our nation’s independence. That’s all well and good.

But we ask all of you who choose that route to do so responsibly. Don’t drink and drive, as there are more people affected by your actions than just yourself.

Get out and enjoy the area for the holiday, and make memories that will last a lifetime. Just make them positive.