Bethany Beach prepares for annual Independence Day fun


The Bethany Beach Fourth of July Parade Committee is in the process of planning its 32nd annual event and is seeking volunteers. The event will take place on Saturday, July 4. The 2015 grand marshals will be Phil and Mary Rossi, in recognition of their years of dedicated service to making the parade what it is today.

Floats and bikes may be entered on the day of the parade, from 9 to 11:30 a.m. at two registration desks: for floats, at Route 1 and Central Avenue; and for bikes at the Christian Church grounds. The 2015 theme is “Let Freedom Ring.”

The official Bethany Beach Fourth of July Parade T-shirts will be on sale the day of the parade, as well as during the Seaside Craft Show on Saturday, June 6, and at the bandstand concerts leading up to the event.

The annual Firecracker 5K Run/3K Walk will be held on Sunday, June 28, at 8 a.m. at the bandstand. Entry forms will be available at the T-shirt sales tables and in Town Hall. For details and online registration, visit http://bethanybeach5k.com/.

The parade will begin at noon at the intersection of Pennsylvania Avenue and Garfield Parkway and take its traditional 2-mile route through the town. It will feature five marching bands and six entertainment groups on trucks. In order to eliminate gaps in the parade, there will be no performances in front of the viewing stand.

The horseshoe-throwing contest occurs at 2 p.m. at the southwest corner of the Christian Church grounds, and the award ceremony will take place on the bandstand at 7:15 p.m. New this year, judging will take place before the parade begins. Fireworks will complete the day, at dusk.

The evening entertainment will be provided by The Vigilantes, a female-fronted dance band that plays popular music spanning from the 1970s through today.

Since the success of the parade depends heavily on the availability of police, EMTs and bands, there is no rain date, organizers noted.

For updates, visit the Town’s website at www.townofbethanybeach.com. To volunteer, contact Events Director Julie Malewski at (302) 539-8011, ext. 123.