Community shows its patriotism

For what’s perceived to be a little beach community, we certainly can do the small-town patriotic event as well as anybody.

Those wishing to get into the spirit of Americana this Fourth of July will have no problem getting into it with events in Bethany Beach and the Village of Bear Trap Dunes. Bear Trap kicks off the celebrations with their annual parade, which begins at 9 a.m. The public is invited to this community event, which starts at the Bear Trap Pavilion, and organizers encourage families and groups to decorate their cars, bicycles, pets and more to share in a collective celebration of the birth of this nation.

As for Bethany Beach’s celebration, well, it just continues to grow in popularity. Phil Rossi, the parade chairman, said he has at least 100 volunteers working on the event and he expects 1,000 children on bikes, close to 75 floats and thousands in attendance.

The Bethany parade will begin at high noon at the Bethany Beach Christian Church, and organizers estimate it will run for about 90 minutes. The big horseshoe contest takes place at 2 p.m. at the church, and the awards festivities for both the parade and horseshoe tournament will happen at the boardwalk bandstand at 7:15 p.m. Following the awards, the Philadelphia Brass Band will perform until the fireworks begin at dusk.

The Fourth of July is the biggest holiday this community has every year, and it is certainly done right. Those who live here should get out and partake in some of the local events, and visitors to our community should certainly do the same. If you haven’t done the Bear Trap or Bethany Beach Fourth of July parades before, make it a point to take in at least one of them this year — it is guaranteed to be fun.

The Coastal Point would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a happy, joyous Fourth of July celebration, and we’d also like to take time to point out one other important consideration for the holiday — be safe. Be safe with fireworks, be safe with alcohol consumption and be safe at the beach. Make it a holiday to remember, not one you’d like to forget.