For more than a decade, Bear Trap Dunes has been hosting its own Fourth of July Parade to commemorate Independence Day. This year, the parade will be held on Saturday, July 5, beginning at 9 a.m.
The parade route will start at the Village at Bear Trap Dunes Pavilion, continue down October Glory Avenue, take a left onto Sycamore Street, followed by a left Willow Oak Avenue and then head back toward the Pavilion.
“We have residents and nonresidents participating in the parade,” said Lance Kerr, the pavilion manager. “We try to solicit as many people as we can possibly get.”
The parade may also be viewed by anyone who wishes to continue their Fourth of July celebrations and will feature the Ocean View Police Department, the Bethany Beach Volunteer Fire Company and even Ocean View Mayor Walter Curran.
“The Baltimore Ravens mascot is coming down, and we’ll have a stilt-walker. All of our lifeguards are going to decorate a float and ride on it. Then we have a bunch of different businesses, and things like that are going to be participating by putting floats and cars in the parade,” he said. “It’s nothing like the Bethany parade, but for a community parade, it’s pretty big.”
Kerr said it’s always great to see kids participate in the parade and get decked out for the celebration.
“It’s an exciting way for the kids to come out and have a fun summer activity to do before heading to the beach for the day. It brings the community together for the day, to participate in something that everyone enjoys.”
Later that day, from noon to 3 p.m., Bear Trap will hold a Kids’ Day for the community — its owners and renters and their guests.
“We’ll be selling hotdogs and ice cream. There’ll be a variety of pool games and activities.”
Kerr added that he hopes many families will attend the celebration and that it continues to grow for years to come.
“I hope we get as much participation as possible. It’s an event where community participation really makes or breaks it. I’m hoping we can get the word out and have a lot of people come out,” he said. “We’re hoping this year it’ll be a little bit bigger. We have a lot of new things this year, so it’ll be interesting to see how it turns out.”
Bear Trap Dunes is located at 7 Clubhouse Drive in Ocean View.