Kick up your heels at Bethany Beach Firecracker 5k

Most of the country ends Independence Day with fireworks, but Bethany Beach begins the holiday with a firecracker.

Coastal Point • File photo: Runners start the race at last year’s annual Bethany Beach Firecracker 5K.Coastal Point • File photo
Runners start the race at last year’s annual Bethany Beach Firecracker 5K.

The Bethany Beach Firecracker 5K Run & 3K Walk will brighten the seaside streets on Sunday, June 30, at 8 a.m. It’s organized by the Town of Bethany Beach to help fund the Fourth of July parade.

“Our goal for the race is to make it a family-friendly event and something that captures the spirit of Bethany Beach and the Fourth of July,” said race director Greg Mavraganis.

He said young children, parents and grandparents have walked and run in the events, making it a multigenerational affair.

“We’re excited to continue this another year,” Mavraganis said. “We’ve had great success in the first four years, and we’re hoping to build on that.”

Costumes are not required, but some participants also like to show their red-, white-and-blue spirit.

Usually too busy organizing the race to participate, Mavraganis said, “It’s really an exciting day for us to … offer something that people get a kick out of and enjoy with their families.”

Prizes will be awarded to top five male and female finishers. Medals will go to the winners in each age category.

Race registration and T-shirt sales continue during the day at Bethany Beach Town Hall, nightly at the bandstand and on Sunday morning at 7 a.m. at the bandstand.

The race begins at 8 a.m. with post-race award ceremony at 9 a.m. The course starts at Garfield Parkway and Atlantic Avenues, ending on Campbell Place near Atlantic Avenue. The entry fee is $25.

For more information and course map, visit For more information about the Independence Day celebration, call Parade Chairman Philip C. Rossi at (302) 539-8011, ext. 24.