This Monday, July 4, the Greater Millsboro Chamber of Commerce and St. Mark’s Episcopal Church will come together to host the 5th Annual Youth 4th of July Parade in Millsboro. The parade line-up will start at 9:45 a.m. and the parade will begin promptly at 10 a.m. at the Labyrinth and prayer circle at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, located at State and Ellis streets in Millsboro.
“The celebration originated in 2006,” explained Dottie LeCates, who helps organize the event. “The following year, we decided that we wanted to involve the children, in addition to celebrating Independence Day. The Youth 4th of July Parade is a way for the community to celebrate vets, as well as the next generation.”
The parade will begin with a brief ceremony and guest speakers, and will feature the Junior Marines of Sussex County and local singer Cathy Gorman. There are no motorized floats or vehicles in the parade, and the celebration pays homage to a simpler time.
“There will be plenty of bicycles, strollers, wagons and walkers in the parade,” said LeCates. “We even get a lot of dogs dressed up and dyed red, white and blue.”
Children ranging in age from infants to 12 years old are the highlight of the youth parade, which concludes at Cupola Park.
“There are a lot of kids coming out,” said LeCates. “We’ve had a growing number every year since the start, and we hope to keep it going. Many of the kids will be hard at work, decorating their bikes and getting ready for the parade.
“We will recognize those who made the ultimate sacrifice and everyone else who has served for our country,” she emphasized. “It’s not just a birthday party for America, but we’re enlightening the young people, too.”
For more information about the Millsboro Youth 4th of July Parade, visit www.millsborochamber.com or call (302) 934-6777.