Bethany prepares for 31st annual July 4 fun

The Bethany Beach Fourth of July Parade Committee is in the process of planning its 31st annual event and is seeking volunteers. The event will take place on Friday, July 4.

The 2014 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 the day of the parade from 9 to 11:30 a.m. at the registration desks with floats registering at Route 1 and Central Avenue, and bikes at the Christian Church grounds.

The official Bethany Beach Parade T-shirts will be on sale the day of the parade, as well as during the Seaside Craft Show on Saturday, June 7, and from 9 to 11 a.m. at Town Hall during the week leading up to the event.

The annual Firecracker 5K Run/3K Walk will be held on Sunday, June 29, at 8 a.m. at the bandstand. Entry forms will be available in Town Hall and at the T-shirt sales tables. For details and online registration, visit bethanybeach5k.com.

The parade will begin at noon at the intersection of Pennsylvania Avenue and Garfield Parkway and take its traditional two-mile route through town. It will feature six marching bands and five entertainment groups on trucks.

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. There is no theme, other than creating something patriotic using the traditional red, white and blue colors. Fireworks will complete the day, at dusk.

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