Bethany Beach to celebrate Périers Day on July 27

On Thursday, July 27, the Town of Bethany Beach will celebrate Périers Day, marking the twinning of the towns of Bethany Beach and Périers, France. The Town will also be host to French guests visiting as part of a three-city tour that includes Washington, D.C., and New York.

Strolling entertainment will take place on the Bethany Beach Bandstand Plaza from 1 to 4 p.m. A special program will take place on the stage at 7 p.m., to include a performance by the WWll band. Back by popular demand from last year’s event, the local group reproduces the sounds of the USO shows that entertained the troops behind enemy lines during World War II. The quartet features saxophone, clarinet, accordion, tenor banjo and guitar, as well as guest vocalists.

Périers, located in Normandy, France, was liberated by the U.S. Army’s 90th Infantry Division on July 27, 1944. The liberation came almost two months after the D-Day landing on Utah Beach. The twinning or “sister city” relationship between the two towns was established in 2010.

The commemorative program is free and sponsored by the Bethany Beach Cultural & Historical Affairs Committee. There is no rain date. There will be no bonfire on the beach that night.

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