Bethany Beach Jazz Funeral set for Sept. 5

While the 2016 summer resort season is just getting started, plans are in the works to celebrate the end of the summer season. Locals and summer residents will celebrate the end of the Bethany Beach summer resort season with their annual Bethany Beach Jazz Funeral, to be held on Labor Day Monday, Sept. 5, around 5:30 p.m.

The Jazz Funeral is a designed to be a lighthearted celebration that allows all those who attend to participate and become part of a “just for fun” boardwalk parade. The 2016 Bethany Beach Jazz Funeral is a “Labor Day Farewell to Summer” parade and celebration held on the Bethany boardwalk that is free to the public, according to Carolyn Bacon and Marie Wright, the assistant chairpersons of this year’s Jazz Funeral events.

Highlights of the event can be viewed at

At the Jazz Funeral, spectators go to the boardwalk on Labor Day and can join the funeral procession of mourners. Mourners will carry a casket with a mannequin representing “Summer of 2016” from the north end of the boardwalk to its final resting place at the bandstand. Music will be provided by the combined efforts of three Dixieland jazz bands, according to Bacon.

“The Bethany Beach Jazz Funeral is comparable to the jazz funerals that are held in New Orleans that celebrate the lives of those who have passed away,” Bacon said. “In Bethany Beach, the Jazz Funeral is celebrated each Labor Day to mark the passing of the summer resort season in Delaware’s Quiet Resorts.”

Part of the Jazz Funeral festivities will be a series of brief reflections and recollections by Bethany residents after the procession arrives at the bandstand. This year’s end-of-the-summer remarks will highlight the lighter side of resort living in the Quiet Resorts, according to Wright.

“The Bethany Beach Jazz Funeral is now in its 31st year, and from the very beginning our event was designed to be a ‘fun’ event,” Wright said. “We want to celebrate the dedication and the hard work performed by our visiting summer locals and our true local family members who live, work and raise their families in the Quiet Resorts. We want to take the opportunity to celebrate the lighter side of enjoying the summer in our resort areas.”

This year’s Bethany Beach Jazz Funeral Silent Auction is on Friday, Sept. 2, beginning at 3:15 p.m. at Bethany Blues, at 6 North Pennsylvania Avenue in Bethany Beach. The beneficiary for funds raised at the silent auction is to be named soon.

Anyone who wishes to volunteer to help out with the Bethany Beach Jazz Funeral or the Silent Auction is being asked to email, call to leave a message at (302) 537-1585 or drop a line to P.O. Box 505, Bethany Beach, DE 19930. An overview of the event can be viewed at