Bethany seeking participants for Fourth of July parade

The Bethany Beach Fourth of July Parade Committee is in the process of planning its 33rd annual event and is seeking participants. The event will take place on Monday, July 4.

The 2016 theme is “Celebrate Your Right to Vote.” The committee is looking for businesses and organizations to enter and compete for a variety of prizes.

“Now is the time to start building, before the busy season hits,” organizers said. “Families are also encouraged to participate.”

Guidelines can be found on the Town’s website under Activities, Fourth of July. There is no pre-registration. Floats and bikes may be entered on the day of the parade from 9 to 11:30 a.m. at the registration desks: floats at Route 1 and Central Avenue; and bikes on the Christian Church grounds (bike decorating kits will be distributed while supplies last).

The official Bethany Beach Parade T-shirts will be on sale from 9 a.m. to noon on the day of the parade, during the Seaside Craft Show on Saturday, June 4, (Booth 122), and from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the bandstand concerts leading up to July 4, beginning with Memorial Day weekend.

The annual Firecracker 5K Run/3K Walk will be held on Sunday, June 26, at 8 a.m. at the bandstand. Online registration is now open. Entry forms will also be available at the T-shirt sales tables and in Town Hall. For details, visit

The parade will begin at noon, at the intersection of Pennsylvania Avenue and Garfield Parkway, and take its traditional 2-mile route through town. In addition to the floats and bikes, it will feature marching bands and entertainment groups on trucks.

New this year is the Downtowners Fancy Brigade (mummers band) from Philadelphia and the 1st Delaware Regiment Fife & Drum Corps. Organizers said there is always room for more marching bands. n order to eliminate gaps in the parade, there will be no performances in front of the viewing stand.

The horseshoe-throwing contest will be 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. Judging will take place before the parade begins. Bethany Beach Public Works Director Brett Warner will be the grand marshal in honor of his years of service to the Town.

The Air National Guard Band of the Northeast will bring its concert and rock bands to the bandstand to provide the evening entertainment.

The Parade Committee is also looking for young adults to lead the parade by carrying the banner. The volunteer opportunity can count toward community-service hours. The committee also needs volunteers for marshal positions. To volunteer or get more information, contact Events Director Julie Malewski at (302) 539-8725.

Organizers noted that, since the success of the parade depends heavily on the availability of police, EMTs and bands, there is no rain date. For more information, visit the Town’s website at