Bethany beach to celebrate Periers Day on July 27

On Monday, July 27, the Town of Bethany Beach will celebrate Périers Day, marking the twinning of the towns of Bethany Beach, Del., and Periers, France.

Downtown Bethany will become more reminiscent of a street in France, with caricature artists and strolling entertainers on the boardwalk from 3 to 6 p.m., and French and jazz band La Vie en Rose, featuring Violette, on the bandstand stage from 5 to 7 p.m. To further support the French-themed event, that Monday’s movie on the beach will be “Madeline.”

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 August of 2010.

The commemorative program is free. There is no rain date. For more information, visit