Here it is. The last weekend before Memorial Day.
For many of us who work in the area, this is the last refuge of peace before we dive headlong into a summer of long days at work and ... well, another long day beginning the very next morning. That’s how it is, how it’s been and how we all hope it continues to be in the future.
And is there a better way to enjoy our last weekend before the mayhem descends with a good old-fashioned hometown celebration and parade? Probably not.
The town of Millville is celebrating its first 100 years tomorrow, Saturday, May 20, with a .5-mile parade through town and a five-hour party to follow at the fire hall. There will be music and food, face painting and a clown — just enough for all to enjoy the day, but not too much to lose the quaintness of a small-town celebration.
One sore spot around the community has been the announcement that Route 26 will be closed down on Saturday. For many businesses and residents along that important route, it is certainly significant. That being said, the road will only be shut down from 1 to 2 p.m. for the parade.
Speaking of the parade, organizers have announced that more than 30 participants will strut their stuff down the road, including fire trucks, floats from organizations, members of local auto clubs and the Delaware Army National Guard marching band.
Don’t feel like having the party end at the end of the parade? No bother, the good times will continue to roll on at the fire hall from 2 to 7 p.m.
Along with several local bands — including Millville’s own Right Hand for Richard — the Southern Delaware School of the Arts’ steel drum band, Steel the Show, will perform for party-goers. Children will be able to navigate a 51-foot shark slide and ride out some fun on a moon bounce.
Get out and celebrate Millville’s 100th birthday, and celebrate the community you love.