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Independence Day Celebration
Bethany Beach prepares for 31st annual parade
Grand Marshals Phil and Mary Rossi

The Bethany Beach Fourth of July Parade Committee is in the process of planning its 31st annual event. 

The 2014 Grand Marshals will be Phil and Mary Rossi in recognition of their years of dedicated service to making the parade what it is today.

Registration:  You may register your floats and bikes the day of the parade from 9 - 11:30 a.m. at the registration desks as follows:  Floats -  Route 1 and Central Avenue; Bikes - Christian Church grounds. 

T-Shirts:  The official Bethany Beach Parade T-shirts will be on sale from 9 a.m. to noon the day of the parade (across from the post office); on the boardwalk during bandstand shows June 27th & 28th, July 2nd & 3rd from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.; and from 9 - 11 a.m. at Town Hall the week leading up to the event.  Cost is $15 for adults, $10 for child sizes.

Fourth of July Schedule:

  • 12:00  The parade will begin at the intersection of Pennsylvania and Garfield Parkway and take its traditional 2-mile route through the town.  It will feature 6 marching bands and 5 entertainment groups on trucks with marching units including:
    • Tidewater Brass Band
    • Delmar District Bag Pipe Band
    • Delaware National Guard
    • Trilby String Band
    • Back Bay Strummers
    • Downtown Dixieland Band
    • German Oompah Band
    • Honeycombs
    • Paddlewheel Strutters
    • Nautical Sounds
    • Chester County Emerald Society Pipe Band
    • 1st State Detachment Marine Corps League
  • 2:00    Try your skill at the horseshoe-throwing contest at the southwest corner of the Christian Church grounds.
  • 7:15    Award ceremony - There's no theme this year other than creating something patriotic using the traditional red, white and blue colors.
  • 7:30    Warrior Spirit Band - a band comprised of disabled or combat-wounded veterans who share their musical talents in order to empower other wounded soldiers and support their recovery programs.  Their genre is an eclectic one, mixing rock and blues/country to appeal to diverse age groups while crossing social barriers.
  • Dusk   Fireworks - no July 4th event would be complete without them!

If you're one of the 40,000 people who have attended this celebration, you know it wouldn't be possible without the help of our many volunteers.  If you'd like to volunteer, we'd love to have you.  Please contact Events Director, Julie Malewski, at 302-539-8011 x123.

Click here to view the list of 2013 award winners.

Click here to view photos from the 2013 event.

Click here to watch our 2013 video.

214 Garfield Pkwy, PO Box 109, Bethany Beach, DE 19930
Voice: 302-539-8011, Fax: 302-539-8149, Email Us