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Independence Day Celebration
Bethany Beach celebrates 30th annual parade
Parade Chairman Phil Rossi

Bethany Beach hosted its 30th annual Fourth of July Parade this year. We'd like to thank participants and volunteers for making the event extra special. 

Click here to view the list of award winners.

Click here to view photos from the event.

Click here to watch our video.

Rossi steps down as parade chairman

After 10 years at the helm, Philip Rossi has stepped down as chairman of the town’s Fourth of July Parade.

The announcement came one day after the 30th annual event.

“I think it’s about time for a change and time to bring in new blood,” Rossi said. “I 
really enjoyed the chairmanship over the past 10 years. I always received support from the town, its staff and numerous volunteers. It would be remiss not to mention all those who supported the parade -- the businesses, participants, etc.”

Prior to 1984, the Fourth of July week was one of the slowest for resort businesses. To help boost profits, merchants conceived the idea of an Independence Day celebration. 

Because of business commitments, the parade evolved into a citizen volunteer group. The festivities have grown over the years, with each parade chairman adding to the success of the event. 

This year, thousands of people packed into town to see marching bands, walking groups, floats and more. 

Rossi said there were more participants than ever before — a sign the parade is still gaining popularity after 30 years.

“Everyone thinks of the Fourth of July Parade as part of Bethany Beach,” he said. “It is a show of small-town Americana.”

Rossi’s wife, Mary, who handled T-shirt sales for the past 10 years, has also resigned. Their duties will be absorbed by Events Director Laren Hughes in 2014. 

Bethany parade committee says thanks

I am writing this letter on behalf of committee members to express a special thanks to all those who devoted their time to make the 30th annual Bethany Beach Fourth of July Parade a special event.

We would like to extend a special thanks to Bethany Beach officials, their staff and town employees; the Bethany Beach Police Department; the Bethany Beach Volunteer Fire Company and Ladies Auxiliary; the Bethany Beach Ambulance Corp.; the fire police; the Public Works Department; and we can’t forget our emcee, Jenifer Carter.

Thanks also goes to St. Ann’s Church and the Christian Church Conference Center for the use of their facilities and grounds; those who sold and purchased T-shirts; and Jennifer Carter, a very talented local artist, for her help in the design of the T-shirts and her donation of a painting for the grand prize winner.

Without the support of all of these parade components for the months leading up to and after the parade, this event could not be a success. In addition, thanks to Lord’s Landscaping, G&E Hocker and Complete Tree Care for providing trucks for our musical groups. Also, thanks to Walgreen’s for donating water for the parade and to Shore Foods for ice.

We also want to thank Greg Mavraganis for sponsoring the 5th annual Bethany Beach  Firecracker 5K Run/3K Walk, and those who participated in the 25th annual horseshoe-throwing contest sponsored by Joe Lank.

A special thanks to the scores of bicyclists who used the bike kits and their talents to decorate their bikes; the community groups and businesses that entered floats; and, of course, to the walking organizations.

From everyone connected with this annual fun and successful show of small-town Americana, our sincere thanks.

Phil Rossi
Bethany Beach Fourth of July Parade





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