Sussex Snapshots -- July 1, 2003
OK, I admit it, I love the Fourth of July.
Next to Christmas, I think it's my favorite holiday.
Before 9/11 made it cool to be patriotic, it was the one day a year when you could wave the flag, wear red-white-and-blue nail polish (c'mon guys, loosen up), sing "God Bless America" really off-key, and get away with it. You can lie on the beach past sundown with your sweetie and not worry about getting arrested.
Believe it or not, when I was a teenager, I'd go watch fireworks with friends, and then we'd sit around and listen to the soundtrack from "1776." OK, I was a bit of a geek as a teen -- don't hold it against me.
I still love the Fourth of July (aAnd not just because you don't have to spend a fortune on gifts! -- but that's a definite plus.)
Now that I'm a grown-up geek, I just love the 4th because it's such a family day. It's like Thanksgiving with hamburgers and corn on the cob instead of turkey and stuffing. Last year, I sat in the midst of a group of about 30 relatives and friends, watching the fireworks on the beach. It just doesn't get much better than that.
In Sussex County, Independence Day is big, important stuff. It's the unofficial start of the summer season at the beach -- things really kick into high gear this week, and stay that way until mid-August.
If you're lucky enough to live here or are preparing to visit, here's a listing of events celebrating the Fourth:
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- OCEAN VIEW -- Village at Bear Trap Dunes Fourth of July Parade begins at 9 a.m. at the Village Pavilion. All residents of the Ocean View and Millville area are welcome to participate; there is a small entry fee. Prizes will be awarded for the Most Adorable, Most Original and Most Patriotic entries. The Village at Bear Trap Dunes is located on Central Avenue about one mile south of Route 26.
- LAUREL -- In Laurel, a 4th of July Celebration Car Show will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Game Zone on Alt. Route 13A. Admission is $10 per car. For more information, call (302) 875-3717.
- DAGSBORO --"Celebration of Our Nation," Dagsboro Church of God, Route 113, Dagsboro. Full afternoon of entertainment, kids' events, pony rides and food begins at 2:30 p.m., featuring performances by Damascus Circle/Russell Hickman, Robin Lake, Wayne Dukes, Melanie Sita, Master's Commission, James Brumble and Universal Praise, Bob Pawson and The Christian Friends, Lights of Home and Rod Propes. Miss Delaware Erin Williams will appear from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., a Dover Air Force Base flyover will take place at 7:35 p.m., and at 8:20 p.m., a patriotic musical production titled "We Must Not Forget" will begin. Fireworks will begin at 9:30 p.m.
- BETHANY BEACH -- Bethany Beach Fourth of July Parade steps off at noon from the Christian Church grounds in the center of town. The parade follows a route along Atlantic and Pennysylvania avenues, and features hundreds of children on decorated bicycles, festive and fun floats by families, businesses and civic groups, marching units and more. Prizes will be awarded. This year's Grand Marshal is Bethany Beach Lifeguard Captain Tim Ferry. Marching groups will include the Lehigh Valley Knights, an 80-piece drum and bugle corps; the Delaware School of the Arts steel drum band, and the Tidewater Brass Band. Al Santoro and the Hi-Liters, the Nautical Sounds barbershop group, and the Delmarva District Pipe Band will also perform. Registration begins at 10 a.m. on the church grounds. Each child with a bicycle will receive a free kit with decorations and other goodies. Children on bikes MUST wear helmets.
- BETHANY BEACH -- A Horseshoe Pitching Contest begins at the southeast corner of the Christian Church grounds immediately after the parade.
- BETHANY BEACH -- Sound Venture will entertain with instrumentals and vocals on the Bethany Beach bandstand at 7:30 p.m.
- BETHANY BEACH -- Fireworks begin at dark; they will be set off from Wellington Parkway on the south end of town this year. Satellite parking is available at the Christian Church grounds.
- REHOBOTH BEACH -- The Chesapeake Brass Band will perform at the Rehohoboth Beach bandstand on Rehoboth Avenue at 8 p.m. Fireworks will be set off from a barge off the beach in Rehoboth at dark. The fireworks are sponsored by the Rehoboth Beach Main Street Association.
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