Independence Day: The federal holiday in the United States that commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, when a budding nation of 13 colonies declared its independence from Great Britain. Now celebrated and associated with fireworks, parades, barbecues, carnivals, fairs, picnics, beach trips, concerts, family reunions and concerts.
Delaware, one of the original revolters, celebrates up and down the state with activities the whole family can appreciate and participate in.
Here are a few, near and far, that are worth the gas and the heat.
As a state on the eastern seaboard with 28-miles of coastline, it's no small wonder that Delaware beaches have honed their celebratory skills with some major July 4th festivities.
Lewes-The city of Lewes will once again host a day of old-fashioned children's games on Second Street. Following the games, at approximately 2 p.m., the Lewes Independence Day Boat Parade will begin winding its way down the Lewes-Rehoboth Canal. Participating vessels must be registered by 10 a.m., Wednesday, July 4. Registration forms are available at the Lewes Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center in the Fisher Martin House in Zwaaendael Park at Pilottown Marina and the Lewes Harbour Marina Bait and Tackle Shop.
Late, unregistered entries are will still be able to participate. However, prizes are only available to registered boats.
For more information about parade registration and holiday events, visit www.leweschamber.com.
Rehoboth Beach—The shores and boardwalk of Rehoboth regularly draws in crowds of more than 50,000 people for a fireworks display visible up and down the coast. The pop and crackle of explosive firecrackers will start about 9:15.
Rehoboth Beach Main Street recommends making a day of it and getting down there early to avoid as much of the traffic congestion as possible.
Plenty of parking will be available as well as transportation services. For more information, visit www.downtownrehoboth.com
Bethany Beach—Festivities actually begin on Sunday, July 1 with the fourth annual Firecrackers 5K Run, which actually supports the town's parade.
On Wednesday, July 4, the parade will kick-off at 12 p.m. on the dot with the "Star Spangled Banner" at the reviewing stand. The day is chock-full of old-fashioned family fun with a horseshoe throwing contest for both professionals and amateurs as well as a blueberry pie-eating contest for all ages.
Awards will be given out at 7:15 p.m. followed by a concert by the Milford Community Band, who will entertain the crowds until dusk, when the fireworks start. For more information, visit www.townofbethanybeach.com.
South and inland
The town of Laurel observes the birth of the nation with activities that celebrate town and country. There's a cornhole tournament offering a $100 grand prize, a parade, a talent show and a concert by the Humanaires. The fireworks begin at dusk. For more information, call (302) 875-2277 or visit www.townoflaurel.net.
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