Beach towns go wild -- July 4 around Sussex County.

July 4 around Sussex County towns


Massey’s Landing will host a “Most Patriotic Costume Contest,” for adults, children and dogs at 1 p.m. and a patriotic golf cart parade at 3 p.m. For more information, call 302-947- 2600.


Celebrate Tuesday with “Bring Mayberry Back to Milton” at Milton Memorial Park from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., including old-fashioned games, food vendors, train rides, a water balloon battle, a bike parade and a “chess tent.”

Buddy Holly Tribute band “OH BOY!” and DJ Jerry B will provide entertainment.

The bike parade and bike decorating contest begins at 11 a.m. Contestants must register at Irish Eyes Restaurant and Pub by 10:45 a.m.

“Milton’s Best” Pie Baking Contest has three categories: professional, amateur and children 12 and under. Bring your red, white or blue themed pie to the hospitality tent between 9 and 10 a.m. to enter. For more information contact 302-684- 0368.

Bethany Beach

“Bethany Beach Celebrates!” parade at noon, which will feature 12 bands. Individuals, organizations, businesses, walkers and automobile drivers are welcome to participate – register between 9 and 11:30 a.m. on the north side of Christian Church on Central Boulevard.

At 2:30 p.m., check out renowned Ben Franklin impersonator Brian Patrick Mulligan at the bandstand with “Art Thou Smarter Than a Fifth Grader in Ben Franklin Trivia.”

Parade awards will be announced at 7:15 at the bandstand, followed by Love Seed Mama Jump at 7:30 and fireworks at dusk. For more information, visit

Dewey Beach

Fireworks, sponsored by Highway One, are scheduled for about 9 p.m. on Tuesday.

July 5

Dewey Beach Business Partnership will host a free Kids 4th of July Beach Party at the Dagsworthy Street beach at 7 p.m., a carnival-style celebration with music and games. For more information, visit and/or the Dewey Beach Business Partnership Facebook page.


Old Fashioned Fourth of July Celebration Tuesday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The morning features games for kids on Second Street, followed by a boat parade on the canal at 1:30 p.m.

An awards ceremony will be held at 3:30 p.m. on the deck of the Lightship Overfalls.

Finally, the Doo-Dah Parade will begin around 5 p.m. from Kings Highway to Savannah Road and then onto Second Street. For more information, call the Lewes Chamber of Commerce (302) 645-8073.


The Laurel Independence Day Celebration on Tuesday begins bright and early at 8 a.m. with a prayer breakfast at Abbott’s on Broadcreek, sponsored by the Laurel Ministerial Association.

Chain Break will perform at the Market Square Park Bandstand at 5 p.m., followed by the Little Miss Independence Pageant at 6 and the “Let Freedom Ring” parade at 7.

Chain Break will perform again until about 9:25 p.m., when fireworks begin. Contact 302-875- 2277 for more information.