Five Community Events Around Rehoboth Beach for the Summer




Whether you’re a visitor to our fair city, or you call Rehoboth Beach your year round home, there’s always something cool to do. And with summer coming up, we wanted to pick five of the cool things happening here so you can put them on your calendar.

1. Summer Music

The Freeman Stage just released their entire summer lineup, and we know where we’re going to be spending a lot of our time. It’s an all-star program for the next five months, including Mary Chapin Carpenter, Smokey Robinson, Alison Krauss, Bruce Hornsby, Jeff Foxworthy, Lee Brice, as well as The Four Tops and The Temptations appearing together. And that’s just a few of the artists who will grace the stage. You can see the entire lineup on the Freeman Stage website.

And if you don’t want to fight parking and do a lot of walking, be sure to try the Jolly Trolley to get you to and from the Freeman Stage.

2. Fireworks

The Independence Day Fireworks are always a big hit, and they shoot off on different days in different locations. If you’re in town on Sunday, July 1, you can see Rehoboth Beach’s display at approximately 9:15 pm at the downtown Boardwalk. (And there will be the Jolly Trolley and DART buses running to help get you to and from downtown.)

Bethany Beach and Dewey Beach are working together to make an entire day of it on Wednesday, July 4th. They kick things off with the Bethany Beach July 4th Parade at 12 noon, starting at the intersection of Pennsylvania and Garfield Parkway. After the parade, the band Love Seed Mama Jump will start playing at 7:30 pm at the Bethany Beach Bandstand, and the fireworks will start around 9:15 or so.

3. Go for a Walk

The Boardwalk at Rehoboth Beach. There's a lot going on here each summer.

The Boardwalk at Rehoboth Beach.

If you ever wanted to get to know Rehoboth Beach a little better and learn some of our unique history, the Rehoboth Beach Historical Society will conduct walking tours around downtown. They’ll touch on several of the storms that have shaped our coastline, as well as shipwrecks, the naming of famous ships, and the history of several local businesses, including the Bellhaven Hotel, and Snyder’s and Robert Lee restaurants.

This year, they’re holding tours every other Thursday morning. Look for the people holding pink or black umbrellas — that’s Jean Brolund and Gerry Beaulieu. The tour is a 2-hour gentle stroll, and only costs $10 per person. For more information, or to book your place on the tour, call the Rehoboth Beach Museum at (302) 227-7310. Be sure to leave a message if the Museum is closed.

You can also take one of four different walking tours and two water tours with the Lewes Historical Society. They offer tours like the Lewes Legends Tour and Cape Waters Tour History Cruise. The tours happen every day of the week, but different tours are only run on specific days, so be sure to check out their website for dates and times.

4. It’s Delmarvalous!

Celebrate the Delmarva region — Delaware, Maryland, Virginia — at the Ward Museum’s Delmarvalous Festival on Saturday, June 23 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. It’s called a celebration of local traditions, and it’s a fun way to see how things were done 50, 100, and even 200 years ago in the local area.

While they haven’t announced the events for this year, last year’s festival included a farmers market, an artisan marketplace, and food trucks. There were also bird house building demonstrations, exhibits of Native American traditions., local history exhibits, fishing and paddling, and crab, oyster, and fish demonstrations.

5. Lewes Historical Society Antiques

The Lewes Historical Society is hosting its 54th annual Outdoor Antiques Show on Saturday, August 4th, from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm. They bring in high quality antiques dealers from around the region, featuring 18th century to early 20th century antiques.

The event is held at the Lewes Historical Society Campus at 110 Shipcarpenter Street. Tickets are $5 at the gate, and children under 12 are free. There will also be food, drinks, and treats available as you peruse the different outdoor booths and tents.

For more information on what’s happening around the Rehoboth Beach area, be sure to visit the Rehoboth.com Events Calendar for a whole lot more happening around the town and surrounding area.

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