Lewes 4th of July Boat Parade

by Dave on June 19, 2009





The annual Lewes Independence Day Boat Parade, co-sponsored by the Lewes Chamber of Commerce. the Friends of the Lewes Canalfront Park and the Overfalls Maritime Museum Foundation, is seeking entries. The parade follows the popular “Old Fashioned Fourth of July” games on Second Street sponsored by the City of Lewes. Registration for the games begins at 8:00 a.m. and the children’s competitions begin at 9:00 a.m., concluding around 1:30 p.m.

This year’s grand marshal is Craig Stevens, President of the Lewes Fire Department. He will be representing the entire department which is being honored for their invaluable contributions to Lewes residents and visitors.

37th District Representative Joseph W. Booth will announce the parade from one of the Fisherman’s Wharf boats opposite the City Dock in 1812 Park. The boat parade will begin at Roosevelt Inlet at 1:30 p.m. and will wind its way down the Lewes-Rehoboth Canal to Fisherman’s Wharf for judging. Expected time of arrival at the City Dock area is 2:00 p.m. The event is Rain or Shine.

Three City of Lewes council members will be judging the parade with representatives from the three sponsoring organizations. The judges are: Council members Barbara Vaughan, Ted Becker and Victor Letonoff; Tracy Mulveny, representing the Friends of the Canalfront Park; Virginia Zrake representing the Lewes Chamber of Commerce and Bob Humes, representing the Overfalls Maritime Museum Foundation.

The patriotic theme will be exhibited through the boats’ decorations and the boat owners’ holiday attire. The Grand Prize winner will receive a custom-designed, carved trophy made by parade committee member Bert Long, a well-known local artisan who specializes in wood caricatures. First, Second and Third prize ribbons also will be awarded. Lewes Chamber of Commerce, Lewes Canalfront Park and Lightship Overfalls merchandise prizes will be presented to entrants not awarded the other prizes.

To be eligible for a prize, the vessel must be registered by 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 4. Registration forms are available now at the Lewes Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center in the Fisher-Martin House located next to the Zwaanendael Museum (facing Kings Highway), Lewes Harbour Bait & Tackle at the end of Anglers Road (next to Irish Eyes), Ole Salt Bait and Tackle Shop on New Road or at Pilottown Marina on Pilottown Road. Boats not registered by 10 a.m. on July 4 are invited to join the parade by arriving at Roosevelt Inlet by 1:00 p.m. and follow the numbered boat entries. All boats will be monitoring Marine Channel 65 and MUST COMPLY WITH COAST GUARD STANDARDS FOR SAFE BOATING. There is no charge to participate.

The awards ceremony will take place on the deck of the Lightship Overfalls at approximately 3:30 PM. For more information about the boat parade or the activities on Second Street, contact the Lewes Chamber of Commerce at (302)645-8073.

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