Greetings and welcome to a special Independence Day version of the "Weekender Blog," brought to you every Wednesday by the real estate professionals at the Oldfather Group of Ocean Atlantic Sotheby's International Realty.

If you follow our weekly blog, then you know that we generally preview events and happenings coming up during the next Friday to Sunday time period here in the coastal region.

But with July 4th falling on a Wednesday this year, today's blog entry is going to be a little different. While a couple of holiday happenings do, in fact, fall on the upcoming weekend, most are being held during the middle of next week.

So today, we're donning the red, white and blue and giving you everything you need to know for celebrating Independence Day 2018 here in the beautiful coastal regions of Delaware and Maryland.

But first, here's our very own Linda Rosatelli with a quick video preview of this year's holiday events.

Note: The video below was filmed at one of our premier residential listings, which is newly listed and ready to be shown. Click here to learn more about 37017 Serenity Drive in Selbyville.

Okay, let's get right to it. Here's what's being planned for the celebration of Independence Day at the Delaware and Maryland beaches.

Stars and Stripes Fireworks Celebration (June 30). Scheduled for Cupola Park in Millsboro, this second annual event kicks off the 2018 Independence Day celebrations in the coastal region. 

Food trucks, musical entertainment and other fun activities are planned beginning at 6 p.m., with the fireworks beginning at approximately 9 p.m. This is a free event, with a rain date scheduled for Sunday, July 1.

Visit www.millsborochamber for more information.

Rehoboth Beach Fireworks (July 1). This is always one of the most popular events of the summer in the "Nation's Summer Capital," are there are many ways to watch the show, both from land and from sea (see fireworks cruise entry below).

The 2018 fireworks show is scheduled for this Sunday, July 1, beginning at approximately 9:15 p.m. In addition to the main show, there will also be live entertainment at the Rehoboth Beach Bandstand before and after the fireworks.

For more information, visit www.cityofrehoboth.com.

Delaware Online Photo

Rehoboth Fireworks Cruise (July 1). For a unique way to view the Rehoboth Beach fireworks this year, consider taking a cruise on the Cape May-Lewes Ferry.

There will be live entertainment on board, provided by the popular Glass Onion, and food and beverages will be available for purchase from the Lido Bar.

This event sold out during it's inaugural year in 2017, so check first to make sure tickets are still available before driving to the ferry terminal. Tickets are $35 for adults and $20 for children under the age of 12.

The ship will depart the ferry terminal at 7:15 p.m. and will return at 11 p.m.

Click HERE or call 1-800-643-3779 for more information.

Cape Gazette Photo

Lewes Doo-Dah Parade (July 4). It may be held on the 4th of July, but the Doo Dah Parade in Lewes is anything but your average Independence Day procession through the “First Town in the First State.” 

Of significance, the parade has no official starting time so, as officials like to say, it never starts late. Organizers also urge residents to “bring your own fun spirit and kazoo or bicycle or wagon or yo-yo or hula-hoop or anything else that is family fun-oriented.” 

In short, just come out and have a good time! You never know what you might see at this fun annual event, so why not come out and have a look. 

The parade route starts on Manila Avenue and winds along Kings Highway, Savannah Road, Second Street, Market Street and Third Street. It will start sometime around 5 p.m., so be early and be flexible.

Cape Gazette Photo

Bethany Beach Independence Day Celebration (July 4). The festivities in Bethany Beach begin at noon, with one of the area’s best holiday parades, which includes red, white and blue adorned floats and lots of local children riding decorated bicycles. 

Bands this year include a bagpipe band from Clayton, the 287th National Guard Army Band, the Back Bay Strummers, the Downtown Dixieland Band and the German Oompah Band.

There will also be activities throughout the day, including Love Seed Mama Jump live at the Bandstand at 7:30 p.m. The day concludes with fireworks at dusk.

Visit www.townofbethanybeach.com for more information.

Dewey Beach Fireworks (July 4). Planned for approximately 9 p.m., the fireworks in Dewey Beach will be fired off from a barge in Rehoboth Bay and be visible from any bayside bar or restaurant in the resort.

Organizers stress that this is a "walk to" event and there will be no parking available, so plan accordingly.

Delaware Online Photo

Laurel Fourth of July Celebration (July 4). This year’s parade through town will begin at 7 p.m., with the Little Miss Independence pageant and cornhole tournament both starting an hour prior at 6 p.m.. 

There will also be a petting zoo, food vendors and live music throughout the day.  

What has traditionally been one of the area's largest fireworks displays will begin at dusk.

Lewes Celebrates the Fourth of July (July 4). In addition to the Doo-Dah Parade mentioned above, the city of Lewes has a number of other activities planned for Independence Day 2018.

The day kicks off with the city's long tradition of hosting old-fashioned children's games on Second Street, beginning at 9 a.m.

This is followed by one of the region's most unique holiday events - the Lewes Independence Day Boat Parade. This fun and festive "parade" winds its way down the Lewes-Rehoboth Canal, from Roosevelt Inlet to Fisherman's Wharf and is always a fun holiday treat.

The day will conclude with fireworks being shot off from a barge off Lewes Beach at dusk.

For more information on Fourth of July festivities in Lewes, visit the city's website.

Cape Gazette Photo

Ocean City July 4th Events (July 4). Nearby Ocean City will actually be hosting two separate events, one downtown on the beach and another uptown at Northside Park.

Both events begin at 8 p.m., with Mike Hines and the Look performing on the beach and The Reagan Years performing at Northside Park.

Fireworks begin at 9:30 p.m. at both locations.

Call 800-626-2326 or 410-250-0125 for more information.

Whatever you decide to do for Independence Day 2018 here in the coastal region, we hope you have a fantastic time at the beach.

And be sure to check back here next week in our “Weekender Blog” for more great happenings in and near coastal Delaware.

Have a great holiday everyone!