Let’s Doo-Dah in Lewes on the Fourth

Annual Independence Day hometown parade is among the largest ever
July 5, 2023

The Doo-Dah Parade on the Fourth of July is a Lewes tradition like no other. With its roots dating back to 1968, neighborhood friends Carolyn Shockley and Phyllis Hoenen came up with the idea to get family and friends to dress in red, white and blue and march in the streets of Lewes as a fun way to celebrate Independence Day.

The Shockley and Hoenen families still play a key role in coordinating and participating in the parade.

There is no registration and nobody ever knows how many people will show up at the Manila Street staging area. This year, that staging area stretched far down Savannah Road, as one of the largest parades in recent memory.

Attracting large crowds along Kings Highway and Savannah Road, many people use the event as part of their annual Fourth of July party activities.


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