With the bounty of red, white and blue adorning The Circle in Georgetown, the throngs of traffic heading to the beaches and all of the excitement wafting through the air, it can only mean one thing.

Summer has arrived in coastal Delaware!

Yes, it’s finally Memorial Day Weekend at the Delaware beaches and that means the beginning of the Summer of 2016. This is always an exciting time of year, as the anticipation that’s been building for weeks and months is finally over and the summer season in coastal Delaware can finally begin.

As festivals go, Memorial Day Weekend is not exactly the busiest time of the year. But these next few days are all about the beaches coming back to life for another great season of fun in the sun in coastal Delaware.

There’s so much to do this time of year at the Delaware beaches, but the actual height of the festival season won’t come until several weeks down the road. That being said, there are a few annual events on tap for this weekend, both here in coastal Delaware and just across the state line in Ocean City, Md.

We also encourage you to check out the Freeman Stage, which has an abundance of quality entertainment scheduled for the season. And keep up to date with all that’s going on in the area, not only here at theoldfathergroup.com, but also with your local chambers of commerce and/or visitor’s bureaus.

For this holiday weekend, get out and enjoy your favorite local restaurant. Take the kids to FunLand or to the water park. Settle in and listen to your favorite band, or enjoy the laser show in Ocean City.

And don’t forget to remember our veterans and military personal on Monday, especially those who have made the ultimate sacrifice so we can enjoy life here in the United States, including the holiday weekend we're about to enjoy. Memorial Day is about much more than a three-day weekend, which we should always keep in mind when enjoying the extra time off from work.

In the spirit of Memorial Day, we ask that you please take a couple of minutes to watch this great commentary by the late Andy Rooney, which he recorded in 2010.

Whatever you choose to do this holiday weekend, kick off the Summer of 2016 in style and have a great time, but also remember the true meaning of Memorial Day.

While here this weekend, if you want to work in a festival or a fun annual event into your schedule, we have some good choices for you here in this week’s “Weekender Blog,” as always brought to you by the Oldfather Group of Ocean Atlantic Sotheby’s International Realty.

Here are some to consider over the next few days:

Horseshoe Crab & Shorebird Festival (May 28). This 13th annual festival is scheduled for Milton Memorial Park and celebrates horseshoe crabs and migrating shorebirds, two mainstays of coastal Delaware’s animal world. Activities at this fun yearly festival include boat rides down the Broadkill River, canoe trips on Prime Hook Creek, a scavenger hunt, music, food, exhibits, train rides for the kids and trail walks at Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge. For more information on the 2016 Horseshoe Crab & Shorebird Festival, visit www.historicmilton.com.

Maritime Festival (May 28). From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, the Zwaanendael Museum in Lewes will play host to the 5th Annual Zwaanendael Maritime Festival. Located at 102 Kings Highway in the “First Town in the First State,” this fun and educational event includes maritime-themed activities, games, displays by local organizations and more. For more information, call the museum at 302-645-1148.

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Dolphin Watch (May 29). Scheduled for 9:30 a.m. and held at the Seaside Nature Center on the grounds of Cape Henlopen State Park, this family friendly event costs $2 a person and includes a discussion of bottlenose dolphins, why they return to coastal Delaware every spring and a guided search from shore. For ages 5 an up. Call 302-645-6852 for more information.

OC Beach Lights Special Show (May 28). OC Beach Lights is a weekly happening at the North Division Street beach in Ocean City, but this Saturday evening marks a special patriotic show just for Memorial Day Weekend. This show includes lasers, lights, fireworks, music, special effects and more, with three shows scheduled at 9:30, 10:00 and 10:30 p.m. Visit www.ocbeachlights.com or call 800-626-2326 for more information.


Here are a couple of patriotic events planned for Memorial Day 2016 in coastal Delaware:

Sussex County Memorial Day Service (May 29). Jointly sponsored by the Georgetown Kiwanis Club, the Georgetown-Millsboro Rotary Club and the Korean War Veterans Association, this event begins at 1:30 p.m., on The Circle in Georgetown. The keynote speech will be given by retired U.S. Air Force Col. Richard Harper.

Lewes Memorial Day Parade (May 30). Sponsored by American Legion Post 17 and the City of Lewes, the parade begins at Lewes Presbyterian Church on Franklin Avenue at 11 a.m., and ends at Post 17 on Legion Road in Lewes. The Ladies Auxiliary will also be selling cupcakes and promoting poppies from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Happy Memorial Day to all! Have a great weekend here in coastal Delaware everyone and please join us here again next week for the first "Weekender Blog" of June.

Until next week...