The beloved Hockessin 4th of July parade brought smiles to crowds lining the suburb’s tree-lined streets again this year, with gleaming fire trucks, creative floats, swanky chrome-plated cars and – of course – plenty of politicians marching the route across the Yorklyn Road finish line.
But the 28-year tradition nearly didn’t happen this year; when the event’s longtime manager retired it wasn’t clear that anyone would step up to lead the extensive planning that goes into pulling off one of the state’s most iconic rites of summer.
Fortunately, longtime special event maestro Barry Schlecker and Barry’s Events took the helm of planning this year’s parade, turning it into a festival with activities for kids and about half a dozen food and ice cream trucks as well as a beer and wine garden in the large open area near the Casual Marketplace.
The community enjoyed another red, white and blue day under hot, sunny Hockessin skies. The way it should be!