By Lauren LiBetti 2:15pm, July 4, 2013 - Updated 7:03pm, July 4, 2013
WDEL's Lauren LiBetti has the story.The annual Smyrna-Clayton Fourth of July celebration kicks off with many festivities, including a parade, carnival, and fireworks show.
The parade is Clayton resident Laura Wilkerson's favorite part. She says it helps honor those who have sacrificed for our freedom, including firefighters and police officers.
"It gives an opportunity for the community to come out and give their appreciation for what they do," says Wilkerson.
With hundreds of people in attendance, Mary Everhart sold raffle tickets at the carnival, hoping to spread awareness about a new library a local group hopes to build in town.
"There are many collections from the town's history that should be housed in a library that's a part of the town," says Everhart.
Over 100 groups participated in this year's parade. They were joined by Governor Markell.
The Smyrna-Clayton 4th of July Parade is Delaware's longest-running Fourth of July celebration.
Meantime, celebrations are underway in other cities as well. In Dover, the daylong celebration includes a bell ringing ceremony Thursday afternoon at the Old State House, followed by a parade at 6 p.m. and fireworks around 9:30 p.m.
Wilmington's 4th of July celebration begins at 4 p.m. in Tubman-Garrett Riverfront Park. Macy Gray will take the place of the Delaware Symphony Orchestra and fireworks will blast off into the sky tonight.
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