Seaford, Delaware is a small town of about 7,000, situated on the banks of the Nanticoke River in southwest Delaware. A 45 minute drive east will take you to the beach communities of the Atlantic Ocean. Residents of the Delmarva peninsula and beach tourists merge on Seaford for the summer celebrations.
Heritage Weekend is held on Memorial weekend in May. This spring time 2-day annual event is on the ground of the Ross Mansion, which was built in 1859 (click here for a map to Ross Mansion). You can tour the mansion to see how life was during the Civil War era. The grounds of Ross Mansion include slave quarters. You can watch a blacksmith performing his trade. Dressed in 1850’s garb, women are seen outdoors making soap and quilting. Crafts and food vendors give you the option of buying something to take with you. Probably the best part of Heritage Weekend is the Civil War skirmish occurring on the back acreage. Solders dressed in Civil War uniforms battled one another. Guns and cannon fire (not live ammunition) and you can see the smoke and hear the shots fire as soldiers fall to their death. For calendar of events, check the Seaford Chamber of Commerce website here.
An annual summer event in downtown Seaford, the Nanticoke Riverfest celebrates life along the Nanticoke River. The float-in on inner tubes is what prompted the first Riverfest back in 1993. The three-day event is filled with activities for all ages including kids’ rides, fishing contests, crafts and arts vendors, lots and lots of food (don’t miss the fire hall’s booth for the best fried chicken ever!), tractor pull (adults riding youth sized pedal tractors with heavy weights attached), antique car displays, live concerts for dancing in the streets, talent contest, and more. Click here for details about the Seaford Nanticoke Riverfest and here for a map to downtown Seaford, Delaware.
Eastern Shore AFRAM Festival
Open to all, the annual August AFRAM Festival celebrates and honors African-American heritage. Held in Nutter Park, the 2-day celebration starts with a parade. You will enjoy ethnic food, talent content, cultural displays, dancers, Little Mr. & Miss AFRAM pageant, entertainment, and lots of other activities. The park is located between Chandler Street and Route 20/Norman Eskridge Hwy; click here for a map. For more information about the AFRAM Festival in Seaford, Delaware, click here.
Caroling in the Park
Located across from city hall, downtown Seaford’s Gateway Park is the site for the annual Caroling in the Park. Starting at 7pm on the Monday after Thanksgiving, an emcee will lead the crowd in Christmas songs. Free hot chocolate and candy canes are available to all. The 24 foot tall Christmas tree in the center of the park is lit to the cheers of the crowd. Santa arrives near the end of the one hour event, an appearance loved by young and old. Click here for a map to the park.
Seaford’s annual nighttime Christmas parade occurs on the first Friday in December. For those of us watching from street-side, a chair and blanket are a must. The parade starts in the residential portion of Pennsylvania Avenue and marches downtown toward the judges’ stand (click here for a map of downtown Seaford ). Expect it to be cold and maybe even snow! The Seaford Christmas Parade is the largest Christmas parade on the peninsula. You will see Christmas-themed floats, lots of bands, decorated fire trucks, super huge farm tractors, and get free candy from the parade participants. The parade ends with Santa and Mrs. Claus riding in a horse drawn sleigh. Click here for details about the Seaford Christmas Parade.