Celebrating 40 Years

Krista Connor

Krista Connor

, Community

July 2 brings free entertainment, food trucks, a beer garden and more, in honor of Bellevue State Park’s anniversary

On Sunday, July 2, Bellevue State Park celebrates its 40th anniversary with a full day of entertainment and fun, an entirely free event except for food and drinks.

Wilma Yu, president of Friends of Bellevue State Park, the volunteer group organizing the event, says hundreds of hours have already gone into making the day possible—and free—for guests. The Friends Group has even convinced the Delaware Division of Parks and Recreation to waive the standard entrance fee for that day.

“We want the community to come to Bellevue that day,” says Yu.

After the 85-member Chester County Concert Band kicks off the celebration with a 12-1 p.m. concert, the day will be filled with food trucks, face painting, a scavenger hunt, and vendors.

Representatives from the Brandywine Zoo, Tri-State Bird Rescue, local bicycle outfitters and groups like the Wilmington Trail Club, disc golf and tennis professionals and more will be available to chat and perform demonstrations. These strategically selected representatives offer examples of activities available at the park on any given day: walking, jogging and cycling are popular activities any time of the year, and tennis and disc golf are other recreation options at Bellevue.

Guests will be invited to tour Bellevue Hall mansion, which is usually closed or accessible only for private events. The mansion commands a view of the historic estate, and its present form reflects alterations made by William du Pont, Jr., who surrounded his home with the finest facilities, including tennis courts, equestrian stables, gardens, and a picturesque pond, amid woodlands and fields overlooking the Delaware River.

By evening, local party band Kategory 5 will take the stage, and a beer garden will be open. After dusk, guests can explore the night sky with professional astronomers who will provide guided walking tours through meadows while identifying the constellations with telescopes.

The event is made possible by volunteers—even members of 99.5 WJBR radio station are donating their time to cover the celebration. A 50/50 raffle will take place strictly to pay for some of the event’s expenses. For more information, visit destateparks.com/park/Bellevue.

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