Rehoboth Beach, which -- loosely translated -- means “room for all,” earned its current name in 1891, but the locality has been an Oceanside retreat since 1873 when the boardwalk was originally built.
In 1925 - when a paved highway made it easier to reach town by car - Rehoboth began being known as “The Nation’s Summer Capital” since so many legislative officials and government workers, who wanted to escape the oppressive summer heat in D.C., would escape to the quiet beach town. Rehoboth has long been a favorite destination for visitors not only from Washington, D.C., but also from Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania and many other states and countries.
Rehoboth Beach provides year-round activities from the Miss Delaware Pageant in January; Mardi Gras celebrations in February, which sometimes feature a gumbo cook-off between local restaurants; March’s Chocolate Festival; the Jefferson School Fundraiser in April, which has showcased performers such as Joan Rivers and May brings a Plein Air Paint-Out as the month moves toward the Memorial Day holiday.
Summer is the scene for Camp Rehoboth’s LOVE dance in late-June/early-July, fireworks launched from the beach for Independence Day, the annual Sundance auction and dance and all of the festivities for the Labor Day holiday.
Come Fall, Greyhounds at the Beach, the Autumn Jazz Festival, and the Sea Witch Festival pack the month of October and the Rehoboth Beach Film Society’s annual film festival is usually scheduled prior to the long Thanksgiving weekend in November. December brings countless holiday-themed festivities throughout the region, including local parades.
Rehoboth Beach also delivers many music and entertainment events that have been available for free since 1963 at the Rehoboth Bandstand and those held at the mid-town Convention Center venue.