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Georgetown Traffic Restrictions for 'Return Day' Activities

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Photo: Sussex County Return Day website Photo: Sussex County Return Day website
GEORGETOWN, Del. - Drivers should be aware of some road closures coming up in Georgetown. The Delaware Department of Transportation and the Town of Georgetown are reminding motorists that The Circle in downtown Georgetown will be closed to traffic around 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 5 for Sussex County Return Day.

Return Day commemorates the day the county seat was moved from Lewes to Georgetown. According to the event's website, the date of the first Return Day in Georgetown is uncertain. It could have been as early as 1792. The website states, the State Law in 1791 removed the county seat from Lewes along the coast to the more geographically centered site, later named Georgetown. That required all votes to be cast ni the new county seat on election day. The website states, the same voters would "return" two days later to hear the results, which is how they got the name "Return Day."

This year, the Town of Georgetown says Return Day activities are set for Nov. 5 and 6.

DelDOT said motorists should plan their routes accordingly, since the closure of The Circle will affect through traffic on East Market, West Market, North Bedford and South Bedford streets.

DelDOT said there will also be a brief closure of Arrow Safety Road and West Market Street at Route 113 for the parade starting around 10 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 6, and it will reopen at the conclusion of the parade.

DelDOT says traffic is expected to be heavy in the early morning hours as parade participants and attendees make their way to The Circle in Georgetown. All roads should reopen to traffic by 8 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 6.

Residents with questions may contact Town Hall at (302) 856-7391.
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