NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ -  New Providence has a long standing tradition of honoring our nation's independence. Thanks to photographs shared by the New Providence Historic Society, the heritage can be seen as early as 1911 at the Independence Day Parade on Springfield Avenue.

Pictured are Mary Baldwin and Dr. Dayton Baldwin riding down Springfield Avenue in a horse drawn wagon heading towards the center of downtown New Providence.

America celebrates July 4 as Independence Day because it was on July 4, 1776, that members of the Second Continental Congress, which met in Philadelphia, adopted the final draft of the Declaration of Independence. From 1776 to the present day, July 4th has been celebrated as the birth of American independence, with festivities ranging from fireworks, parades and concerts to more casual family gatherings and barbecues

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Join in the celebration and fun as New Providence keeps with the long standing tradition of honoring our nation's independence. The celebration starts at 7 p.m. Monday, July 3 on South Street between Gales Drive and Springfield Avenue with Club Souren and dance contests and chalk drawing, Zita's Ice Cream and giveaways before the fireworks extravaganza at 9:30 p.m.

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