CHATHAM, NJ - Chatham residents found ways to beat the oppressive heat on Wednesday when the 64th annual Fourth of July Parade was held on Main Street.
Squirt guns, fans, umbrellas and fire hoses all came in handy as Chatham turned out for the Independence Day celebration, which began at 9:15 a.m. with a flag-raising ceremony at the Chatham Fire House and concluded more than 12 hours later with the fireworks display (see video below) at the Chatham Middle School.
Boy Scout Troop 8 raised the American Flag at the firehouse and led the Pledge of Allegiance before Chatham Borough Mayor Bruce Harris made his remarks before he and the borough council "inspected" the fire department members.
Chatham Borough Fire Chief Doug Allan introduced Parade Grand Marshal Charlie Salin, a 45-year member of the fire department.
The Chatham Fire Department held its post-parade picnic at the middle school, where commemorative mugs were sold and hot dogs were offered to those who gathered.
In the evening, the Bob Campanell band provided the entertainment for the third straight year. Chatham's own Liam Driscoll sang God Bless America and the Star-Spangled Banner. The World Champion Santore Brothers of Garden State Fireworks then set of 8,420 shells in its fireworks display to cap the day.
The parade featured a number of bands playing patriotic songs in videos below