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Chatham Beats the Heat During 64th Annual Fourth of July Parade on Wednesday

Chatham came decked out in their patriot wear, l to r, Ethan Sherman, 5; Ava Sherman, 1, and 2-year-old Mia Sherman
The Cantillon family, l to r: Lyla, 3, holding her ears because of a boom, Ava (11), Maddie (10), Sierra (6) and their grandmother Jan Robarge Credits: TAP Chatham
Grand Marshal Charlie Salin on the ride provided by Chatham's Specialized Auto Craft Credits: TAP Chatham
Former Chatham mayors join the parade Credits: TAP Chatham
Chatham Borough Fire Department members march in the parade Credits: TAP Chatham
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The Chatham Emergency Squad Credits: TAP Chatham
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The Chatham Sparks softball players Credits: TAP Chatham
Chatham residents find the shade along the parade route Credits: TAP Chatham
Chatham Girl Scouts Credits: TAP Chatham
Parade goers got a chance to touch this horse along the route Credits: TAP Chatham
Chatham Township Historical Society Credits: TAP Chatham
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Chatham baseball Credits: TAP Chatham
Saint Patrick School float Credits: TAP Chatham
The Colony Pool Club Credits: TAP Chatham
Chatham Boy Scouts Credits: TAP Chatham
Chatham Republicans Credits: TAP Chatham
Chatham Township Committee member Tayfun Selen waves American Flag Credits: TAP Chatham
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Kiwanis Club of the Chathams float Credits: TAP Chatham
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Chatham Democrats Credits: TAP Chatham
Chatham Borough Council member Thad Kobylarz waves to the crowd Credits: TAP Chatham
Weichert Realtors are closing in on 50 years of selling real estate in Chatham Credits: TAP Chatham
Chatham ice hockey Credits: TAP Chatham
Chatham Fish & Game Credits: TAP Chatham
The Great Reunion for Chatham Graduates is coming in 2019 Credits: TAP Chatham
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Skip Conlan drives the Independent Hose Company truck Credits: TAP Chatham

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.

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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


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