CHATHAM, NJ - Chatham Borough is planning its 300th Birthday party this summer and everyone’s invited to join the festivities.
 
The grand commemoration, set for Saturday, June 13 at Chatham’s century-old train station, coincides with Chatham’s annual Fishawack Festival and promises plenty of fascinating history, cool arts and crafts, tasty food and the chance to meet and mingle with Chatham residents past and present. 
 
 
“Commemorating Chatham’s past while celebrating Chatham’s present is an ideal opportunity 
to build community and volunteerism for the future,” Janice Piccolo, Chatham Community 
Services Director, said.

 
Piccolo is organizing the Tri-Centennial event along with the Chatham Councilwoman Victoria Fife and the borough’s new Special Events Advisory Committee. The group is planning a party for all ages, with activities that reflect everyday life in Chatham 300 years ago as well as what makes the community so vibrant today. Among the event’s anticipated highlights:
 
  • Let Them Eat Cake. Kick off the summer season by enjoying a tasty and traditional-style strawberry shortcake dessert with your family and friends, hosted by the Chatham Girl Scouts.
  •  View Chatham’s Historical Timeline & Meet Its Notables. A lot can happen in 300 years. Learn about Chatham’s colorful history through vintage photographs and by chatting with the folks who were there from the start—the Tri-Centennial’s own troupe of historical actors, dressed in period garb, who will be on hand to talk with visitors about Chatham’s history.
  • Selfie Mania. Take a selfie during Chatham’s 300th birthday event with your friends, family and co-workers, then post it on Instagram (#Chatham300Years) at the Chatham Historical Society’s directional pole. Or post your fondest “Life in Chatham” photo now.
  • Chatham “Past-port. Kids of all ages can have a special Chatham Past-port validated as they walk through Chatham’s History, then return to the Library of the Chathams booth to receive a participation prize.
  • Flex Your Muscles. The Mayor’s Wellness Committee of Chatham will be organizing a workout the old-fashioned way, with wood-stacking rallies and water bucket races!
  • Arts & Culture. The Tri-Centennial Public Art Council will be organizing a special Tri-Centennial Art Project that will include art etching and Youth Courier editors. Participating children will pen the community’s newspaper. 
Runners can also sign up for the four-mile Chatham Jaycee’s Fishawack Run, which starts at 9 
a.m.
 
Chatham’s Tri-Centennial celebration will be held at the Chatham Train Station’s South Parking Lot during the Fishawack Festival on Saturday, June 13, rain or shine.
 
Please direct all questions, plus interview and information requests to Janice Piccolo, Chatham 
Community Services Director, at (973) 635-0674, ext. 200 or jpiccolo@chathamborough.org.