CHATHAM, NJ - Parade goers are staking out shady spots on Main Street for the 63rd annual Fourth of July Parade presented by the Chatham Borough Volunteer Fire Department, set to start 10:30  a.m. Tuesday.

The tradition of saving a spot with a chair or blanket on the Main Street route is alive and well. The parade starts at North Hillside Avenue and continues on Main Street to the Chatham Middle School.

Longtime Chatham resident Jeff Davis, 44-year owner of Specialized Auto Craft, will serve as the Grand Marshal for the parade.

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Parade day will begin with the flag raising and fire department inspection at 9:15 a.m. at the Chatham Borough Firehouse with the parade procession starting promptly thereafter. This year’s 60-plus unit parade features 10 bands, nine fire departments, and numerous community organizations.

The Fourth of July Parade will take place, rain or shine, but the rain date for the fireworks only will be July 5 at the same time (9:30 p.m. or dark).

Fireworks Display & Entertainment

This year’s fireworks will take place at the Chatham Middle School Field. The field is located at 480 Main Street in Chatham Borough and the fireworks will begin around 9:30 p.m. or dark.

However, the gates will open at 7 p.m. and the public is invited to enjoy some musical entertainment prior to the fireworks. South Jersey’s premier vintage rock and soul band- The Bob Campanell Band - will be traveling straight from the south Jersey Shore to perform for the second Fourth of July in a row. After the performance, the 2017 fireworks will be set off by World Champion Santore Brothers of Garden State Fireworks of Millington.