CHATHAM, NJ - Chatham residents and visitors lined Main Street for the 63rd Fourth of July Parade to celebrate Independence Day on Tuesday.
Bands marched and provided music along the parade route, which began at Hillside Avenue and concluded at the Chatham Middle School, where the Chatham Borough Fire Department offered a post-parade picnic featuring tap beer, soda and hot dogs.
The parade also celebrated 45 years of the "Head Show," originated by Chatham art teacher Janet Kraemer in 1972. Kraemer has been a teacher in the Chatham district for 50 years and her past students came out to march with the paper machet heads that have become of staple of the Chatham school experience.
The Independent Hose Company did its thing, starting fires and putting them out along the parade route and splashing a little water, too.
Chatham's Independent Hose Company put out fires along the parade route