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Chatham Turns Out for 63rd Annual Fourth of July Parade

Chatham art teacher Janet Kraemer, who has taught in the district for 50 years, marches with the "Head Show" students and their heads, a program she started in 1972 Credits: TAP Chatham
Credits: TAP Chatham
Credits: TAP Chatham
Credits: TAP Chatham
Chatham Fourth of July Parade Grand Marshal Jeff Davis with his wife, Debbie, and grandson, Jeffrey Credits: TAP Chatham
Chatham Borough Mayor Bruce Harris and council members Gerald Helfrich, Jim Lonergan, Vicki Fife, Jim Collander and Len Resto Credits: TAP Chatham
Chatham Borough firefighters Steve Smiley and Sean Smiley Credits: TAP Chatham
St. Patrick School students and float Credits: TAP Chatham
Credits: TAP Chatham
This "Funny Car" was revved up at the Chatham Middle School after the parade Credits: TAP Chatham
Credits: TAP Chatham
Susan Allen with the float honoring the Lenape tribe by the Chatham Borough Historical Society Credits: TAP Chatham
Credits: TAP Chatham
Chatham Township Historical Society Credits: TAP Chatham
Credits: TAP Chatham
Credits: TAP Chatham
Credits: TAP Chatham
Chatham's Joe Basralian marches with the Boy Scouts Credits: TAP Chatham
Credits: TAP Chatham
Credits: TAP Chatham
Tracy Ness, Democratic candidate for Chatham Township Committee Credits: TAP Chatham
Stacey Ewald, Democratic candidate for Chatham Township Committee Credits: TAP Chatham
Morris County Freeholder candidate Rozella Clyde of Chatham Credits: TAP Chatham
Chatham students marched in the parade to celebrate 45 years of the "Head Show" run by Chatham art teacher Janet Kraemer Credits: TAP Chatham
Chatham students marched in the parade to celebrate 45 years of the "Head Show" run by Chatham art teacher Janet Kraemer Credits: TAP Chatham
Credits: TAP Chatham
Chatham Kiwanis float Credits: TAP Chatham
Credits: TAP Chatham
Chatham Township Deputy Mayor Karen Swartz and committee member Mike Kelly lead the Chatham Township Republicans Credits: TAP Chatham
Chatham Township Deputy Mayor Karen Swartz Credits: TAP Chatham
Credits: TAP Chatham
Credits: TAP Chatham
Credits: TAP Chatham
Some of the classic cars to participate in the parade Credits: TAP Chatham
Chatham's Independent Hose Company put out fires along the parade route Credits: TAP Chatham
The after-parade picnic presented by the Chatham Borough Fire Department at the Chatham Middle School Credits: TAP Chatham
Credits: TAP Chatham

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.

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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


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