CHATHAM, NJ - Parade Chairman, Deputy Chief Jeffrey Fricke has formally announced the details
of this year’s Fourth of July festivities. The Chatham Fire Department Association will once again
host the annual parade and the fireworks display.
The day will begin with the flag raising and fire department inspection at 9:15 a.m. at the Borough Firehouse with the parade procession starting promptly thereafter. Beginning at 10:30 a.m. sharp, the parade will start at the intersection of Hillside Avenue and Main Street and will continue down Main Street towards Chatham Middle School.
This year’s sixty-plus unit parade features 10 bands, nine fire departments, and numerous community organizations. The Chatham Borough Police Department (CBPD) has noted that Main Street (Route 124) will be closed from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. during the parade and is now advising the public to plan alternate routes to avoid delays. The Fourth of July Parade will happen rain or shine, but the rain date for the fireworks only will be July 5th, 2018 at the same time (9:30 p.m. or dark).
2018 Parade Grand Marshal
The Parade Grand Marshal for the 2018 Fourth of July Parade will be Charles “Charlie” Salin a 45-year member and Past Chief of the Chatham Borough Fire Department
Salin moved with his family to Chatham Township in 1954 from Rehoboth, Delaware. In 1968 Salin moved to Chatham Borough after marrying Marge Kelley, daughter of long-time Fire Chief and Superintendent of Public Works, William R., Jr. and Melina Kelley. This year marks the Salin’s 50th Wedding Anniversary.
Salin joined the Chatham Borough Volunteer Fire Department in 1973, becoming a member of the Department’s Hose Company where he remained active until 2014 when he became a member of the department’s Wardens Company, today an active member. As a member of Hose Company, he served in various line officer positions including, Lieutenant and Captain. He then became a Deputy Chief of the department and served as Deputy Chief 3, 2, 1 a six-year commitment. During this time, he also served as President and Vice President of the Chatham Borough Fire Department Association, the 501 ( C ) 4 organization established to raise funds to support activities such as the Fourth of July Celebration, the Annual Fishing Derby and the Borough’s Santa Claus visit to Chatham.
In 1995 Salin became Chief of the Department and served in that capacity until 2001. During his tenure as fire chief Salin is most proud of the fact that he was able to initiate and complete the addition to the fire department, which greatly increased the size and capabilities of the building located at Fire House Plaza. He also took great pride in the fact that during his time as chief the “new style 6-man enclosed cab” fire truck was introduced, which greatly increased the safety of firefighters responding to fire calls. Salin also served as Fourth of July Chairman for seventeen years, Secretary of the Borough’s Bicentennial Committee and currently serves as the Association’s Budget Committee Chairperson and President of the Mutual Benefit Association.
Prior to retiring Salin served as the Borough’s Firefighter / Driver for seven years, responsible for conducting fire inspections and driving fire equipment to fire calls. Salin noted that association with volunteer fire fighting dates back 125 years in his family, where his Great, Grandfather served as a volunteer of the Ridley Park Pennsylvania Fire Department and was also, Sergeant of Arms for the Pennsylvania Fireman’s Relief Fund for many years.
Charlie and Marge are parents of Amy (Salin) Mullen. Amy and her husband Eugene live in Califon, New Jersey. Joining the Salin’s in the parade on Wednesday will be their two Grandchildren Maddie and Brendan Mullen.
During his time as a member of the Chatham Fire Department Charlie has seen many significant changes in the fire service, he notes almost all for the good and safety of firefighters. He also pointed out that he is very proud of the fact that the Chatham Borough Fire Department has remained an all-volunteer organization for 120 years, since organized in 1898. “It is great to see younger members join our department, including the several Junior Members that have joined recently.
Fireworks Display & Entertainment
This year’s fireworks will take place at the Chatham Middle School Field on July 4th, 2018. 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 7:00pm 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 travelling straight from the south Jersey Shore to perform for the third Fourth of July in a row. After the performance, the 2018 fireworks will be set off by World Champion Santore Brothers of Garden State Fireworks of Millington, NJ.
Chatham Borough Fire Marshal, Walter Nugent, reminds all spectators that “any types of fireworks or sparklers are illegal and strictly forbidden from the school grounds” and cautions the public that “violators will be ejected and subject to arrest.” All information ALERTS pertaining to parade or fireworks will be sent out via ALERTCHATHAMBOROUGH. To sign up, visit www.chathamborough.org