CHATHAM, NJ – Maureen Pridham was in a rush. The St. Patrick’s kindergarten teacher had to get her chairs onto a shady spot on main street for the annual Fourth of July Parade set for Thursday, July 4 in Chatham.

“I’m late this year,” said Pridham, who lives in Florham Park. “If you want a spot in the shade, you have to get here by noon.”

The parade, which will be held, rain or shine, starts at 10:30 a.m. at Hillside Avenue and Main Street and ends at the Chatham Middle School.

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Deane W. Elmblad, a 50-year member of the Chatham Fire Department and a retired fire official, will be the parade grand marshal. Elmblad will lead a contingent that includes 10 bands and nine fire departments.

The fireworks display will be held at the Chatham Middle School. The gates open at 7 p.m. and the fireworks will commence at 9:15 p.m. or dusk. The Willie Lynch Band will provide the pre-fireworks entertainment.