CHATHAM, NJ - The overcast skies threatened to rain on Chatham's Fourth of July on Saturday but just as the "Alternate Route" Parade began, the sun came out as if on cue.

In a sign of patriotic and community spirit, Chatham residents lined borough streets for the revised Independence Day tradition as police, firefighters, EMT and frontline workers weaved their way through town with three separate drive-by parades that covered nearly every street.

The idea for the revised parade was spawned by a letter from 7th Grader Emma Zapata to Chatham Borough Mayor Thaddeus Kobylarz.

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Two of the three drive-by parades pass each other on Main Street

The parade honoring first responders and health care workers zig-zagged the streets of Chatham Borough, including Hedges Avenue below.