FLORHAM PARK, NJ- Early in the day on Wednesday July 4 the Florham Park fire department, past and present, along with Mayor Mark Taylor and the Borough Council gathered at the memorial walk to honor those who have answered their last call. The flag flew at half mast, while the families of William Kyle, Charles Sedlack, Warren Kilby Jr., and Frank Hartwell were presented with flowers and the brick bearing their family member's name. This is the tradition that begins the Fourth of July celebration in the borough.
Before that happened Mayor Taylor thanked first responders, historical society members, the council and the community for coming out and issued a proclamation honoring June Flynn, who turned 100 last month. Flynn has resided in Florham Park for over 60 years and was surrounded by four generations of family and friends. A perfect beginning to the festivities that have taken place in Florham Park for 61 years, one of the longest running Fourth celebration in New Jersey.
"I love my town," Mayor Taylor said as he finished the ceremony at the fire department and headed to the parade route.
The traditional parade route began at the corner of Ridgedale Avenue and Brooklake Road and finished at Borough Hall. First responders from neighboring East Hanover, Madison, Parsippany, Lake Parsippany, Livingston, Roseland, and Mt. Tabor joined Florham Park first responders, Jaycees, D. A.R.E., the scouts, and several marching bands to borough park where refreshments, games and inflatable water slides were ready to go. The social garden opened at three pm and fireworks began just after 8:30 p.m. Another July 4th celebration is in the books, not without many smiling faces.
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