FLORHAM PARK, N.J- "Tomorrow the planning begins for this day next year," Florham Park Mayor Mark Taylor closed the tradtional opening ceremony of the 62 annual Fourth of July parade reminding guests that the parade is on the minds of the Borough Council all year long.
The Florham Park Volunteer Fire Department started the Fourth of the July tradition 62 years ago, starting off each one with a ceremony at the fire house honoring fallen servants. This year Chief Scott Carpenter remebered Robert Vrabik, who passed away tragically after a skiing accident earlier this year. His brick was added to the memorial pavillion.
Mayor Taylor thanked the parade committee for their tireless work and mentioned the theme for this parade was the marking 100 years of the American Legion. He offered gratitude to all veterans and mentioned Florham Park's 43 post. Mayor Taylor also thanked the Fire Department, the Police and Honor Guard and the Emergency Medical Service team. " I am proud to be an American and a resident of this great town," he added.
The paraded started at the corner of Ridgedale Avenue and Brooklake Road. First responders from supporting towns included, Madison, Livingston, Roseland, East Hanover, Mt. Tabor, Parsippany, and Lake Parsippany.
The Essex Shillelagh Pipes and Drums are a staple at the parade along with replicas of the Little Red School House and the Statue of Liberty. Local and Community organizations, including the Colonial Musketeers filled the streets and tossed the candy to happy parade goers of all ages. Of course no celebration is complete anywhere in Morris County without Sheriff Gannon at the helm.
Back at Borough Hall where the parade completed, a family picnic with games food and friends and families from all over New Jerey gathered in reunion fashion. The day ended with a fabulous fire works display.