FLORHAM PARK, NJ- On Tuesday, July 4th Florham Park was “the place to be at” for the Fourth of July. From the parade to all of the activities for the kids to a Social Garden for the adults, as Mayor Taylor said, “This is a day to have fun!”
However, this day was also about remembering those who have fallen in the line of duty and congratulating those who have shown leadership and dedication to the town and its community.
The day started at the Florham Park Fire Department with the Memorial Wall Dedication. As chief of the fire department and councilmen, Scott Carpenter said, “On the Fourth of July it is the fire department’s tradition to honor those members of our organization who answered their final alarm.”
Unfortunately, within the last year, six members of the fire department have passed on. To honor those six men, their names were placed on the memoriam wall. Also, their families were presented with a bouquet of roses and a plaque with their name on it from the wall. It was a beautiful, but emotional ceremony.
They ended it by ringing the bell outside the fire department. Carpenter stated, “Throughout history, the lives of firefighters have been closely associated with the ringing of bells…And now, our brothers, having completed their final tasks, their duties well done are now honored by a final ringing of the bell in tribute to their lives and service to the Florham Park Volunteer Fire Department.”
From there the parade began on Ridgedale Ave and ended (after turning down a couple of streets) on Ridgedale Ave at the Municipal Buildings. Those that participated in the parade, including the girl scouts, boy scouts, bagpipe bands, and so much more, had a nice walk. Fire trucks from neighboring towns like East Hanover and Livingston were there, as well.
Again, it all ended at the Municipal Buildings where they not only had volunteers cooking up burgers and hot dogs for everyone, but also had food trucks like the Empanada Guy, Oink & Moo, and Pizza Vita serving up some great food. They also had bounce houses, a water slide, a trackless train, and other fun activities for the kids.
The festivities ended with Mayor Taylor re-dedicating the main municipal building, now calling it the Ralph A. Loveys Municipal Complex. Ralph Loveys was the former Mayor of Florham Park and a great friend and mentor to current Mayor, Mark Taylor. Mayor Taylor spoke highly of Former Mayor Loveys, stating, “Ralph was Florham Park, he embodied the spirit of volunteerism and he lived every day to help this great town grow and prosper.”
Mayor Taylor also presented the Lou Boyd and Fred Stobaeus awards to winners Ava Gallo and Michael Lagravenis, respectively. Lastly, Joe Guerin, General Chairman for the Fourth of July celebrations, presented the “Outstanding Service Award” to Rocco and Joan Scanniello who, for the past thirty years, have made what the parade is today. They were the Honorary Grand Marshalls for the parade, as well.