GLEN ROCK, NJ - It was still July 4 in Glen Rock as people masked-up and lined Rock Road seemingly eager to feel some normalcy after COVID-19 spoiled their spring, but maybe not their summer.
While it was muted, the message was clear at the annual Independence Day parade that brought out crowds eager to don their red, white and blue and honor their country during this 2020 year of COVID-19.
The Glen Rock Fire Department blasted their horns to the smiles of the families that lined Rock Road from train station to train station to see a 50-minute parade, which would have been at least doubled during a non-pandemic year. The Independence Day Association, an all volunteer committee, sponsors and organizes the parade annually.
Police monitored the street along the parade route. Supporters of Arati Kreibich for Congress knelt below the fire department ladder truck that prominently displayed the American Flag which was visible for blocks--north, south, east and west.
Incumbent Congressman Josh Gottheimer marched, as well, waving and talking to people on the route. His parade contingency did not kneel at the corner of Glen Avenue and Rock Road under the Flag.
Kreibich, a Glen Rock councilwoman, is competing in the July 7 primary against Gottheimer for the Democratic spot on the fall ticket in New Jersey's fifth district. Kreibich supporters cheered "Arati, Arati, Arati" as Gottheimer neared the intersection of Glen Avenue and Rock Road.
As Glen Rock Police chatted with residents, individuals with Black Lives Matter signs knelt at the corner of Glen Avenue and Rock Road across from Starbucks for an extended period of time.