MILLBURN, NJ — For more than 70 years, the Millburn/Short Hills Fourth of July Committee has brought family festivities and fireworks to the residents and community of Millburn Township.
The celebration honoring the birth of America has traditionally been celebrated in Millburn with a morning flag raising ceremony, followed by a "trike bike" parade, softball games and capped off in the evening with carnival-style festivities and a fireworks display.
While the COVID-19 pandemic has limited the scope and scale of any festivities the committee can hold, the group is still planning to bring the spirit of the holiday to residents, as previously reported, via a series of simultaneous mini parades around town.
In looking to provide information from the follow-up questions residents have about this year's festivities, the Millburn/Short Hills Fourth of July Committee answered FAQs about the modified ceremony, which can be found below:
Q: Is it one parade?
A: No, the festivities this year are comprised of 4 mini-neighborhood parades.
Q: What time do the parades start?
A: The parades all start at the same time, 8:45 pm.
Q: What time will the parade go past my house?
A: Please review the parade routes on the Committee website and Facebook for the best guestimate about when they will arrive near you. We anticipate that the parade vehicles will be driving at approximately 10-15 miles per hour. It is best to be outside starting at 8:45 pm and just enjoy the giveaways provided by local businesses while you wait for the parades to pass your home.
Q: Why are the parades starting so late?
A: For over 6 decades, the MSH July 4th Committee has organized a fireworks display celebrating our country's independence. This year, it is not socially responsible to engage in mass gatherings. However, we still wanted to do something to light the night red, white and blue. In order to do so, the parades had to be in the evening. However, they are very short parades and thus should not be a large imposition on young children who may be asleep.
Q: What are the numbers on the parade routes?
A: The numbers on the parade routes are mile markers.
Q: Where do the parades start?
A: For the South Mountain and Wyoming section parades, the routes start at the elementary schools. The other parades start at the green marker on the parade route maps.