MILLTOWN, NJ - Fourth of July 2020 will go down in history for a lot of reasons connected to the coronavirus pandemic. It is the first July 4 that Milltown will not hold its usual array of Independence Day activities highlighted by the Firecracker 5K, the annual parade and of course the fireworks celebrations at Borough Park. In its place, the Milltown Fourth of July Committee has a full agenda of Fourth of July fun beginning at 9 a.m. with a flag raising by Milltown Boy Scout Troop 33, the singing of the National Anthem by Rosie Monaghan and a July 4 welcome address by Milltown Mayor Trina Mehr.

Residents can watch this and other Fourth of July events on Saturday on the borough's YouTube channel. There will also be a Facebook live feed on the committee's Facebook page. The full schedule includes:

  • 9 a.m. - Virtual flag raising by Milltown Boy Scout Troop 33, the singing of the National Anthem by Rosie Monaghan and a July 4 welcome address by Milltown Mayor Trina Mehr.
  • 10 a.m. - Virtual concert by Highland Park's popular kid musician mr. Ray.
  • 11 a.m. Virtual concert by the Milltown Marching Band.
  • Noon through 3 p.m. - Residents can watch Uncle Sam travel around Milltown courtesy of the Milltown Fire Department and Milltown Rescue Squad. Uncle Sam will be visiting the borough's homes and businesses dressed up in red, white and blue.
  • 9 p.m. Light up the Sky - Residents are asked to hold flashlights up to the sky when they hear the fire whistle and bang pots and pans for two minutes until a second fire whistle sounds. Then, Milltown is asked to keep their eyes in the skies for a July 4 surprise.

The Milltown Fourth of July Committee will announce the winners of the borough's first-ever Patriotic Pizza Pie contest. Residents should also be on the lookout for a couple of surprises on July 4. For a complete rundown of Saturday's events watch Milltown Fourth of July Committee member Russ Einbinder's YouTube video.