MILLTOWN, NJ - Everyone loves a parade. And what's not to adore? There's a little something for all. Music, mummers, bagpipes, fire trucks, classic cars, motorcycles and of course, candy.

Milltown residents as well as folks from surrounding towns lined the route of the borough's annual Fourth of July Parade, enjoying all the aspects parade lovers have come to expect from the "small town with a big heart."

The Milltown Fourth of July Committee spends countless hours pulling together resources, fundraising, organizing and more to assemble an Independence Day celebration that shows off the patriotic essence of their close knit community.

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The Fourth of July festivities start early with the annual Fishing Derby in Mill Pond and continue throughout the day, culminating with fireworks at Gloria Bradford Park. For many area residents, Milltown and July 4 go hand in hand.

Kids ran back and forth during the parade, which began at 10 a.m., collecting lollipops and other goodies tossed from parade participants. Some had bags to hold their sweet treats while others simply handed their haul off to mom and dad.

Many parade-goers staked their spots early, putting their chairs along the sidewalk shortly after the Firecracker Fun Run hit the street at 7:45 a.m. Others walked up and down the route in search of the ideal spot. The weather certainly cooperated for this year's July 4 parade through the streets of Milltown. Overcast skies kept the temperatures down and the raindrops stayed away, making for comfortable viewing conditions.

Milltown's Kyle Price won the Firecracker 5K. Stacy Sullivan took the crown for Most Patriotic House and Joyce Crabiel garnered the Best Apple Pie honors.