MILLTOWN, NJ - At Monday's Borough Council meeting, Milltown Fourth of July Committee President David Potter provided an update on the fate of the borough's annual July 4 celebrations. Potter read a letter stating the in conjunction with Milltown Mayor Trina Mehr, the Miltown Borough Council, Milltown Police Department and the Office of Emergency Management, the decision was made to cancel the Fourth of July Parade, Firecracker 5K and Fun Run, the afternoon Borough Park festivities and the evening fireworks this summer.

The Milltown Fourth of July Committee felt the decision was made in the best interests of "the health and public safety of residents, volunteers, emergency staff, town employees, visitors and vendors." Instead, the committee will be working on a way to celebrate July 4 with smaller activities and events around town that adhere to the social distancing guidelines put forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy to help impede the spread of the coronavirus.

Milltown's Fourth of July celebration has been a borough staple since the 1920s. It began with its traditional parade and has grown over the years to include a whole host of activities including the fishing derby that kicks off the day and the evening fireworks that conclude it. The day's events and its popular parade attract thousands of people from all over the Garden State. Planning the event is a true labor of love for Potter and the other eight volunteers making up the Milltown Fourth of July Committee. Typically, the committee begins planning next year's celebration shortly after the much-anticipated summer extravaganza on July 4.

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Updates on exactly how the borough will celebrate July 4 this summer on a much smaller scale will be provided on the Milltown Fourth of July Committee's website. Residents are encouraged to check the page for announcements on how the borough will mark the nation's birthday for 2020. Updates will also be shared on the committee's social media pages.

Potter concluded his letter by thanking residents and Milltown Fourth of July patrons for their support and understanding. He added that the borough's traditional Fourth of July celebration would be back in 2021 "stronger than ever."