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Montclair Fourth of July Parade Details

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MONTCLAIR, NJ - The Township of Montclair will host its 66th annual Independence Day parade celebrations with spectacular performances and entertainment on Monday, July 4.

The parade begins at 11:00 a.m. along a 1.6-mile route traveling west on Bloomfield Avenue to Midland Avenue, continuing to Watchung Avenue, west to Valley Road and ending at Edgemont Park, where the annual Family Picnic will be held.

The annual Montclair July 4th Fireworks display will take place at Yogi Berra Stadium on Montclair State University campus. The stadium admission fee is $3 per person or $10 for a family (family = up to 6 people; $2 per person beyond 6), free for kids ages 5 and under. Gates open at 6:30 p.m. Free parking will be available at the Carparc Diem deck, adjacent to Floyd Hall Arena and at the Red Hawk parking deck. Overflow vehicles will be directed to other parking areas. (Please note: concessions will be available; no outside food, water or other drinks may be brought into the stadium.)

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The Township’s 2016 Independence Day celebrations are made possible with the tremendous efforts of the Montclair Celebrates Committee and the generosity of the local community.

PARADE HIGHLIGHTS

The band that the Gothamist called “the ever-entertaining Lesbian & Gay Big Apple Corps” returns this year to perform in Montclair's July 4th parade. Since its formation in 1979, this band of brothers and sisters has been making music and art for audiences across the United States and Canada. The recipient of dozens of awards from NYC Heritage of Pride’s coveted Best in March Award to Rochester’s little-known but equally appreciated Ruby Slipper Award, the Lesbian & Gay Big Apple Corps Marching Band has been seen by millions in such diverse appearances as a parade to commemorate the bicentennial of George Washington’s Inauguration, a performance in a church basement in Brooklyn, concerts at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, and the New York City Veteran’s Day Parade.

Also joining us again in this year's parade lineup will be the Fralinger String Band of Philadelphia Mummers fame. In 2015, the band won First Prize in the Philadelphia New Year’s Day parade with the theme “The Machine.” This year the band will present "Undiscovered" -- an expedition into an uncharted, exotic, and mysterious world to uncover the hidden secrets of the native people. Although many challenges lie ahead, the band will march on to expose the true glory of this forgotten and undiscovered rhythmic beauty and driving force: The Lost Fralinger civilization.

Raiders of Wayne Drum and Bugle Corps – the world class Raiders are 16-time Drum Corps International Championship finalists, dedicated to bringing life changing summers to the youth of New Jersey. The Raiders are in their 24th season and Montclair is pleased to have them join us once again for our Independence Day celebrations.

Caporales San Simon - This Bolivian dance group was first formed in November of 1978 in the city of Cochabamba. Historically the Caporales were foremen of the black slaves of the Bolivian hot zones of the Yungas in La Paz, Bolivia. The group made its first appearance in the Carnival of Oruro.

Caporales dance is based on the rhythms of the saya, a form of Bolivian processional dance, but has been transformed with the addition of different kinds of foreign musical elements. The dancers wear clothing decorated with lots of color and sequins, reminiscent of the conquistadors.

St. Columcille United Gaelic Band - The band draws its name from an Irish prince, warrior and scholar who became a priest to bring early Christianity to the Western Isles of Ireland and Scotland. St. Columcille remains a lasting symbol of the unity of the early Celtic peoples, particularly the Scots and the Irish. This award winning organization, whose stated mission is to "forward the music of the Gael," have performed at Montclair's Fourth of July parade for many years.

Local favorites will also be in the 2015 line-up such as the Montclair Community Band, community groups and organizations will have floats and marchers, fire engines, antique cars, and much, much more in store, including everyone's favorite, Peter Guiffra, a.k.a. Elvis.

GRAND MARSHAL 2016

Jeh Johnson, U.S. Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security 
Jeh Johnson is the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security. As such, he leads the third largest Department of the U.S. government, with a workforce of 229,000 employees and 22 components including TSA, Customs and Border Protection, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, FEMA, the Coast Guard and the Secret Service. Under Secretary Johnson’s leadership, DHS is responsible for counterterrorism, cybersecurity, aviation security, border security, port security, maritime security, administration and enforcement of our immigration laws, protection of our national leaders, protection of critical infrastructure, detection of and protection against chemical, biological and nuclear threats to the homeland, and response to disasters.

Secretary Johnson was appointed by President Obama on December 23, 2013, following confirmation by the U.S. Senate by a vote of 78-16. Previously, Secretary Johnson was appointed by President Obama to be General Counsel of the Department of Defense from 2009 through 2012. In that position, Johnson was one of the legal architects for the U.S. military’s counterterrorism mission during President Obama’s first term , and he gave several notable public addresses on the subject, including at the Oxford Union in November 2012. In 2010, Johnson also co-authored a 250-page report that paved the way for the repeal by Congress of the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell law that prohibited gays from serving openly in the U.S. military. From October 1998 to January 2001, Johnson served in the Clinton Administration as General Counsel of the Department of the Air Force. From 1989 through 1991, Secretary Johnson was an Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of New York, where he prosecuted public corruption cases.

Secretary Johnson is a native New Yorker, and in private life has been a corporate lawyer with the New York City-based law firm of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison. He was present in Manhattan on September 11, 2001, which also happens to be his birthday.

Secretary Johnson is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers. He is a 1979 graduate of Morehouse College, a 1982 graduate of Columbia Law School, and the recipient of nine honorary degrees.

FAMILY PICNIC

After the parade, join us for the township family picnic at Edgemont Park. Enjoy barbeque and ice cream from Applegate Farm. Plus there will be great entertainment for the kids with magician Joe Fischer, pony rides, face painting, spin art, sand art, tattoos, balloon art and music.

FIREWORKS

Where: Yogi Berra Stadium, home of the New Jersey Jackals, on MSU campus.

Time: Gates open 6:30 p.m.

Fee: Admission to the stadium is $3 per person or $10 for a family (family = 6 people; $2 per person over 6 people); kids 5 and under free.

Button sales for the fireworks are provided at the following locations:

- Montclair Recreation, 205 Claremont Ave., Mon-Fri, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
- Investors Bank, 536 Bloomfield Ave.
- Kings Supermarket, 650 Valley Rd.
- Keils Pharmacy, 732 Valley Rd.
- Grove Pharmacy, 123 Grove St.
- Yogi Berra Stadium the night of the event starting at 7:00 p.m.

RAIN CANCELLATION INFORMATION:

In the event of rain, the parade will go on, the picnic in Edgemont Park and fireworks at Yogi Berra Stadium will be canceled.

Rain cancellation/postponement announcements will be posted on the Montclair Township website and on TV34. A rain information phone number will be available: 973-509-4914; alerts will be sent out to Montclair Events and Township Services (METS) alert system subscribers (mets.montclairnjusa.org/Subscribe.aspx).

For more information, visit www.montclairnjusa.org/july4th or contact Montclair Recreation & Cultural Affairs at 973-509-4915.

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