MONTCLAIR, NJ - Montclair celebrated Independence Day on Wednesday in celebration of 150 years. Blue skies and hot weather served as the backdrop of perfection for Montclair's annual parade.
Lining Bloomfield Avenue with anticipation, spectators eagerly watched on as parade marchers and dignitaries made their way through town to the viewing stand located at Edgemont Park.
Essex County Freeholder President Brendan Gill posted on social media saying, "I have been marching in the #Montclair 4th of July parade since I was a kid. Now get to do it with my own kids. It was hot but we enjoyed celebrating the 150 anniversary of #Montclair. Thank you to the committee and all of the volunteers who keep this tradition alive."
The parade was complete with many of the usual sights such as Elvis, Wonder Woman, Montclair elected officials, Essex County Freeholders, including the Boy Scouts/Cub Scouts honoring the life and legacy of Jeff Gaskin, Montclair Marching Band and many more.
Montclair celebrated a special anniversary on April 15, marking the day, 150 years ago, when it became a township. The very first council meeting was held on April 15, 1868, marking the founding of the Township of Montclair. In honor of that sesquicentennial milestone, Township Officials celebrated this Independence Day in commemoration.
Montclair Mayor Robert Jackson said in an earlier release, "As we mark Montclair’s 150th anniversary, we celebrate the diversity, community and rich history of the place we proudly call home.”
A Montclair 150 mobile app is now available. It lists cultural and community events from organizations throughout the Township. The app was developed in partnership with the Montclair Center Business Improvement District (BID) and is available on the Apple App and Google Play stores. Also check the 150th Anniversary section on the township website for listings of upcoming events and promotions.
For additional information, visit http://www.montclairnjusa.org
Photos courtesy of Armando Diaz.