Arts & Entertainment

Montclair's 4th of July Celebration Unaffected by Hurricane Arthur

9af0b8c0a96c92b50b52_parade.4th_014.jpg
55d49de45619113d4de1_parade.4th_007.jpg
25f7ef3e253d19b56e44_parade.4th_005.jpg
8d92dfe91845730f65d0_parade.4th_001.jpg
54eba3c8656f986259c9_parade.4th_002.jpg
c2e0d40bd4b7ec337ee8_parade.4th_003.jpg
6de1235ee69f88bf95f4_parade.4th_004.jpg
0af1b469a40d5b6282b5_parade.4th_009.jpg
57a68d05d369ec32a294_parade.4th_010.jpg
3f4a5014bf444826820f_parade.4th_011.jpg
7c8f6e92e97776fe1779_parade.4th_012.jpg
bb0bf8b084c5fe83c060_parade.4th_013.jpg
81b17f43fad45a3e99b6_parade.4th_015.jpg
0fa4923436d743110214_parade.4th_016.jpg
38765a627930cec9813a_parade.4th_017.jpg
7a47aed37da646ca477c_parade.4th_019.jpg
cf3ee299384237e2e911_parade.4th_022.jpg
17c5c6f12a9f5936da5f_parade.4th_029.jpg
c3a758e8d1db25f54705_parade.4th_026.jpg
9af0b8c0a96c92b50b52_parade.4th_014.jpg

MONTCLAIR, NJ – Hurricane Arthur, a category 1 Hurricane, hit the east coast on Wednesday threatening the 4th of July festivities statewide.  Although New Jersey was spared the fury of the Hurricane, it left behind hail, flooding, and thunderstorms that affected most New Jersey communities’ holiday plans except for Montclair.

Despite the news reports, by Friday, most of the rain had subsided and the Montclair 4th of July parade went on rain or shine.  It turns out that the weather was on the Township of Montclair’s side with the day being overcast with no sign of rain until the afternoon. 

PARADE

Sign Up for E-News

Hundreds of spectators lined the streets along the 1.6 mile long parade route to get a good glimpse of the parade.  This year marked the Township of Montclair’s 64th annual Independence Day celebration.  There was a line up of entertaining performances and floats.  Township officials announced new additions to the parade this year as Philadelphia Mummers' Fralinger String Band, Lesbian & Gay Big Apple Corps, Wayne Raiders Drum & Bugle Corps and St. Columquille's pipe and drum band.

Among the parade participants was Immaculate Conception High School (ICHS).  Supporters marched alongside Assemblyman Tom Giblin who was demonstrating his his support of the school.  Assemblyman Giblin has been a long time supporter and board member of ICHS.

ICHS has recenlty come under threat of being closed by the Archdiocese of Newark if they do not raise $500,000 and increase enrollment by the July 15th deadline.   School officals marching with ICHS were passing out fliers to the crowd asking them to help keep ICHS open and directing them to the www.gofundme.com website.  The school has raised $286,000 thus far.

Towards the end of the parade, there were a few sprinkles that seemed to come and go.  Sprinkles didn’t seem to bother parade-goers as they lined the streets with lawn chairs and blankets to see the sights.

PICNIC

At the end of the parade route, residents gathered for a town picnic at Edgemont Park filled with food, a variety of vendors and live music.

Carole Gill rode her bike to the parade area ending at Edgemont Memorial Park to hear the band play.  Gill said, “I didn’t notice the rain, I came to hear the band.  We saw them a few weeks ago and we came to see the band again.”

Alex Picou brought his daughters to the picnic where they were playing chess while standing.  Picou said, “They have been learning to play chess and will be taking chess lessons this summer.”

Steve Moctezuma from Zuma chess had a chess station set up in the park and invited residents to play on his chess boards.  He has partnered with Steve Crooks of Felis Fitness to launch a new concept of putting physical fitness and chess together.  Moctezuma said, “I believe in physical fitness and I wanted to be creative and combine exercise and chess.  When the opponent captures your piece, they have to do pushups or sit ups.”   “ I also host chess fitness parties,” he continued.  

Steve Crooks from Felis Fitness said, “I want to be outdoors and teach others how to exercise in public while doing every day things.”  “Last year, I worked with first responders to raise 400 cans of food for United Way and before we donated the food, we had to exercise while carrying the cans.”

Food vendors, Kepa’s Hawaiian Isle Barbecue and Applegate Farms ice cream were busy with long lines of people wanting to taste their delectables.  The Montclair Art Museum also had a station set up with activities for children.   

The rain held back just in time for the parade to end and for residents to join some picnic festivities.  At around 2pm, it began to pour and many of the parade-goers dispersed.

FIREWORKS

As news of many other communities cancelling the fireworks display came, residents wondered whether the Montclair fireworks would also be canceled.  Some residents thought all was lost for the fireworks display at Yogi Berra Stadium on the campus of Montclair State University until the sun came out.   

When the rain subsided around 6pm and the sun shone through the clouds, hundreds of residents filled the stands at the Yogi Berra stadium for the Montclair fireworks display.  The gates opened at 7pm and residents poured in joining the opening activities such as pie-eating contests, line dancing, while t-shirts and prizes were thrown to the crowd. 

The excitement grew until the fireworks grand finale at 9pm. The fireworks display was the 4th annual display at Yogi Berra stadium.   

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Montclair

Original Pancake House of West Caldwell Evacuated in Possible Pepper Spray Incident

May 20, 2018

WEST CALDWELL, NJ — The Original Pancake House in West Caldwell was evacuated early Saturday afternoon due to a possible pepper spray incident that caused ambulances from the West Essex, Verona and Bloomfield First Aid Squads to assist at the scene.

Bianca Pietro, a West Orange mother of two, said she was seated inside the glass atrium on the south side of the building that faces ...

Parsippany Septuagenarian Becomes NJIT's Oldest Engineering Grad

May 23, 2018

NEWARK, NJ - It was about five minutes after Robert Dresnack’s Water Resources Engineering class had begun when a septuagenarian poked his head into the room at NJIT. Puzzled, the professor inquired, “May I help you?”

In fact, he could. “I’m a student in this class,” replied Chris Antholis, then 72, who was six years into his quest to earn a Bachelor of ...

Upcoming Events

Tue, May 29, 7:00 PM

Studio Playhouse, Upper Montclair

Into the Woods Auditions

Arts & Entertainment

Wed, May 30, 6:00 PM

Hackensack Mountainside Medical Center, Montclair

Bladder Control Is No Accident: A Woman’s Guide ...

Health & Wellness

Letter to the Editor: Gum Litter and what YOU can do about it

May 16, 2018

Gum is non-biodegradable, meaning it doesn't’t break down ever….

Today, the unlikely problem surfaces. The average person chews 275 sticks of gum per year. With the amount of people in daily society, it’s no mystery why chewing gum is the second most littered item after cigarette butts.  Did you know that gum is banned in Singapore?

In addition to littering human ...

Montclair Police Blotter: Vandalism to Parked Cars, Mysterious Parking Meter Crash, and More

May 23, 2018

MONTCLAIR, NJ - The following blotter was compiled and released by the Montclair Police Department on May 22, 2018:

Arrest:
05-15-2018 (Orange Road) Mr. Danny Josama, 42yoa from West Orange, was arrested and charged with
DWI.
05-21-2018 (Wellmont Theater) Mr. Marcelo Dasilva, 40yoa from Montclair, was arrested and charged
with Burglary and Criminal Mischief for entering the Wellmont ...

'Turning Off the Morning News' brings comic twist

‘Turning Off the Morning News’ tackles today’s issues with a comic twist

By Liz Keill

PRINCETON, N J – Despite the late night comics, no one quite captures the insanity of the political/social status world like Christopher Durang.

His latest play, “Turning off the Morning News” hit the ground running.  John Pankow as Jimmy addresses the audience, ...

'To Kill a Mockingbird' Sustains Timeless Appeal

SUMMIT, NJ – The Summit Playhouse provides a stellar production of a much loved classic, “To Kill a Mockingbird.”

The Harper Lee novel, later a Gregory Peck film and now a stage production, retains all the warmth, intensity and integrity that made it such an appealing hit in the 1960s. And there will be a new production on Broadway in December with a script by Aaron Sorkin ...

Broadway Performance for Montclair-based Interfaith Hospitality Network for Homeless

May 23, 2018

 

Montclair, NJ – May 23, 2018 – A star studded line up of Broadway actors and singers extraordinaire will lend their talents to raise funds for Interfaith Hospitality Network for the Homeless of  Essex County, (IHN), a Montclair based family shelter and housing assistance program.  Titled “At Home on Stage”, the cabaret and comedy event will be held on ...