MORRISTOWN, NJ - This annual fourth of July tradition in Morristown proved to be full of activities and fun while celebrating the independence of this country.

The celebration started at Ford Mansion at 11:30 am, where soldiers led a parade of people to the Morristown Green with the help of park rangers and police men.

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At the Green, there were a range of speakers including Mayor Tim Dougherty, who started by saying, “ On Independence Day, on this site, you have to take a moment and think about who was here, as we stated earlier, and what took place. And how really important Morristown was to the Revolutionary War and the outcome but also they gave our rights to the be free.”

The rest of the ceremony consisted of the crowd reciting the pledge of allegiance, singing the national anthem and paying homage to the soldiers that were present. The reading of the Declaration of Independence was performed by Thomas Winslow. The audience was encouraged to participate by yelling “huzzah” or to boo.

The ceremony ended with a musket salute by the continental army.

Some people shared how this ceremony affected them and what the fourth of July means to them. When asked what the fourth of July means to her, Pat Stafner of the Morristown Daughters of America stated that,” It is that fight for our freedom, that fight for our independence and the declaration of independence is the moment that the fourth of July is built on. “

Kevin Tremble of the Washington Association of New Jersey commented on how he feels to participate in this kind of event. He stated, “ For me, today was very special because I had a chance to dig into where George Washington was because, you know the Washington Association, I should know where he is.”

After the ceremony, there were many activities to participate in like a tour of the Presbyterian Church’s colonial graveyard.

 

**Michaela Forbes is an intern for TAPinto Morristown