SPARTA, NJ – Sparta Township celebrated the Fourth of July beginning with fireworks on Tuesday, July 3.  Lake Mohawk Country Club put on a spectacular display, once again, for Sparta to enjoy.

On Wednesday, the Sparta Elks sponsored the annual parade.

The Elks members judges the groups and floats in the parade and trophies were awarded in several categories:

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Best Community Organization:

  • First Sparta Historical Society
  • Second Place: Lake Mohawk Ski Hawks

Best Parade Float: Monterey Entertainment

Best Color Guard: Sparta Fire Department.

Best Marching Unit: Andover Fire Department

Best Appearing Unit:

  • First Place: New Jersey Antique Tractors
  • Second Place:  New Jersey Forest Fire Unit

Best Fire Department:

  • First Place: Sparta Fire Department
  • Second Place:  Andover Fire Department

Best First Aid Squad:

  • First Place:  Newton First Aid
  • Second Place:  Sparta Ambulance Squad

Best Banner Carrie: Knights of Columbus

Best Elks Lodge Appearance:  Sussex Elks #2288 and Antlers

Best Youth Group: Lake Mohawk Swim Team

Best Musical Organization: Sparta High School Marching Band

Best Overall in Parade: New Jersey Antique Tractors

The crowd moved from the parade route to the boardwalk to watch the Ski Hawks.  They were not disappointed.  The skiers performed their routines and stunts to an audience of hundreds.  It was a patriotic, family friendly,  fun day; a #Sparta Fourth.