SPARTA, NJ – Umbrellas were as numerous as American flags along the parade route on Saturday, July 4.  The rain did not dampen the enthusiasm of parade watchers lining White Deer Plaza and East Shore Trail. 

They cheered the Elks Club, Kiwanis Club, cub scouts, ambulance squad, Knights of Columbus, Ski Hawks, Mohawk Pool Swim Team, Black Diamond Figure Skaters and Kings Ice Hockey teams, OSCAR dog rescue, young ladies in tiaras representing surrounding towns, Lake Mohawk Country Club trustees, Sparta’s Mayor and Councilman Gibbs,  even Batman was there with his bat mobile.

No tradition was left out.  The champion Sparta High School Marching Band did not miss a beat. The Grand Marshal Bill Curcio rode in a convertible waving to the crowd.  Fire companies from all over Sussex County seemed to compete for the loudest sirens and horns as they made their way along the route. John Durkot drove the army jeep for the Sparta VFW along with representatives from the Vietnam Veterans and North Jersey Veterans' Memorial Cemetery organizations.

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Skies cleared, allowing for a very comfortable night for the thousands who enjoyed the fireworks on the boardwalk, in backyards and boats or any open space near to Lake Mohawk. The Country Club show went on for more than 20 minutes, followed by cheers that echoed across the lake. 

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