SPARTA, NJ – Celebration of the Fourth of July will be relegated to residents’ back yards and neighborhoods.  Months and weeks ago, when decisions had to be made and details planned the only certainty was that things would not be certain. 

As of June 22, the governor increased the number of people who can gather outside to 250, with no limit on political or outdoor religious activities.

The Sparta Elks Lodge, who sponsor and organize the July 4 parade every year, decided to forego the annual event.  According to State Past President Anthony Alfonso, they are considering a parade in the fall but that is just a conversation at this point he said.

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The Lake Mohawk Country Club canceled their fireworks on and over the lake. As of June 27, the only fireworks near Sussex County will be on Lake Hopatcong.

Originally the Sparta Junior Woman’s Club initially announced the annual Sparta Day would be moved to a date in the fall.  They have recently canceled Sparta Day this year Sparta Township Manager Bill Close said at the township council meeting last Tuesday.

The Cultural Affairs Committee, a sub-committee of the Recreation Committee, is exploring offering an abbreviated Outdoor Concert Series. According to township council member Dan Chiariello, the liaison to the committee, the committee was looking for guidance about how to proceed.  Committee member Steve Hespelt addressed the council members to ask they could try to go forward with booking artists.   Close said they could go ahead as they normally would proceed, including coordinating with his office.

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