Spend your Fourth of July in Montclair.
The 66th annual Fourth of July celebration will be held this year in Montclair with a day filled with a parade, family picnic and of course, fireworks!
The Montclair Celebrates Committee and Township of Montclair are joining together on Fourth of July to celebrate Independence Day and has put together events for everyone to enjoy! The day begins on Monday, July 4 at 11 a.m. with a parade that will begin at Bloomfield Ave. and South Fullerton Ave. The parade route is roughly over a mile and a half traveling west on Bloomfield Ave. and ending at Edgemont Park.
Joining the parade this year will be the Philadelphia Mummers’ Fralinger String Band, the Lesbian & Gay Big Apple Corps marching band, Wayne Raiders Drum & Bugle Corps, St. Columquille’s pipe and drum band and more.
Immediately following the parade will be the family picnic held at Edgemont Park. The picnic will include a barbecue and ice cream from Applegate Farm, plus magician Joe Fischer, pony rides, face painting, spin art, sand art, tattoos, balloon art and music entertainment.
After the family picnic ends, fireworks will be concluding the holiday celebrations and will be held at the Yogi Berra Stadium on Montclair State University’s campus. Gates will be opening at 6:30 p.m. and admission is $3 per person or $10 for a family up to six people and each person after six is on $2 each. Children under the age of five are free.
Button sales for the fireworks will be available at the Montclair Recreation Center (205 Claremont Ave.) and will be open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., the Investors Bank (536 Bloomfield Ave.), Kings Supermarket (650 Valley Rd.), Keil’s Pharmacy (732 Valley Rd.) and of course at the Yogi Berra Stadium the night of the event starting at 6:30 p.m. Free parking will be provided by Montclair State University.
Prior to the fireworks, games and activities will take place and the concession stands will be available and open. It is urged that no outside food, water or other drinks may be brought into the stadium.
“The best part of Fourth of July is celebrating it by attending all of the events that the community creates,” said resident April Abrams. “My family has been attending the parade, picnic and fireworks for years now and I couldn’t imagine celebrating Independence Day anywhere else!”
Not all events are rain or shine, therefore rain cancellation or postponement announcements will also be posted on the Montclair Township website at montclairnjusa.org, TV34 (Channel 34 on Comcast and Verizon FiOS) and an alert will be sent to Montclair Township METS alert system subscribers. If you are interested in receiving alerts, visit mets.montclairnjusa.org to subscribe.
To see more photographs from the Fourth of July Parade 2015 by Scott Kennedy, please check out The Montclair Dispatch Photography website.