July 4th Parade, Picnic Canceled

July 4th Parade, Picnic Canceled
Posted on 06/01/2021
July 4th Parade, Picnic Canceled

For the second year in a row, Montclair's annual 4th of July celebration has been canceled. All planned public activities related to the holiday are part of the cancellation, including the parade and the community picnic at Edgemont Memorial Park.

With restrictions on large public gatherings in response to the COVID-19 pandemic only recently lifted, and after consultation with the Township Manager, the Montclair Celebrates committee, which organizes the festivities, decided to cancel the events.

"We are deeply disappointed that we must again cancel the July 4th celebrations, but given months of uncertainty regarding state guidelines on public gatherings, and our inability to plan with any certainty over the past six months, we made the difficult decision to call off the parade and picnic," said Donato DiGeronimo, spokesperson for the Montclair Celebrates July 4th Committee. 

Planning for the July 4th celebrations typically begins six to eight months in advance. Fundraising, recruitment, contract negotiations, and public safety arrangements are all coordinated by a volunteer committee. The uncertainly of the past year forced the committee, in concert with Township officials, to call off the event. 

"There's no one who wants the July 4th parade more than the committee," said Mr. DiGeronimo. "We know how much Montclair would love to have a parade. There are brighter days ahead and we are determined to continue this beloved Montclair tradition celebrating Independence Day together in 2022."

The volunteer committee is working on plans to recognize last year's Grand Marshal, Dan Gill, a teacher at Glenfield Middle School for over 50 years.