July 4th Celebrations – July 3rd

Montclair will not host its annual Independence Day parade this year.

Caravan for Heroes will be held in lieu of cancelled parade.

Grand Marshal Dan Gill and community organizations will be recognized.

The Montclair Celebrates 4th of July committee has organized a car caravan to honor front line workers, community organizations and businesses that played a central role in helping Montclair throughout the pandemic. The caravan will take place on Saturday, July 3, 2021, from 10am to 12pm.

It will feature antique cars, convertibles and other vehicles driven by members of the Montclair Celebrates 4th of July committee. Rather than join the procession, the public is asked to wave flags and cheer along the caravan route. Signs will be placed in front of organizations and businesses that were crucial in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic, including Mountainside Hospital, Toni's Kitchen, Human Needs Food Pantry, the Montclair Ambulance Unit and the Township Police and Fire departments. The route will begin at Lackawanna Plaza and visit many areas of the Township, from the South End to Upper Montclair.

The Caravan for Heroes will end at Glenfield Middle School, where a short ceremony will take place at approximately 11:30 a.m. to honor Dan Gill for his many years of service teaching the children of Montclair.

"Given the uncertainty of the past six months, we were unable to plan and fundraise for our traditional parade, with all of its floats, bands and participants. But we hope that Montclarions will join us in showing their support for all those who helped get us through this challenging year with the Caravan for Heroes," said Donato DiGeronimo, spokesperson for the Montclair Celebrates July 4th committee. 

"While we are disappointed that we had to cancel the annual parade, the Caravan for Heroes is our way of thanking all the front line workers and to give the community a way to celebrate Independence Day," said Donato DiGeronimo