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Florham Park Celebrates the 4th of July

 

The Florham Park 4th of July Parade, is one of the oldest parades in New Jersey. Initiated in 1894, it was reinstated by the Florham Park Volunteer Fire Department in 1957 and in 1979 a committee was organized to continue this proud day. It is fitting that the 50th Independence Day Celebration lead off with a parade from the Firehouse on Brooklake Road beginning with the tradition of "Raising of the Flag" ceremony at 9:00 a.m.

 

A Historical Timeline of Florham Park

 

  • 1750 Moses Ward Leslie D. Ward was born and raised. Site of "Indian Village"

  • 1770-1780 Making whiskey, rum and hard cider 2nd most prosperous industry.

  • 1817 Columbia Turnpike (east/west road) was built

  • 1840 James H. Woodruff, prominent resident of Columbia and deacon of Hanover Presbyterian Church.

  • 1866 Little Red School House built

  • 1877 Population 350,

  • 1877 George Laning's store at 195 Ridgedale Ave. serves as a general store and the Post office. The upstairs became known as the "Hall" and was used for town meetings and cultural and civic activities.

  • 1880 Carriage production started in 1880 by William Tunis became a leading industries.

  • 1893 Twombly's barn dance held in the fall.

  • 1894 July 4th Parade Initiated

  • 1895 Dr. Leslie D, Ward summer home burns and he replaced it with a 3 story mansion which later became Braidburn Country Club and now Brooklake Country Club.

  • 1897 Twombly Mansion completed.

  • 1899 March 20, Florham Park was founded. The governor signed the bill making the borough "legal".

  • 1899 July 4th, The Twombly's celebrate the name "Florham Park" and opened the park to 600 people with food and fireworks ($2,000) worth of fireworks. Loyd W. Smith donated rows of strawberries from his Harvale Farm to the town during WWII

  • 1957 The parade was reinstated by the firemen of the Florham Park Volunteer Fire Department.

  • 2007 July 4th, Florham Park's 50th Independence Day Celebration Anniversary!

  • 2008 The 51st Celebration Grand Marshal, John T. Cunningham.

  • 2009 The 52nd Celebration Grand Marshal, Mike Sheppard.

  • 2010 The 53rd Celebration Grand Marshal, Dave Setzer, Honorary Grand Marshal, Forestor Newick

  • 2011 The 54th Celebration Grand Marshal Beatrice Haydu, W.A.S.P. and Vietnam Veterans serving as Honorary Grand Marshals. The 2011 Parade recognizes Vietnam Veterens, THANK YOU Vets!

THE HISTORY OF OUR CELBRATION

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P.O. Box 471

Florham Park, NJ 07932