When we first moved to Milltown back in 2005, we had no idea what a close knit community we had come to. We got to know most of our neighbors as they walked passed our home on their daily walk with a dog or as a couple. They would stop and chat with us and tell us what street they lived on and how many years they lived there or if they grew up in Milltown. Some grew up in the very house where they were raising their own children. Quite fascinating indeed! During one of these many chats I shared about our wonderful plans to go camping during 4th of July weekend. My news was met with a gasp and a question! You are going to MISS THE 4TH OF JULY PARADE??? I had no idea what my neighbor was referring to, but I felt quite bad that I would be missing it.
The following year I was careful not to miss the parade but I was still somewhat unprepared. It seemed the entire town was standing on Main Street and there was music, and different service groups and children marching and fire engines and ambulances blowing their sirens loud representing their precinct/engine. What an amazing display of patriotism and pride! The following year and every year since we have been in attendance. We are "pros" now so that means we bring folding chairs, water bottles, sun block and bags to collect the candy being tossed to the children from the floats. It's a second chance at Halloween in the summer. Tootsie rolls, Dum Dums and more!
When I first arrived in Milltown I was quite anonymous, flying under the radar, but now I can't walk to or from the parade without waving several times and stopping to chat to neighbors and friends. Now, I am that lady scolding the newcomers if they haven't made plans to attend the parade on Main Street! The festivities continue in borough park throughout the day and the fireworks later that night are noteworthy! What better way to impress your BBQ guests by walking them to the center of town for the best fireworks show right here in Milltown?!