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HAMMONTON - For the first time in decades, the Town of Hammonton will celebrate Independence Day with a Downtown parade, events at Lake Park and an incredible fireworks display. The activities are all part of the Town’s Sesquicentennial Celebration, marking the 150th anniversary of Hammonton’s founding.

Many dedicated volunteers and organizations are making this special day possible. Bob Schenk is spearheading this effort on behalf of the Hammonton Sesquicentennial Committee, along with Hammonton Fire Chief Bill Eppler.

“We are excited about this special day,” Schenk said “Hammonton became independent 150 years ago, and this year we will be marking our country’s Independence Day in style!”

Here is the schedule for the July 4th events:

9 a.m. Interfaith Prayer Service at Hammonton Lake Park

12 p.m. a parade in Downtown Hammonton

4 p.m. live music, food vendors and games will start at Lake Park

9:30 p.m. will be the spectacular fireworks display at Lake Park.

“We want everyone to come out and enjoy this fun day,” said Mayor Steve DiDonato. “The town is excited that we can bring back this special tradition of fireworks at the Hammonton Lake on the 4th of July and we’re looking forward to fireworks and events on Independence Day for many more years to come too.”

The parade will run along Bellevue Avenue from Egg Harbor Road to Third Street and will begin lining up along the railroad tracks on North Egg Harbor Road at 11 a.m. Bands, dance troupes, floats and more have already registered. Children are invited to decorate their favorite bike, scooter or wagon in patriotic colors. Patriotic pets are also welcome to join in on the fun. Individuals, families, businesses and community organizations are all encouraged to enter floats and marchers as well.

Please call Bob Schenk at (609) 561-7124 or email bschenk@comcast.net to participate in the parade.

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