Posted Monday, June 13th, 2016

The Chatham Fire Department Association will once again host the borough’s annual Fourth of July parade and the fireworks display.


Parade Chairman, Deputy Fire Chief Jeffrey Fricke, and Vice Chairman, Deputy Fire Marshal Stephen Williams, have formally announced the details of this summer’s Fourth of July festivities, including the naming of 50-year borough resident Richard “Dick” Ligertwood as grand marshall.

The day will begin with the flag raising and fire department inspection at 9:15 a.m. at the Borough Firehouse, followed by the parade procession. Beginning at 10:30, the parade will start at the intersection of Hillside Avenue and Main Street and head down Main Street towards Chatham Middle School.

Main Street (Route 124) will be closed from 10:00 a.m. to  1 p.m.

Richard "Dick'' Ligertwood

Richard “Dick” Ligertwood

Parade Grand Marshal Dick Ligertwood has been active in Scouting for 74 years, starting as a “tenderfoot” in Troop 71 in Newark and transferring in later years to Troop 8 in Chatham where he has been a member for 45 years.

Some of Dick Ligertwood’s scouting accomplishments include being a scoutmaster, assistant scoutmaster, wood badge recipient, vigil member of the Order of the Arrow, council advancement chairman, Silver Beaver Award recipient, and Silver Antelope Award recipient. He also served as instructor and quartermaster at the Boy Scouts of America Philmont Scout Ranch in Cimerron, New Mexico

This year’s fireworks will take place at the Chatham Middle School Field, at 480 Main Street. on July 4th, and nwill begin at about 9:30 p.m. or at dark. The gates will open at 7 p.m. and the public is invited to by South Jersey rock and soul band “The Bob Campanell Band.”

All information ALERTS pertaining to parade or fireworks will be sent out via ALERTCHATHAMBOROUGH. To sign up, visit

The Fourth of July Parade will happen rain or shine, but the rain date for the fireworks only will be July 5th, 2016 at the same time (9:30pm or dark).