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Traditional July Fourth Celebration in Sparta

Jennifer Dericks

Saturday, July 5, 2014 • 10:07pm

SPARTA, NJ- The Sparta Fourth of July parade was blessed with a small pocket of good weather.  The threatening sky did not deter celebrants from taking their positions along the parade route along East Shore Trail, through the Plaza and up to Mohawk Avenue School.  Some came dressed in jackets and even blankets but they were rewarded for their dedication. 

Beginning with The Sparta Elks Lodge 2356, the sponsors of the parade marched behind their purple and gold banner.  This year’s Grand Marshall was Councilman Gil Gibbs who marched with his wife Vanessa. 

Many different community organizations were represented in the parade including Cub Scout Packs 295 and 82, Sparta Township Council, the Sparta Ambulance Squad, Lake Mohawk Ski Hawks, Blessed Katerie Knights of Columbus, Sparta VFW, Sparta Junior Women’s Club, Sparta Kiwanis, Lake Mohawk Pool Swim Team and others.

Other communities had representation in the parade as well.  There were the pageant winners from many other Sussex county towns, Sussex and Hackettstown Elks, fire departments from Andover, Freedon and Lakeland with their shinny trucks, League of Women Voters of Sussex Highlands and New Jersey Search and Rescue.

Skylands Ice World had Sparta Synchronized Figure skating Black Diamond team members and Kings Ice Hockey player marching with their mascot. Local Karate school had students in their gis. Radio stations 103.7 WNNJ and 102.3 WSUS, were also represented. 

When the last of the parade passed the grandstands in front of Mohawk Avenue School the rain began to fall.

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Later that afternoon, the skies cleared once again, providing an unusually cool evening for the fireworks display.  Presented every year to the community by the Lake Mohawk Country Club, this year’s show was spectacular as usual.  Boats covered the lake, people filled the board walk and the lawn at Mohawk Avenue School.  Cars lined the Lake Shore Trails for back yard parties.  After the finale ended, cheers and applause echoed across the lake signaling the end of another traditional Fourth of July celebration in Sparta.  

Many more photos are available on https://www.facebook.com/SpartaTAP

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