The use of photographic film was pioneered by George Eastman. His first camera, which he called the “Kodak,” was offered for sale in 1888. By 1900, mass-market photography took root with the “Brownie”, his simple and very inexpensive box camera that introduced the concept of the snapshot. The Brownie was extremely popular and various models remained on sale until the 1960’s.
Perhaps it is with one of these early camera’s your family photos were taken. The pride and patriotism you feel when you see generations of your family in old black and white photos, dressed in military uniforms, off to fight for our freedom and safety. The statue of the Minute Man on The Green in Lexington, MA was captured on film during a vacation learning about the American Revolution and our succession from oppressive British rule. I love its old deckle-edges and the learning that came with immersion into the battle grounds in Concord and the Old North Bridge where the “Shot heard round
the World” was fired. Once color film arrived, the photos brought a vivid dimension to our memories. The family July 4th gatherings, chock full of blueberry pie, Grandma in a red apron and bunting on the barn, were captured along with smiles and quality time together.
These are the pictures we have in mind of July 4th, but what are yours? Join us as we celebrate with this years’ Parade theme, “Pictures of Patriotism”.
Break out the bunting and flags, as the house-decorating contest will be judged early in the morning. Roads will be closed at 9:00 AM for the safety of all participants and spectators.
Our celebration begins on Main Street with the Children’s Parade at 9:30 AM, for infants and children 10 and younger (Registration opens at 8:00 AM). The main parade steps off at 10:00 AM, with festivities, food and fun following in Holjes-Sheppard Memorial Park. Have you seen the Tug-of-War contest?
We are counting on all of our neighbors to donate and ensure the continuity of this wholesome event as we celebrate that picture in your mind of freedom, family and country.
Please be sure to check out our web site at http://www.lebanonboro4thofjulyparade.com where you can find updated parade and donation information.
Your donations help ensure that this historic parade will continue for years to come!
We also have a Facebook page! https://www.facebook.com/LebanonBorough4thOfJulyParade
Registration is required for all parade participants in order to place you and your group accordingly in the parade line-up.
All participants can register on-line at the parade web site http://www.lebanonboro4thofjulyparade.com/register/
If there are any issues with signing up for the parade, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
For over 65 years, the volunteers of the Lebanon Boro Parade Committee have been hosting the oldest, continuous 4th of July Parade in Hunterdon County.
Celebrate with us this year as we celebrate volunteering and community support with the theme of “Pictures of Patriotism”
Festivities will begin with the CHILDREN’S PARADE. Registration commences at 8:00AM and is open to all children from birth to 10 years old.
Children may participate riding on a decorated bicycle or float – NO MOTORIZED VEHICLES! Be as creative and unique as you want!
Judging takes place at 9:00AM – so please arrive early!
The CHILDREN’S PARADE commences at 9:30AM at Sutton Place (across from Police Headquarters), with a short procession up Main Street for about ½ a block.
There will be Awards for:
- Most Patriotic
- Best Theme Representation
Residents of Lebanon Borough are urged to decorate their homes for inclusion in the HOUSE DECORATING CONTEST. 1st and 2nd Place awards will be presented for the best Patriotic or theme related decor.
The PRESENTATION OF LEBANON BOROUGH SCHOOL SAFETY PATROL will commence at 9:50AM on Main Street in front of the Fox and Hound Tavern.
The PARADE LINE UP will commence between 8:30AM and 9:30AM. Please enter Main Street from Route 22 at the East end of town (By Stewart’s Root Beer Stand), no later than 9:00AM, as the ROADS WILL BE CLOSED AT THAT TIME. There will be numerous Celebration Committee members to assist you in finding your place in the parade line-up.
BOY AND GIRL SCOUTS AND INDIAN GUIDES: Muster with their troops at the Old Brick Post Office Building at 123 Main Street.
The MAIN PARADE will step off promptly at 10:00AM and follow West along Main Street, down Myrtle Avenue and then down Brunswick Avenue.
FESTIVITIES IN THE PARK: Join us at Holjes-Sheppard Park following the parade, for festivities including singing of “The Star Spangled Banner”, the flag raising ceremony, presentation of awards, refreshments, games & friendly competition for folks of all ages!
GENERAL PARADE TROPHIES: Judging takes place during the parade, with winners awarded in the park.
- Best Theme Float/Unit
- Best Children’s Float/Unit
- Most Patriotic Float/Unit
- Most Original Float/Unit
ANTIQUE/CLASSIC CARS, TRUCKS, AND TRACTORS: The Lebanon NJ 4th of July Parade Committee is inviting all antique and class cars (pre-1980) to participate in our annual parade!
Cars will not be judged nor will trophies be awarded. The first 50 antique/classic cars (no tractors or street rods) to arrive by 9:00 AM at Lynwood Drive will receive a participation award. Car owners will have a chance to join our celebration and share their special vehicles with the community on this historic holiday.
Any questions you may have can be sent to Linda Kennedy at email@example.com
FIRE COMPANY & RESCUE SQUAD TROPHIES: To thank ALL Emergency Service personnel, EACH Company will receive a trophy of Recognition, Thanks, and Gratitude for their years of volunteer service protecting the communities at large, and their dedicated support and participation in the Lebanon Borough Fourth of July Parade and Celebration.
*** Participation is limited to 2 vehicles per Fire Company or Rescue Squad. Thank you for your cooperation***
- For safety’s sake, there will be ABSOLUTELY NO THROWING/HANDING OUT of candy or items from floats, cars or by marchers.
- This parade is a self-supporting event. Donations are our only means of support. Please consider making a donation HERE
- All Roads into Lebanon Borough CLOSE AT 9:00AM. Please arrive early!
Thank you for your enthusiasm! It is you who make this parade so much fun. If you have any questions about participating in the parade, please contact Parade Chairman Sam Berger at firstname.lastname@example.org or email us at email@example.com We will get back to you as soon as possible.