Independence Day Parade in White Deer Plaza

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  • Tractor pulling a float ensures the agricultural community was represented Photos by Dave Case

  • Part of the Sparta Fire Department heavy equipment

  • The township's Finest were represented

  • Sparta Councilman Gil Gibbs, Councilwoman Molly Whilesmith, and Councilman Jerry Murphy

  • Sparta Mayor Josh Hertzberg and Deputy Mayor Christine Quinn

  • Grand Marshal Donna Jenkins

  • The Sparta Elks sponsored the event

  • From left, Max Boslet, 6; Tristan Lorenzo, 4; and Sprena Lorenzo, 10; all from Sparta, waving the flag

  • Sparta kids, from left, Amina Cronin, 4; Maddie Lawrence, 4; and Richard Cronin, 6

  • An antique ambulance

  • Laney Debb, 4, Newton

  • Spectators line the street awaiting the parade

  • Vehicle from yesteryear

  • The Sparta Historical Society

  • EMS workers floating along

  • Lake Mohawk Country Club car

  • Boy Scouts present and accounted for

  • Dogs have their day

  • OSCAR animal rescue

— Hundreds of people of all ages came out on July 4th to line the streets near Lake Mohawk and to participate in the township's Independence Day Parade, celebrating the nation's 242nd birthday.

The weather was hot, the skies overcast, but marchers and spectators were undeterred and full of spirit, as fire engines, ambulances, antique automobiles, floats, marching bands, scouting troops, banner-touting organizations, flag-flying first responder groups and hand-waving township officials paraded along East Shore Trail, through White Deer Plaza and on to Mohawk Avenue School to the strains of patriotic music and the happy cheers of onlookers.

The Sparta Elks sponsored the event. Donna Jenkins, who after 28 years is retiring from her post as program coordinator for the township recreation department, was the parade's grand marshal.

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