The Montclair Celebrates 4th of July committee has organized a car caravan to honor front line workers, community organizations and businesses that played a central role in helping Montclair throughout the pandemic. The caravan will take place on Saturday, July 3, 2021, from 10am to 12pm and will wind its way through the streets of Montclair, ending at Glenfield Middle School, where last year’s Grand Marshal of the canceled 4th of July parade, Dan Gill, will be recognized for his more than 50 years of service to the students of Montclair.
“Given the uncertainty of the past six months, we were unable to plan and fundraise for our traditional parade, with all of its floats, bands and participants. But we hope that Montclarions will join us in showing their support for all those who helped get us through this challenging year with the Caravan for Heroes,” said Donato DiGeronimo, spokesperson for the Montclair Celebrates July 4th committee.
The Caravan for Heroes will feature antique cars, convertibles and other vehicles driven by members of the Montclair Celebrates 4th of July committee. For safety reasons, rather than join the procession, the public is asked to wave flags and cheer along the caravan route. Signs will be placed in front of organizations and businesses that were crucial in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic, including Mountainside Hospital, Toni’s Kitchen, Human Needs Food Pantry and the Township Police and Fire departments.
The route will begin at Lackawanna Plaza and visit many areas of the Township, from the South End to Upper Montclair. The Caravan for Heroes will end at Glenfield Middle School, where a short ceremony will take place to honor Dan Gill, at approximately 11:30 AM.
“While we are disappointed that we had to cancel the annual parade, the Caravan for Heroes is our way of thanking all the front line workers and to give the community a way to celebrate Independence Day,” said Donato DiGeronimo.