Chatham’s Beloved Fourth of July Celebration


Chatham spirit always shines bright on Independence Day! Proud flag-waving residents of every age will be decked out in red, white, and blue.  Chairs will be placed at the curb along the parade route at least a day in advance to secure prime viewing locations.  It’s a true Chatham tradition!

Chatham parade

The day begins with the flag raising ceremony at 9:15am at the Borough Firehouse, followed by Fire Department inspection by Mayor and Council.  The annual parade starts at 10:30am sharp, rain or shine at at Hillside Ave/Main Street.


Gates open at 7:00pm for the fireworks. Come early and enjoy live music before dark. Later that evening, don’t miss the Chatham fireworks display that seem to get better each year! They begin when it’s dark–usually begin around 9:30pm. Both the music and fireworks take place at the Chatham Middle School, 480 Main Street.

Grab your family and experience the annual tradition that showcases the pride of Chatham and it’s surrounding communities as we celebrate our independence!

FYI:  Chatham Borough Police Department has noted that Main Street (Route 124) will be closed from 10:00am-1:00pm during the parade and is advising the public to plan alternate routes to avoid delays.

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Check Out Our Baby Back Ribs Recipe.

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