It is with a heavy heart that we announce the cancellation of the Washington Township 4th of July Parade and Fireworks. Mayor Gattinelli and Town Council brought back the 4th of July parade in 2017 after many years of its absence. Resurrecting this long-standing tradition was a joyous moment for all of our residents, which makes this decision even harder. We have attempted, in the midst of a global pandemic, to navigate the logistics of planning an event that many thousands of people attend every year. Unfortunately, given the Governor’s Executive Order, we feel it would be impossible to host our annual celebration safely and legally. Another factor considered when making this very difficult decision was that our surrounding towns have also canceled their festivities, which could have increased our attendance by thousands more and made it that much more difficult to manage under the current restrictions.
Organizing an event of this size requires the coordination of numerous entities including vendors, suppliers, volunteers, police, fire and ambulance personnel. This event cannot be organized overnight, it takes many months to plan. Surely there will be much disappointment by the cancellation of these festivities. We hope you all understand that given the circumstances we didn’t have any other choice. Rest assured that we will be back, next year, better than ever on July 4th. Until then, stay safe and healthy Washington Township.