I drove over the Parsippany Hills High School, about 6:50 p.m., to see the annual July 4th celebration. As usual I was met at a check point by the Parsippany’s Finest, and when they saw my Disabled Veteran placard they directed me to the proper parking area.
When I got out of my vehicle there was waiting for me and others, who might have trouble making the climb to the baseball fields on the upper levels, a modified golf cart, in a minute or so I and my trusty fishing chair were on the upper level of PHHS.
I staked out a spot about fifty yards from the band stand and relaxed, fifteen minutes later the BEST band that we have ever had at a July 4th concert started to play … the band “Overboard” was actually great, and that is coming from a guy who has seen many, many cover bands in his days.
This band played for two solid hours, how the lead singer did not pass out from the heat was beyond me, but he never faltered, after a while I was joined by the largest crowd ever at this event. There was over 7,000 people, all loving the music, a large group of people dancing their hearts out, and the weather cooperating.
When the band finished, on came patriotic music, and the fireworks started, they were AMAZING and the BEST in all of Morris County this year. Close to 10:00 p.m. the fireworks ended and all 7,000 people started leaving at the same time. A slight distraction for three solid hours of music and fireworks.
Now, I know other towns had fireworks, but Parsippany out does them all!! The Police Department, the Fire Department, Emergency Services, Ambulance Squads, CERT, Office of Emergency Management and of course Department of Parks and Forestry and Public Works, they ALL did a great job … Not easy to get 7000 people at different times, but harder to leave..
When the night ended there were over 7,000 extremely happy people celebrating the birthday of this wonderful place, America.
So, next year, if you live in any other town in Morris County and you want to be at the BEST July 4th Celebration, well you have to be in Parsippany-Troy Hills.
Thanks to “Overboard” and to MCC Blue who was a major sponsor for this magnificent event. To all the Town of Parsippany workers on duty last night, a BIG Thank You from someone who enjoyed his July 4th American birthday Party. A longtime resident of Parsippany.
Stephen J. Roman Sr.