Happy Birthday America….



This home on Lake Shore Drive is all decorated for the much celebrated holiday, Independence Day.

During the American Revolution, the legal separation of the Thirteen Colonies from Great Britain occurred on July 2, 1776, when the Second Continental Congress voted to approve a resolution of independence that had been proposed in June by Richard Henry Lee of Virginia declaring the United States independent from Great Britain. After voting for independence, Congress turned its attention to the Declaration of Independence, a statement explaining this decision, which had been prepared by a Committee of Five, with Thomas Jefferson as its principal author. Congress debated and revised the wording of the Declaration, finally approving it on July 4. A day earlier, John Adams had written to his wife Abigail:

The second day of July, 1776, will be the most memorable epoch in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more.

Adams’s prediction was off by two days. From the outset, Americans celebrated independence on July 4, the date shown on the much-publicized Declaration of Independence, rather than on July 2, the date the resolution of independence was approved in a closed session of Congress.

In Parsippany, the celebration starts after sundown with the annual Parsippany-Troy Hills Fireworks Display celebrating the independence of our nation at Parsippany Hills High School, 20 Rita Drive. In addition, “Street Hassle” will perform live starting at 7:30 p.m.

Street Hassle is a 14 piece band with 6 horns and 3 female vocalists and they pride themselves on keeping it real.

Street Hassle is a “Powerful Horn Band” with skilled area musicians that enjoy performing interpretations of Classic Rock, Blues, Motown and Pop. They are energetic and an entertainingly enjoyable band.

In order to insure the safety and welfare of all in attendance, the following safety measures will be in effect:

-Alcoholic beverages, coolers, pets, fireworks and bicycles are strictly prohibited at the event. Those individuals found in possession of prohibited property will be ejected from the event and possibly receive a summons.
-All bags and packages brought to the event may be subject to search by law enforcement.
-All traffic exiting the event by the way of Rita Drive will exit Rita Drive to Littleton Road (Route 202) north bound.
-All traffic exiting the event from Brooklawn Drive to Littleton Road (Route 202) will be directed onto Littleton Road (Route 202) south bound.
-Littleton Road (Route 202) will be closed to all through traffic from Halsey Road to Park Road in both directions from 9:45 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
-Due to the heavy volume of traffic, any vehicles found parked in normally prohibited area or in a marked emergency prohibited parking zone will be subject to summons and possibly towed and impounded. There will be no parking permitted on Brooklawn Drive or Rita Drive.
-Additional parking will be permitted at Littleton School as well as Brooklawn Middle School.

In the event of cancellation due to inclement weather, the event will be held on Friday, July 5 at the same time and location with the above listed safety measures in effect.
The concert is sponsored in part by a generous donation from PSE&G.