Mayor Mapp distributing flags to youngsters
along Independence Day Parade route.
Onlookers enjoy the parade in the shade of their umbrellas.
Plainfield celebrates Independence Day on Saturday (July 2) with its annual parade, concert and fireworks. This year's theme is "Our Seniors, Our Foundation" and the grand marshals are Dr. Inez Durham and Mr. Robert Wilson.
The parade steps off at East Front Street and Johnston Avenue at 10:15 AM. The day is expected to be sunny, with temperatures around 80° -- perfect parade weather.
In addition to the marching units, there are always vendors hawking everything from Italian ices to (if you know where to look) delicious barbecue.
The free concert in the afternoon gets under way at 5:00 PM in Cedar Brook Park. The concert is headlined by famed soul group The Delfonics and hip-hop artist Rahzel (formerly of The Roots). Local acts will also perform. Food vendors will be on hand. Bring blankets or lawn chairs to enjoy the concert.
Fireworks get under way at about 9:25 PM, always a thrill for the young ones.
-- Dan Damon [follow]