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Your Guide to the 4th of July

What's open, what's closed, and when the parade starts.

Wednesday, July 4 is Independence Day, the day Americans celebrate the approval of the Declaration of Independence by the Second Continental Congress in Philadelphia.

The 58th annual Fourth of July parade begins at 10:30 at the intersection of Main Street and Hillside Avenue and will proceed west to Chatham Middle School, where the picnic and, later, fireworks show will take place.

Main Street will be closed to traffic from 10 a.m. to noon.

Wondering what else to expect as you wake up on Wednesday?

  • is closed
  • State and local government offices and courts are closed, including the  and the .
  • Post offices are closed; there will be no regular mail delivery.
  • Banks have the option to close.
  • Financial and stock markets are closed.
  • NJ Transit trains will run on an major holiday/weekend schedule.
  • Bus schedules will vary by route and some routes may be affected.
  • PATH trains will operate on a Sunday schedule.

Most businesses will close Wednesday for the holiday. Several stores, however, will remain open in case you run out of beverages, ice, snacks or food for your grill.

Here are their hours:

  •  never closes and can be contacted by phone or online.
  • , 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • , 5 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • , 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • r, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • , 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • on Main Street in Chatham Borough, 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • CVS Pharmacy in the Hickory Square Shopping Center in Chatham Township., 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • in Madison, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • , 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • , 7 a.m. to 2. p.m.
  • in Madison, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • in Madison, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

If you're heading to the pool, for some safety tips.

Chatham Patch wishes you a happy and healthy Fourth of July!

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