If there is only one parade that is, surely, never slept through, it is the Moorestown Fourth of July parade. , the parade featured many businesses and organizations in the community, while also displaying plenty of patriotism.
Karen Murray served as the driver for . Yet the parade not only honored Sell, but all former citizens who have once held the title.
“I consider it an honor to be part of the community and celebrate the freedoms we have,” said Murray.
Even in the hot sun, crowds lined every street—from Chester Avenue to Main Street—to watch the hour-long parade.
Karen and Bob Sweerus have worked as postal workers in Moorestown for 24 and 25 years, respectively. They sat with their two grandchildren along Chester Avenue as Karen Sweerus recalled when her old mail route consisted of going down the parade line.
She said it's great to see members of the community in her off-time and noted that while many people may go to Cherry Hill or Maple Shade for the fireworks, they always come to Moorestown for the parade.
“It’s like a second home,” she explained.
An array of organizations came out for the event, including local Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops, South Jersey Enduro Riders, and the . Even the Polish American String Band was on hand to play the entire length of the parade.
"I come for the sense of community, and getting to see friends and family,” said Dawn Schweiker, of Moorestown.
In addition to being a Moorestown resident, Schweiker has a husband and two sons who serve as firefighters here.
The parade concluded with roughly 10 to 12 fire trucks and paramedic vehicles riding down Main Street, blaring their sirens. The loud bellow of the horns was enough to make 5-year-old Jacqueline Hager cover her ears.
“It’s all about her being happy, looking at the bands … and candy,” said her mother Jessica.
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