Letter to the Editor: The Decline of Riverton's 4th of July Parade

Local politicians not needed at children's parade—where are the actual children?

To the editor:

I've watched the Children's 4th of July parade in Riverton for many years now. On Wednesday, I saw this year's version and realized the decline in the entertainment value has reached its zenith.

Forty-seven fire trucks spewed diesel fumes and drowned out the bands with their sirens and horns.

Look, I am appreciative of the job our volunteer firefighters do, and believe they deserve all the accolades they get but, come on. A dozen or so trucks should be sufficient to make their point.

By the way, four or five carloads of local politicians is also not necessary. No entertainment there—just more campaigning. Enough already.

You want to meet the people? Get out of the convertibles and walk among the people. We need more bands and especially kids on decorated bicycles! Too much tail-wagging the dog inasmuch as we the people pay for these parades.

Robert Gwynn 
Riverton, NJ

Deborah Stevens July 09, 2012 at 02:37 PM
I was involved in setting up the first Mount Holly Day when I lived there in the 90's. At that time I was a stay at home mom, and organizing this one day took up so much of my time. I know the hard work it takes to put something like this together, and appreciate all the work the VOLUNTEERS do. I would have been there this year, but honestly, it was too darn hot....
Jennifer July 10, 2012 at 04:04 PM
We have lived in Cinnaminson for many many years and just this year went to the parade for the 1st time. I thought it was great. My young kids enjoyed the candy, loud fire trucks and old classic cars too. It was a great day and very well organized. People just like to complain because they have not much else to do. Keep up the great work and we look forward to attend next year.
Christine T July 10, 2012 at 07:44 PM
I grew up in Riverton and now live in Cinnaminson. I have not missed the parade in 35 years. I love it, my children love it and my entire family, inlaws and all come out every year. I know the tremendous amount of work that goes into it. The more the merrier. I actually thought the sirens were at a minimum this year. Thank you to all who spend your time on this every year. Keep up the good work. See you next year!!
Mike July 10, 2012 at 08:33 PM
Now I think I understand....Since Robert volunteered his time (to no avail.) and feels the parade committee has an agenda and has no interest in ideas different than theirs. Then perhaps Roberts "Letter to the Editor" is actually his version of revenge for not implementing his idea of perhaps (im going to go out on a limb here) less fire trucks that spew diesel fumes ? really.
Bob July 12, 2012 at 03:57 PM
We live in Riverton in the 60's, had two sons born while we were there and loved every minute of it. Riverton is a great town and the people who work to put on this affair are to be congratulated. It is unfortunate that there are so many people complaining but perhaps some of those things ( like sirens behind bands) can be considered next year. If there are less kids it may be because their parents do not make it important or fun enough. Enjoy your summer. Thanks to the volunteers who take the time to put this on each year.


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