Mantoloking celebrates Fourth of July

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Grand Marshal Connie Pilling. PHOTO BY RYAN WELSH.

MANTOLOKING —  Per Mantoloking tradition, the township celebrated the Fourth of July with two days of events that underscored residents’ community pride.

“July Fourth activities bring the small town closer together,” said event chair Lisa D’Alessandro. “All would agree, this is a very special place to be on July 4, a scene that Norman Rockwell could paint event today and represent the morals and values of his times.

The two-day celebration began Monday, July 3 with a townwide dinner that drew 475 guests to the Mantoloking Yacht Club, according to Ms. D’Alessandro, followed by the Mantoloking Memorial Mile on July 4, honoring two late residents Casie Kerr and Chrissy D’Alessandro who were avid runners.

“We had a record turnout for the mile at roughly 175 participants, adults and kids, which is actually almost 2 miles,” Ms. D’Alessandro said.

A group of mermaids rode along the first-place float, “Manto Mermaid ‘Save Barnegat Bay.’” PHOTO BY RYAN WELSH.

The focal point of the day — the annual Fourth of July Parade — drew “a great turn out and participation again this year,” Ms. D’Alessandro said.

“Connie Piling, a pillar of Mantoloking was our grand marshall and the entire club and town is included in this spectacular event for which the police close down Route 35,” Ms. D’Alessandro said.

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