Washington Celebrates America Names Grand Marshal

Robert "Bob" Detrick will act as Grand Marshal for the Washington Celebrates America parade on Monday, July 4.

Robert ‘Bob’ Detrick, who has been a phenomenal community leader in the Washington area for many years, has been named this year’s Grand Marshal for the Washington Celebrates America parade on July 4.

“We’re very excited about having Robert as our Grand Marshal,” said WCA Committee Chair Rich Maguire. “He is truly the type of person we look for as our Grand Marshall. He is all about community!”

The Washington Celebrates America festivities also include a Soap Box Derby for kids, an Old Fashioned Parade and Fireworks!

The American celebration is a longtime tradition for Washington – and it’s all free!

The fun kicks off in the morning with the Soap Box Derby on Broad Street. The parade steps off at 3 p.m. Once dusk sets, fireworks will light the evening. While waiting for the display, DJ Doc South will entertain at the Middle School.

Detrick Named Grand Marshal

Leading the parade will be Detrick. Born in Stroudsburg, Pa., 90 years ago, Detrick moved to Washington in 1938. He graduated from Washington High School in 1943 where he became the first of three generations of the Detrick family to win high school district wrestling championships.

After graduating from high school, Detrick served in the Navy during World War II. (His father Leroy was actually serving with the US Army at the same time!) After the war, Detrick got married and started a family. A graduate of the Churchman Business College, he worked in the Accounting Departments at both Tung Sol in Washington and Ingersoll in Phillipsburg, and served as Treasurer for Washington Township for many years. He also worked with many businesses and individuals in town.

His community involvement is extensive. He retired in 1988 after serving 27 years as the Business Manager for the Washington Township School District.

He was also involved with the Washington Township Youth Association (establishing and coaching baseball and wrestling in the ‘50s);  Roaring Rock Recreation Association – involved with other community members in establishing a community swimming pool in Brass Castle and served as president for a period of time; Central Warren Youth Association – worked with others in establishing youth program, served as President for a period of time; was a member and served in various capacities at the Episcopal, Assembly of God and the Missionary Alliance Churches in Washington.

He is currently a member of and very active with the Chapel of Warren Valley and loves sports. When he was 88, he accepted a challenge and sky dived with his son, grandson and great grandson!

Throughout his life, and now at the age of 90, he has valued most his relationship with God and his family which includes four children, four step-children, 11 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren.  Several members of his family have followed his example of community service.

Washington Celebrates America is made possible through the many devoted volunteers and financial donations made by businesses and community members.

“Without the help of a lot of dedicated people, we couldn’t do this,” said Maguire. “There are a lot of people to thank over the years; one person cannot do this job.”

For further information about Washington Celebrates America and how you can get involved, or to make a donation, call 908-689-0119.

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