The Village of Ridgefield Park is the quintessential All American Town. For the last 120 years, our Village, rooted in family and community, has celebrated our country's birthday. The Fourth of July is our longest and deepest tradition.
The Ridgefield Park Fourth of July Parade and Celebration, founded in 1894 is one of the oldest parades in the United States, and the oldest in New Jersey. The Ridgefield Park Fourth of July Citizens Committee prepares for the day's events months ahead of time. Many organizations, schools, churches and families also plan for the day's activities. Invitations are sent to organizations in and outside the community to participate. Emergency Service Units prepare for every possible occurrence so that residents and visitors to the Village can relax and enjoy the day. The Mayor and Commissioners welcome all to our Village for these events. During the day, decorated homes and businesses are judged and prizes awarded.
There are two contests before the July 4th Celebration:
The Program Cover Art Contest opened to the students attendingRidgefield Park School system. Grades K-6th in the odd year and 7th-12th in the even year. The 1st place winning picture appears on the front cover and the 2nd place winner appears on the inside of the program.
The Home and Business Decorating Contest requires a registration form which will be available on this website. Decorated Homes are judged by out-of-town judges in Most Patriotic, Attractive, Creative, and Original categories and an award for the best Decorated Business.
Our day begins at 7:30 am at Euclid Ave. and Mt. Vernon St. with the reading of the Declaration of Independence and then at 7:45, the Flag Raising Ceremony by the Boy and Girl Scouts. Fire Department and Emergency Units present their personnel and equipment for inspection.
The Baby & Youth Parade, first of two parades, begins at 9am at Poplar St. and Euclid Ave.. Honor students lead the parade. This parade consists of village and visiting children, who walk, ride in decorated carriages, elaborate floats or personally decorated bicycles. You will see red, white, blue and lots of patriotism on this day. Prizes are awarded and a grand time is had by all.
The Civic Parade steps off promptly at 11:30 at Preston St. and Hudson Ave.. A Grand Marshal, selected from our community, leads the parade. Fraternal and village organizations, youth and sporting associations, bands and visitors march with pride. Village residents and visitors have enjoyed this event for over a century. Thousands participate and even more enjoy this magnificent parade from the sidelines. Again, awards are presented in numerous categories.
The evening program and fireworks display has been cancelled, hopefully, we can again present this part of our celebration in the coming years.
This is the Spirit of America....!!!
The Ridgefield Park Fourth of July Citizen's Committee meets in the Municipal Building, 234 Main Street, Ridgefield Park at 7:30 PM. The meeting dates for 2014 are as follows: January 27, February 24, March 24, April 28, May 19 (voting) June 2, and June 23.
For information, email Chairman John Tymon at LLTJJT@aol.com