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111th Annual Ridgewood Fourth of July Celebration Monday, July 5, 2021


photo by Boyd Loving

the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Ridgewood NJ, please join Ridgewood Fourth of July Celebration, Inc. for our 111th Annual Celebration Flag raising and Parade on Monday, July 5, 2021. 

At 9 am the annual flag raising in Wilsey Square starts The Ridgewood Fourth of July Celebration off in true patriotic style.  The event includes a short program based on the theme of each year’s parade and a traditional flag raising.  Throughout the history of the celebration the parade and firework portions have on occasion been forgone due to funding or security concerns however the flag raising has occurred without interruption since the start of the committee in 1910.   This year join your fellow patriots in the longest continually celebrated tradition in the history of The  Ridgewood Fourth of July Celebration.

2021 Flag Raising Order of Events

Committee Welcome – Paul Felice

Ridgewood Mayor Susan Knudsen Address

Recognition of 2021 Special Guests “Feed the Frontlines”

Flag Raising by Ridgewood American Legion Post 53

“To the Colors”

Performed by Zack Boesch

“The Star Spangled Banner”

Performed by Francesca Alvidrez

The Fourth of July Parade begins 10:00am. As we celebrate the history of our great nation, we also want to take the opportunity to celebrate the strength, resilience and unity of our community throughout the challenges of the past 15 months. The theme of this year’s celebration is “Stronger Together”

The parade will begin at 10 a.m. on the corner of South Monroe Street and Goodwin Ave and continue down Goodwin, across the train tracks, down East Ridgewood Ave, until North Maple Ave. Participants will pass the grandstand on North Maple, turn down Linwood Ave, and end at the Graydon parking lot.

2021 Parade Participants

1936 Chevy Pick- Up

1937 Plymouth Coupe

Allendale Fire Department

American Legion Post #53

American Merchant Marines Veterans NJ Chapter

Assemblyman Christopher DePhillips

Blue Star Familes/Gold Star Mothers

Congressman Josh Gottheimer

Daughters of the American Revolution – Saddle River Chapter

Downes Forest Products(Sponsor)

The Franklin Band

Feed the Frontlines: Helping Those in Need

Hawes Elementary School

Ho Ho Kus Volunteer Fire Department

Historic Military Vehicles

Illumination Twirlers

Jamboree Scholarship Fund

Jersey Brass Band

Knights of Columbus #1736

League of Women Voters of Ridgewood

Mahwah Company 4 Fire Department

Marine Corps League Detachment 1211

Meyers Max Dune Buggies

Midland Park Fire Department

Miss Liberty, Abby Dell’Aglio

Motor Corps of Salaam Shrine

Mr. Corvair

NJ Polka Band

Orchard Elementary School

Pageant Queens

Palisades Park Fire Department Band

Ramsey Rescue Squad

Ridge Elementary School

Ridgewood Board of Education

Ridgewood Chinese American Association

Ridgewood Emergency Services

Ridgewood Fire Department

Ridgewood Alumni Association

Ridgewood High School Marching Band

Ridgewood Percussion Ensemble- The Babalus

Ridgewood Police Department

Ridgewood Village Council – Mayor Susan Knudsen

Ridgewood Village Council – Deputy Mayor Michael A. Sedon

Ridgewood Village Council – Bernadette Coghlan Walsh

Ridgewood Village Council – Pamela Perron

Ridgewood Village Council – Lorraine Reynolds

Ridgewood Village Manager – Heather Mailander

Saddle River Fire Department

Shore Brass Band

Somerville Elementary School

Travell Elementary School

Valley Hospital

Waldwick Band

Waldwick Volunteer Fire Department

Willard Elementary School

Valley Hospital (Sponsor)

The Ridgewood Fourth of July Celebration is a non-profit, all volunteer organization that relies on sponsors, private donations and fireworks ticket sales to fund the day’s festivities, security and all other costs.

2021 Sponsors


18 thoughts on “111th Annual Ridgewood Fourth of July Celebration Monday, July 5, 2021

  1. How come no fire works .

  2. Thanks for posting.
    If not for the blog I wouldn’t be able to know the schedule.
    I went to the town website and there was no mention of the parade, times, dates or fireworks cancellations.
    The town website needs to allow some middle school students to show management how to have a decent useful website. what a disgrace .

  3. This year’s fireworks had to be scheduled in early April with a large deposit and with enough time to obtain federal permits for explosives. In April the CDC guidelines were not permitting large outdoor gatherings and without a clear idea on what July would look like the committee could not safely plan the event. As far as fundraising goes, parade fees are a small portion of the funds raised to make the Fourth of July possible every year. Most revenue comes from fireworks tickets sales and the generous donations of businesses and residents. We receive no direct funding from the Village. Every year we cannot make this event happen without community support.

  4. Valley,

  5. It’s amazing we get more information from the Ridgewood blog been anywhere else.

  6. is the parade a secret? zero communication from the town….no website posting, emails, etc.

  7. will the boe participate virtually?

  8. Other towns have fireworks – they figured it out.

    Ridgewood has just become a town that is unable to deliver.

  9. The July 4 festivities are not run by the town, but by volunteers. All the information is here:

  10. They are saving a tremendous amount of money on overtime. We just hope that people take their chairs back home with them. Not like in the past they bring their old garden chairs put them out ,tie them up ,utilize them for the parade and then leave them there. Right. Real low class.

  11. There aren’t any chairs out this year. Was the parade canceled..?

  12. Funny how neighboring towns figured it out! Big fail all around.. Useless 4th of July committee committee, useless mayor and council.. In all seriousness get it together Ridgewood, from unavailable sports fields to no fireworks the town is quickly declining and becoming a laughing stock in Bergen county!

  13. I love how the fireworks committee or the so-called Fourth of July committee posted crying. I thought we lived in Ridgewood, the Mecca, the town that everybody wants to be, well obviously that’s all going by the wayside now! Start thinking outside the box before fireworks and Ridgewood are a thing of the past after all we are the laughingstock of all the neighboring towns and it’s just getting worse. How about asking all the high density residence to pay for the fireworks! After all they don’t pay any goddamn property taxes and use all our services!

  14. Lack of interest.

    No fireworks, parade is on Monday the 5th and no communication. Awful organization/process.

  15. Saw Ramon Hache before the parade riding in the back of a pickup truck bearing his name but no title. Does he still hold an office in Ridgewood?

  16. Ramon is a Bergen County Freeholder. No title in RIdgewood.

  17. The new WOKE Ridgewood already celebrated “Independence” day in JUNE.

    The no longer have any interest in JULY 4th

    Welcome to Ridgewood.
    Now Shut up and Pay Up.

  18. The turnout was nowhere near like years ago.

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