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“America the Beautiful – Celebrating 100 Years of our National Parks” Ridgewood’s 106th annual Ridgewood Fourth of July Celebration


Jerry , with Congressman Scott Garrett presenting Korean War Veteran and Wanaque resident Thomas Falato with an award at the Ridgewood 4th parade 2015

May 1st 2016

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Ridgewood Nj, The Ridgewood Fourth of July Celebration Committee is sad to announce the passing of Gerald “Jerry” DeSimone on February 10, 2016.  Jerry served as committee president beginning in 1977  with a passion that was instrumental in making the Ridgewood 4th of July Celebration what is is today.  We would like to thank all of the donors for their pledges in Jerry’s honor.

The Ridgewood Fourth of July Celebration is an all volunteer, community funded event that receives no direct funding from the Village of Ridgewood.  In addition to our generous sponsors and to ensure our tradition continues we need your support! Donate Now at the link below:


Please join us for the 106th annual Ridgewood Fourth of July Celebration on Monday, July 4th, 2016.

The theme for the Parade this year is “America the Beautiful – Celebrating 100 Years of our National Parks”  Our theme this year honors the creation of the National Park Service through the Organic Act of 1916 signed by President Woodrow Wilson and originated by President Theodore Roosevelt.

Each year, the Fourth of July Celebration Committee chooses a theme that celebrates a certain aspect of American history or culture. The theme also serves as the basis for the float competition held among the town’s elementary schools.

Thank you for your continued support of this great tradition!

-The Ridgewood Fourth of July Celebration Commite

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Got Freedom? Thank a Veteran


Got Freedom? Thank a Veteran
NJ Tea Party Coalition

On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 an armistice between Germany and the Allied nations came into effect. On November 11, 1919, Armistice Day was commemorated for the first time.

In 1919, President Wilson proclaimed the day should be “filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory”. There were plans for parades, public meetings and a brief suspension of business activities at 11am.

In 1926, the United States Congress officially recognized the end of World War I and declared that the anniversary of the armistice should be commemorated with prayer and thanksgiving. The Congress also requested that the president should “issue a proclamation calling upon the officials to display the flag of the United States on all Government buildings on November 11 and inviting the people of the United States to observe the day in schools and churches, or other suitable places, with appropriate ceremonies of friendly relations with all other peoples.”

An Act (52 Stat. 351; 5 U. S. Code, Sec. 87a) was approved on May 13, 1938, which made November 11 in each year a legal holiday, known as Armistice Day. This day was originally intended to honor veterans of World War I.

 A few years later, World War II required the largest mobilization of service men in the history of the United States and the American forces fought in Korea. In 1954, the veterans service organizations urged Congress to change the word “Armistice” to “Veterans”.

Congress approved this change and on June 1, 1954,

November 11 became a day to honor all American veterans, where ever and whenever they had served.

The following is a list of Veterans Day discounts on restaurants, goods, services and events for 2014.

Eight Ways to Express Appreciation on Veterans Day: