Red, white, and blue fireworks light up the night sky for Ridgefield Park's July 4th firework celebration at Veterans Park on Monday, July 5th, 2021. (Photo/Julian Leshay)
Ridgefield Park held its 127th Annual July 4th celebration this past Monday on July 5th. Every year, crowds of people align their chairs along the sidewalk of Main Street and eagerly await the start of the parade. Even though the adult parade is the most popular event of the day, the celebration started hours before at 7:30 am with a public reading of a portion of the Declaration of Independence. Then an annual inspection of one of the volunteer fire departments in town brings the day to the start of the baby and youth parade where prizes and awards were given out. Once all those events went smoothly, the big parade started at approximately 11:30 am.
A boy waves an American Flag as he watches Ridgefield Park's 127th Annual July 4th parade on Monday, July 5th, 2021. (Photo/Julian Leshay)
The parade, very different from last year's parade during the pandemic, was cheerful and exciting. Leading off the parade were Bergen County police officers closely followed by a visit from New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy and his wife Tammy Murphy. The town strives for the parade to be inclusive as possible while balancing adding new participants and organizations while keeping older traditions alive.
New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy waves at people lining the sidewalks during Ridgefield Park's 127th Annual July 4th parade on Monday, July 5th, 2021. (Photo/Julian Leshay)
Here is just a handful of the parade participants featuring new additions and classic staples.
Grand Marshal - Mr. Gerard Garofalow
Ridgefield Park Board of Education and Honor Students
Passaic Highschool Marching Band
Rising Sun Academy
Ridgefield Park Baseball and Soccer Organizations
Garden State Region Mustang Club
Fogo Azul NYC Bateria
RP Storm Competition Cheering
Classic Rock Stars c/o Dzieci Theatre
Won Buddhism of New Jersey
Ridgefield Park Volunteer Fire Department and Ambulance Corp
Visiting Fire Departments, Ambulance Corps, and Rescue Squads
To close out Ridgefield Park's day of celebration, a jaw-dropping firework show was set off at Veteran's Park in town. Older parade-goers would remember having fireworks every year on July 4th, but due to budget cuts, the last show was 13 years ago. Sponsored by the Ridgefield Park-Bogota Rotary Club on their 100th Anniversary of becoming an organization. They also held a raffle where one lucky recipient will be receiving $25,000. Preceding the firework show was a performance by the Rutherford Community Band and the singing out the National Anthem by history teacher and SNL performer Robert Bannon, who grew up in Ridgefield Park.
More Images of Ridgefield Park's July 4th, 2021 celebration below.
All Photos © Julian Leshay 2021
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