Ridgewood’s Celebration History
The Ridgewood Fourth of July Celebration began in 1910 when the local papers, the civic section of the Woman’s Club and the Ridgewood Fire Department joined forces to create a “safe and sane ” holiday with an emphasis on Patriotism! The day began with a parade. Pictures of early parades show bands, antique cars, horse drawn floats and many fire trucks. The day concluded with fireworks and a dance in Van Neste Park.
This tradition has continued in every year except 1955 when disappointing financial support by residents made the celebration fiscally impossible. The celebration resumed in 1956.
In 1990 and 1992 no fireworks were held due to security issues. Happily those issues were resolved, and we are able to continue enjoying the fireworks!
In 2020 the parade and fireworks were cancelled due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. In 2021 the parade returned but due to ongoing concerns over large crowds the fireworks were cancelled.
2022 Executive Board
President — Tara Masterson
Vice President — Chris Raimondi
Secretary — Leigh Gilsenan
Treasurer — Schuyler Saltiel