Ridgewood’s Parade History

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1911 J. Calvin Bogert & His Mounted Staff   Glen Rock’s Float won First Prize
1912 J. Calvin Bogert & His Mounted Staff   Parade over a mile in length
1913 Mrs. C.B. Francisco and Miss Bopp led the procession followed by the equestrian division led by Marshall Bogert    
1914 J. B. Hopper    
1915 no parade   Dedication of the High School and an afternoon circus performance
1916 no parade   -Parade of children from the High School to the YMCA
-Public Dancing in the Plaza
1917 J.B. Hopper & his aide R.T. Wilson   Liberty Bazaar yields $5600 for the local Red Cross
1918 no parade   Victory Bazaar gross receipts exceed $10,000
1920 Bernard E. Hopper   Saw dust was sprinkled on Maple Avenue for a dance floor during the Evening Pagent
1921 Bernard E. Hopper with aide Eugene Bogert    
1922 Bernard E. Hopper   Bad weather cancelled the fireworks
1923 William W. Young   -Parade continued through the rain
-The Elks Club Float won First Prize
1924 Dr. H.A. Bonynge   15th Annual Celebration
30,000 spectators at the parade witnessed 5 Civil War veterans and the first showing of Ridgewood’s new ambulance
1925 Major John B. Hopper   -Ridgewood news headline included . . . “Splendid Police Work”
-Trick mule escaped from the afternoon children’s circus
1926 Major John B. Hopper   -Sesqui-centennial Anniversary of the Declaration of Independence
-35,000 in attendence
1927 Capt. C. Byron Lear   -One of the coldest July 4th’s on record
-“Lindy” impersonator (a Ridgewood P.O. employee) thrilled the crowds
1928 Capt. C. Byron Lear   -Rodeo program in the afternoon
-Fireworks postponed due to a late afternoon storm which soaked the field
1929 Capt. C. Byron Lear   According to the I.D.A. “general finacial cooperation was poor, the celebration barely broke even
1930 Major Austin D. Smith   A Zeppelin, the “Mayflower,” was scheduled to give rides, but was delayed in Maryland due to a storm
1931 Major Austin D. Smith   -Smaller celebration than in past years
-Ridgewood News article called it a “fine little parade.”
1932 Major Austin D. Smith   Rained throughout the Parade
1933     Due to the expense of a large parade and fireworks display the celebration was scaled back – a short parade followed the flag raising ceremony and in place of fireworks, there was a band concert and dance in Van Neste Square
1934 no parade   Flag raising ceremony is the only scheduled event
1935 Major Austin D. Smith   25th Annual Parade
Revived celebration complete with the traditional parade, circus and fireworks
1936 no parade    
1937 no parade   -Small flag raising ceremony
-Fireworks presented despite the threat of rain
1938 no parade   The Swiss Turners, a gymastics team, performed before the fireworks
1939     Very loud fireworks rattled windows several miles away
1950 Col. Austin D. Smith    
1951 Col. Austin D. Smith    
1952 Roger O. Gerhardt    
1953 Raymond Grignon    
1954 Col. Austin D. Smith    
1955     No Celebration due to a lack of funds
1956 Col. Austin D. Smith Benjamin Franklin  
1957 Col. Austin D. Smith    
1958 Col. Austin D. Smith    
1959 Col. Austin D. Smith    
1960   The Golden Parade 50th Annual Celebration
Anique Car & Model Airplane Meet followed the Parade
1961 Col. Austin Smith   Warner Bros. filmed the entire parade in color for a special Community Chest benefit
1962   Salute to the Astronauts First time the theme was clearly depicted in all the floats
1963 Col. Austin Smith    
1964 Col. Austin Smith New Jersey’s Tercentenary -Rained before and during the Parade
-1st Annual Drum & Bugle Corps competition before the fireworks
1966     Hottest July 4th in memory
1967 Col. Austin Smith   Fireworks postponed due to rain during the Drum & Bugle Corps competition
1968   Independence Day for All-Now and Forever Chairman of the Parade reported disappointing donations and a general feeling of apathy about the celebration
1969     New flagpole at Citizen’s Bank recognized during the Parade
1970   Red, White & Blue Drum display prior to the Fireworks
1971   America the Beautiful Police Chief reports that the July 4th activities are growing too large for the Ridgewood Police Department to participte in as well as patrol
1974   America — 13 to 50  
1975 Donald Stevenson, an ex-Villager We’ve Only Just Begun 65th Annual Parade
Theme signals the start of the Bicentennial year in the Village
1976 William Pearston, a long-time Village resident who served for 36 years in the Ridgewood Parks & Recreation Deptartment American We Salute You  
1977 Herb Bennett New Jersey, the Garden State Celebration marred by fireworks throwing incidents
1978 Jeanett Taylor A Glorious Fourth Coldest, wettest July 4th on record
1979 Mr. & Mrs. John Camblin Salute to Progress &nbsp
1980 Edward Madama (A 60 year member of the American Legion who served in the Mexican Border conflict) A Salute to Veterans 70th Annual Parade
1981 Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin A Nation Of Aviators  
1982 Bobby Thompson, played for the NY Giants and hit the “shot heard ’round the world” tobeat the Dodgers in a playoff game Great Moments in Sports  
1983 Samuel H. Ackerman Many Americans – One Nation -Special Guest: Harrie I. Davis, Native American from Mahwah
-54 people sworn in as US Citizens at Village Hall before the Parade
1984 Lulu Eisenhauer Imagination on Parade  
1985   The 75th Annual 75th Annual Parade
Fireman’s Fourth  
  Special Guest: Ethel Maratene, original parader from 1910
1986 Walter Lascar & Bob Livingston (former Parade Chairmen) Symbols of Freedom Special Guest: Kenneth Taylor, former Canadian Ambassador and “the hero of the Iranian hostage crisis”
1987 John Pizzarelli, Saddle River musician who performed “I Like Jersey Best” and Joseph Cosgriff who wrote the song I Like Jersey Best  
1988 Irene & William Kuipers American Ingenuity  
1989   Today’s Youth – Tomorrow’s Future  
1990 Juanita Tobin, a well-known local poet formerly of Ridgewood The Bill of Rights The annual celebration continued with the Parade, the fireworks were cancelled due to security issues
1991 Charlotte Adams Celebrate America Fireworks Returned!
Gulf War veterans march and ride floats with their families
1992   Columbus: the Great Explorer The Parade went o
n while the fireworks were again cancelled sue to security issues
1993 Joe Perillo, a 39 year veteran of the Ridgewood Police Department    
1994   Celebrate Ridgewood Ridgewood celebrates 100 years!
1996   Honor America Special Guests:
Chris Borgen – Broadcaster, newsman
Beverly Bower – Former Met Diva, teacher, Rodland scholoarship member
Harlan Coben – Author
Sgt. Major Peter De Vries – Most decorated Sgt. Major
Denise Navaro – Speical Olympian Al & Caryn Cone Vanderbush – Al served in the military, retired as a Colonel and now teaches at West Point. Caryn is an Olympian swimmer and Silver Medalist.
Lindsay White & Allison Wojcik – twirlers who have won many national awards
1997 Retired Fire Chief Francis X. Nolan Celebrate Service…. 100th Anniversary of the Ridgewood Fire Department
A Fireman’s Fourth Very Special Guest: Fire Chief Robert D. Missel
  Special Guests: Retired Members of the RFD
1998 All American Kids: Kids who contribute to making America what it is The American Way  
1999 Chris Borgen A Century Of American Memories  
2000 Makenzie Brooks America Dream On Mackenzie Brooks is the 2000 national representative of the March of Dimes.Special Guests:Garrett E. Reisman NASA AstronautEdward N. Ryan, Jr. Technical Training Instructor at JFK Space CenterIrine Fokine, Dance Instructor Extraordinaire
2002   Our Flag was Still There Honoring police, fire and service men and women for their work at Ground Zero after the September 11 attacks
2003   Good Old Summertime  
2006   Star Spangled Sports  
2009 David F. Bolger 50 States, One Nation  
2010   100 Years of Supporting the Tradition 100th Annual Parade
2011   Celebrate the Constitution Congressman Scott Garrett donated 500 copies of the Constitution so one could be given to every 5th greader in town
2012   Born in New Jersey  
2013 Thornton “Thorny” Lockwood/ William Bartlett Honoring Our Declaration of Independence Govenor of NJ Chris Christie was a last minute Special Guest for the parade
2014 Flag of 1814 The Star Spangled Banner, 1814-2014  
2015 Charlotte Samuels American Innovation 105th Annual Parade
2016   America the Beautiful – Celebrating 100 Years of our National Parks No Grand Marshall Special Guests: The Women Gardeners of Ridgewood and The Hobbyists of Ridgewood
2017 Bob Paoli Honoring Those Who Serve Perfect weather, excellent turn out for the fireworks
2018 Ciaran Sheehan Rockin Ridgewood: Celebrating All-American Music Thunderstorms threatened fireworks and gate opening was slightly delayed but all went well in the end
2019 David Madden: Ridgewood ‘s Jeopardy Champion “All-American Summer” Beautiful day, fireworks show ended two minutes early due to a minor malfunction
2020 Planned to be Olympic Medal Winner Carin Cone Theme was to be: “The Olympics: Go Team USA”  Only flag raising hosted.  No parade, evening entertainment or fireworks due to COVID-19 pandemic
2021 Feed the Frontlines “Stronger Together” Flag raising and parade on Monday, July 5.  No fireworks due to ongoing Covid-19 pandemic concerns