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1991 parade float, "Celebrate America," an eagle hatching from an egg
1991 Parade float "Celebrate America". Photo courtesy Ridgewood Fourth of July Committee, Inc.

Fourth of July Ridgewood Parade

A day-long event featuring a flag-raising ceremony at Village Hall, a parade with 2,500 participants and more than 20,000 spectators, evening entertainment at Veterans Field, and a fireworks display. This celebration originated in 1910 when local newspapers, the Women's Club, and the fire department joined forces to encourage a "safe and sane" holiday with an emphasis on patriotism. The project is documented with a decade-by-decade history of the Ridgewood celebration and 30 8 x 10 color photographs.

Originally submitted by: Marge Roukema, Representative (5th District).

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The Local Legacies project provides a "snapshot" of American Culture as it was expressed in spring of 2000. Consequently, it is not being updated with new or revised information with the exception of "Related Website" links.

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