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How to Celebrate the 4th of July in Ridgewood NJ

Ridgewood’s 4th of July Celebration is a Beloved Annual Tradition: Flag Raising, Parade, Evening Celebration, and Fireworks

Schedule of Events:
9am Flag Raising, Wilsey Square
10am Parade begins at North Monroe Street and Godwin Avenue
6pm Gates open for Evening Celebration – music, food trucks, and more, including…
9pm FIREWORKS at Veterans Field

Ridgewood’s 4th of July celebration consistently ranks near the top of local favorite traditions. We’ve put together all of the necessary information – as well as some history and fun facts – for you to enjoy this beloved tradition in our village.


It has been going strong for 114 years! The first celebration occurred in 1910.  A full history of the event can be found here: Ridgewood 4th of July History




The annual flag raising kicks off the celebration in a patriotic way. It takes place at Wilsey Square near the train station. Here is the 2024 order of events:

2024 Flag Raising Order of Events

Committee Welcome

Ridgewood Village Council Address by Mayor Paul Vagianos

Recognition of 2024 Special Guests – 2024 Team USA Athletes Mitchell Saron & Filip Dolegiewicz

Flag Raising by Ridgewood American Legion Post 53

“To the Colors” – Performed by Trevor Steelman

“The Star Spangled Banner” – Performed by Cole Bellorgey

Ridgewood 4th of July

Ridgewood 4th of July



All elementary schools get involved and create a themed float to be featured in the parade. You’ll see students and their families proudly walking alongside their creations to show off their school spirit and their dedication to the community.

Each year has a theme celebrating a certain aspect of American culture and tradition – this year, the theme is “United We Play,” and the float and flag raising will follow this theme. This theme is especially relevant with the Olympics happening later this summer!

The celebration often includes and honors national heroes – in 1981, famed astronaut Buzz Aldrin came!

The parade goes through the heart of town and honors students, servicemen and women, police officers and firefighters from Ridgewood and surrounding areas, local athletes, and features plenty of music and classic cars.

You’ll be sure to notice the dedication of local village residents and their families! People start lining their chairs along the parade route a week in advance to claim the perfect spot to watch the festivities.






After the parade, residents enjoy the day at our local parks, Graydon pool, or family BBQs. Then, they gather at Veterans Park for the evening festivities. This year, gates open at 6pm for food vendors, live music, and ice cream. Fireworks will begin at approximately 9pm!

It NEVER disappoints. Buy tickets online ahead of time for a discount here or you can purchase tickets at the gate.



Ridgewood’s 4th of July Celebration is a non-profit, all volunteer organization that relies on sponsors, private donations and fireworks ticket sales to fund the day’s festivities, security and all other costs.

To learn more about Ridgewood, visit our website: The Gubb Team Website

For more information, visit the official Ridgewood Fourth of July website: 

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