The Fourth Goes Forth

A summer without proper Independence Day celebrations? We’re never doing that again! These 8 towns are forging ahead with their festivities for America’s birthday.
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July 4, 2020 was almost un-American—no barbecues, no parades, no fireworks. No fun! But thankfully, the situation is rectified for 2021, because many local towns are forging ahead with their Independence Day celebrations as COVID restrictions and gathering limits are lifted across the state.

In fact, Rutherford already kicked off America’s birthday with a fireworks show at Memorial Field this past weekend. We love this photo from the festivities posted to Instagram by Maximilian Biukiewicz (@maxbziuk) of Mendham:



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Below are eight other July 4th celebrations in Bergen County, a sampling of programs to check out with your whole family over this upcoming holiday weekend:

  • Allendale, July 4, 8:30 a.m.–7:30 p.m. Daytime field events take place at Recreation Park, while a concert by the Community Band of Waldwick and fireworks will be held at Crestwood Lake.
  • East Rutherford, July 3–4, 10 p.m. at MetLife Stadium. State Fair Meadowlands will include a fireworks show on both nights.
  • Glen Rock, July 4, 9 a.m. This year’s parade theme is “The spirit of Glen Rock is Rock Solid.” The parade begins at 9 a.m. and will march from Borough Hall to the pool. There will also be a free concert on the lawn at Borough Hall the evening before on July 3 at 7 p.m.
  • Oradell, July 4, 10 a.m. The parade, featuring a special appearance from Bergen County Pipes And Drums, concludes at Memorial Field.
  • Lyndhurst, July 2, 6 p.m. Festivities begin behind the Little League fields on Riverside Avenue. The “Gala Fireworks Display” starts at dusk.
  • Paramus, July 4, 2–8:30 p.m. at Garden State Plaza. A daytime food truck festival that also has activities for the kids will be followed by fireworks at dusk.
  • Ridgefield Park, July 5, 7:45 a.m. A flag-raising program kicks off the village’s 127th annual celebration, which includes the Baby & Youth Parade and the main Civic Parade. And the fireworks are a go this year! The display starts at dusk at Veterans Field.
  • Ridgewood, July 5, 9 a.m. The village’s 111th Fourth of July Celebration begins with a flag-raising ceremony followed by a parade through downtown. For safety concerns, the fireworks show is cancelled this year.

Did we miss your town’s celebration? Let us know, and be sure to tag us (@bergenmagnj) in your Independence Day photos!

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