Ridgewood's Celebration History


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YEAR
GRAND MARSHAL
THEME
NOTES
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
1919
 
 
 
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
1940
 
 
 
1941
 
 
 
1942
 
 
 
1943
 
 
 
1944
 
 
 
1945
 
 
 
1946
 
 
 
1947
 
 
 
1948
 
 
 
1949
 
 
 
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
1965
 
 
 
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
1972
 
 
 
1973
 
 
 
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
 
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
Fireman's Fourth
75th Annual Parade

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
 
 
 
1995
 
 
 
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....
A Fireman's Fourth
100th Anniversary of the Ridgewood Fire Department


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 Astronaut

Edward N. Ryan, Jr. Technical Training Instructor at JFK Space Center

Irine Fokine, Dance Instructor Extraordinaire