Ridgefield Park continues longtime Fourth of July tradition

Ridgefield Park hosted its 116th Fourth of July celebration today.

The celebration, founded in 1894, is one of the oldest parades in the United States and the oldest in New Jersey, according to the Ridgefield Park Fourth of July Citizens Committee.

Festivities included a flag-raising ceremony, a kid's parade and the civic parade. Florence Hills, a resident of the village for 58 years, served as the parade's grand marshal.

Officials say the evening fireworks display was canceled this year due to budgetary constraints and low attendance as a result of rainouts and postponements from previous celebrations.

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