GLEN ROCK, NJ - The Independence Day Association and the Borough of Glen Rock announce Independence Day events on July 3 and July 4 have been canceled. In light of the global pandemic and uncertain times, this joint decision is in the best interests of the community, the sponsors and the performers.

The Independence Day Association (IDA) was organized in 1938, beginning as a simple idea to alleviate injuries caused by dangerous fireworks, highway injuries brought about by holiday travel, fatigue and possibly drinking. To combat these problems, the town fathers decided to organize a local Fourth of July celebration featuring a parade, carnival-type fair and fireworks in the evening. The group was officially incorporated by the State of New Jersey in 1939 and the year marks the inaugeration of the first parade. 

“It was a difficult decision we hoped we would not have to make," Glen Rock Mayor Kristine Morieko said. "However, this is the most responsible action to provide for the health, safety, and welfare of our residents during this pandemic. The Borough is grateful to the IDA for their service to this community, and we look forward to working together again next year.”  

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Jim Leonard, representing the IDA, added, “We have had 80 parades in town. The Glen Rock Pops orchestra, which opens the festivities the evening before the parade, has been performing for 41 years.”  Maestro LaGruth commented the musicians are looking forward in the near future to resuming the "well-received performances for our faithful and supportive audiences.” 

Leonard added “the town owes a great deal of gratitude to the many IDA volunteers whose efforts enhance the overall popularity of the parade. We are also thankful for the residents and businesses who have financially supported the parades over the years.” 

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