GLEN ROCK, NJ - There will be a July 4 parade this year, along with a celebration of the 100th anniversary of women's suffrage, after the Borough Council gave the go ahead on June 10, deciding it has a place in the 'restart' of Glen Rock. Several weeks ago, amidst COVID-19 worries, the parade was canceled for fear of furthering the spread of the virus that has killed eight residents and sickened 118.
While the parade will be smaller than in years past, organizers promise it will go forward with no less enthusiasm. The Independence Day Association, an all volunteer committee, known as IDA, organizes the annual event.
"One major issue is we did not have our fundraiser this year, so we cannot have any paid participants," Michelle Torpey, one of the IDA member said. "We are also keeping this small parade to the residents of Glen Rock. We love and appreciate all that have been involved in the parade over the many decades, however we need to curtail the number of participants."
If you are a resident of Glen Rock and would like to be involved in the parade, click on this link for more information.
Social distancing guidelines will be adhered to and include remaining 6 feet apart and donning masks.
The theme of this year's parade is the 100th Anniversary of the ratification of the 19th amendment granting women the right to vote.
Retired and current councilwomen will be introduced during a short presentation at 9 a.m. on the steps of Borough Hall. As Grand Marshals, they will head the parade down Rock Road to the pool parking lot. A video will be done, in partnership with Glen Rock TV, of personal remembrances of the women and become part of the Historic Society’s archives.
The deadline to participate in the video is June 17.
Home Decoration Contest - another way to participate in July 4th celebration
Get together with your neighbors and decorate the exteriors of local homes or front yards with the July 4th theme to see who has the most patriotic street. "We are looking for the street with the most decorations. Red, white, and blue decorated properties will reign supreme, Torpey said. The engraved trophy goes to the most patriotic street in town.
To enter, post a picture of the homes by July 1 of your block to the Glen Rock IDA 4th of July Page. The winner will be chosen through 'most likes' by residents.