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Ice Cream Social and Bake-Off to be Held on July 4


WEST ESSEX, NJ - The President Grover Cleveland Birthplace Memorial Association has announced that the Grover Cleveland Birthplace Memorial Association’s 25th annual July 4th Ice Cream Social will be taking place on July 4, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the at the Grover Cleveland birthplace at 207 Bloomfield Ave.

There will be: patent medicine shows, magicians, balloons, street theater, house tours, food, treats, tours, a flag ceremony, reading of the Declaration of Independence and a shortbread cookie bake-off at the event.

There are no admission charges and most events will be free. Donations are also being accepted to help with the cost of popcorn, lemonade, water, tables, chairs and tents. Guests are invited to bring chairs and blankets.

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The flag ceremony at 1 p.m. will include the reading of the Declaration of Independence by Thomas Jefferson and flag raising by the scout honor guard. Caldwell’s Mayor Ann Dassing will give the welcoming remarks. Special docented tours of the birthplace itself will begin at 1:30 p.m.

Children will watch Phydeau's fleas perform, dress up in Cleveland era costumes and have their pictures taken, join in the games and races and watch an old-time patent medicine show.  Marco the magician will pull money from behind the children’s ears, while enjoying his card tricks. DJ Anthony Uccello from Caldwell will spin patriotic and popular music under the big tent. A beekeeper will bring his friends and hives for inspection. 


The cookie of the year is the short bread cookie and the Bake-off will be judged and prizes awarded at 2:00 p.m. Open to all—children and adults, the contest will require cookies using only 19th century ingredients and each entry must include two copies of the recipe and two plates of cookies. After judging, the cookies will be on sale. Register to enter the Bake-off at 973-226-0001 or 973-226-1733.

Click HERE to learn more about the Bake-off.

Sponsors and Supporters

Volunteers from the partnering Caldwell Kiwanis and Caldwell and Fairfield Rotary Club, the West Essex Masons, the Boy Scouts and the Caldwell Merchants Assoc., will be joining with the Association to sponsor this family party, raise the tents,  run the wires, set up the midway, lead the children’s games and serve ice cream, lemonade, popcorn and bottled water.  In addition, this year the Cloverleaf Tavern will be offering hamburgers, hot dogs, pulled pork on buns and sodas for lunch at special prices.

The G.C. Birthplace Memorial Association is actively supported by a number of local merchants including Jack's Foodtown, Gencarelli Bakery, Riesinger's Oxogyn and Gas, the Gelotti store, which is provideing the tricolor Italian ices,  and the Cloverleaf Tavern.  Saint Aloyious Church will offer parking and a rain site in its church hall.  The Caldwell Environmental Commission will help with the grounds, recycling and clean up.

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