Ridgefield, New Jersey

photos of Ridgefield
Bergen County July 4th Independence Day Celebration



Mark your calendars for Bergen County’s Star-Spangled Spectacular featuring the New Jersey Wind Symphony


RIDGEFIELD PARK, NJ — County Executive Jim Tedesco, the County Board of Commissioners, and the County Parks Department are excited to announce that the County of Bergen has partnered with the New Jersey Wind Symphony to bring a new special event to Overpeck County Park this 4th of July.


Building upon the New Jersey Wind Symphony’s successful “Pop Goes the 4th” event in Overpeck County Park last year which featured a performance of Tchaikovsky's "1812 Overture," complete with live artillery from two Howitzer cannons, this July 4th, Bergen County’s Star-Spangled Spectacular featuring the New Jersey Wind Symphony will offer residents a festive afternoon of entertainment, children’s activities, food trucks, a beer and wine garden, and stunning fireworks to conclude the evening over Overpeck Creek.

In addition to the New Jersey Wind Symphony, the evening will feature performances from artists including Leslie Mendelson, Jake Thistle, and Kristen Plumley, as well as an afternoon pre-show showcasing local acts from neighboring communities.


“The County is thrilled to announce our partnership with the New Jersey Wind Symphony for this spectacular new event at Overpeck County Park,” said County Executive Jim Tedesco. “Not only are we welcoming the return of fireworks to Overpeck County Park, but we are also setting the stage as we build towards the 250th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence on July 4th, 2026. Grab your blankets and lawn chairs and bring the whole family to witness Bergen County’s Star-Spangled Spectacular featuring the New Jersey Wind Symphony this 4th of July as we celebrate our nation’s history together.”


“We are profoundly grateful to Bergen County for their partnership in bringing the 4th of July concert and fireworks to Overpeck County Park and allowing us to build upon last year’s wonderful concert,” said Chris Wilhjelm, Music Director for the New Jersey Wind Symphony. “It is our honor at the New Jersey Wind Symphony to perform once again in Overpeck County Park on the 4th of July in celebration of our nation's founding and we look forward to making the Star-Spangled Spectacular a memorable event that uplifts the spirit of our community and ignites the joy of Independence Day."


“I'm proud to see Bergen County partnering with the New Jersey Wind Symphony to bring this exhilarating event to Overpeck County Park as we celebrate our nation’s independence,” said Commissioner Steven Tanelli. “This collaboration not only enhances our Fourth of July festivities but also underscores our commitment to providing memorable experiences for our residents and visitors.”


Pre-show performances and festivities for Bergen County’s Star-Spangled Spectacular featuring the New Jersey Wind Symphony will start around 5 p.m. on July 4th. The New Jersey Wind Symphony will perform at 7:30 p.m. For event updates and additional performance announcements, follow the Bergen County Parks System on Facebook and Instagram.


The New Jersey Wind Symphony will perform a dress rehearsal on July 3rd that will be open to the public without the booming special effects from the cannons and fireworks. A rain date for Bergen County’s Star-Spangled Spectacular is scheduled for July 5th in the event poor weather.


Bergen County’s Star-Spangled Spectacular is an official event of Bergen250, an initiative spearheaded by the Division of Cultural & Historic Affairs within the Bergen County Department of Parks to commemorate the 250th anniversary of the American Revolution through Bergen County’s diverse lens of people, places, and culture.


Bergen 250 Initiative

Bergen 250 is the County of Bergen’s official ad hoc committee tasked with commemorating the 250th anniversary of the American Revolution through Bergen County’s diverse lens of people, places, and culture. Through the joint efforts of Bergen County’s historic sites, schools, libraries, museums, community groups, and local businesses, the county seeks to advance the role that history plays in public discourse, community engagement, education, tourism, and scholarship in New Jersey. The initiative was formally codified by the County Board of Commissioners by resolution on January 17, 2024. The committee strives to promote the maximum involvement of Bergen County residents, neighborhoods, businesses, schools, historical and civic organizations, and institutions in the commemorations.


New Jersey Wind Symphony

Founded in 1983 as the Ridgewood Concert Band, the New Jersey Wind Symphony (NJWS) strives to promote wind music and adult bands to the surrounding community and beyond by providing high quality performances that engage and inspire all our listeners. NJWS members are accomplished wind and percussion players, with day jobs ranging from lawyer to band director, who volunteer their time and talents.


NJWS programs have drawn critical attention for their variety and depth - ranging from light classics and famous marches, to cutting edge new compositions by today’s brilliant composers. The NJWS is regularly joined by soloists from the New York Philharmonic, the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, and other nationally renowned performers and conductors.  The NJWS has released multiple albums, has performed on the East Coast and overseas, and is actively engaged with area schools and young musicians. To learn more about the NJWS and our mission, visit: njwindsymphony.org.



County Executive Jim Tedesco, the Board of County Commissioners, and the County Parks Department announce the return of the Bergen County Movies and Music in the Park Summer Series. The series will feature 24 events at four locations across Bergen County beginning on July 10. All concerts and movies are free and open to the public. Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and/or blankets for viewing.

Movie Schedule (All movies start at sunset, approximately 8:30pm)

Pascack Brook County Park – 150 Emerson Road, Westwood

Wednesday, July 10 – Past Lives (Rated PG-13)

Wednesday, July 17 – Air (Rated R)

Wednesday, July 24 – Mean Girls (2024) (Rated PG-13)


Van Saun County Park – 216 Forest Avenue, Paramus

Friday, July 12 – Migration (Rated PG)

Friday, July 19 – Under the Boardwalk (Rated PG)

Friday, July 26 – Wish (Rated PG)

Wednesday, July 31 – Barbie (Rated PG-13)

Friday, August 2 – Kung Fu Panda 4 (PG)

Wednesday, August 7 – Blackberry (Rated R)

Friday, August 9 – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem (Rated PG)

Wednesday, August 14 – Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves (Rated PG-13)

Friday, August 16 – Elemental (Rated PG)

Wednesday, August 21 – Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 (Rated PG-13)

Friday, August 23 – Wonka (Rated PG)


Concert Schedule (All concerts start at 7:00pm)

The Amphitheater at Overpeck County Park – 199 Challenger Road, Ridgefield Park

Thursday, July 11 – Dr. K’s Motown Revue (’60s Motown)

Thursday, July 18 – Classic Stones (Rolling Stones Tribute Band)

Thursday, July 25 – Mi Gente Live (Latin Jukebox)

Thursday, August 1 – Stone Flower (Rock n’ Roll Tribute Band)

Thursday, August 8 – Xtreme Queen (Queen Tribute Band)


The Stage at Riverside County Park–South – 453 River Road, North Arlington

Thursday, July 16 – Steppin’ Out (10-Piece Party Band)

Tuesday, July 23 – Country Fresh (Modern Country Music)

Tuesday, July 30 – La Caribeña (Tropical Latin Music)

Tuesday, August 6 – Step by Step (Johnny Maestro Tribute Band)

Tuesday, August 13 – Suit & Mai Tai (Yacht and Corporate Rock)


All events are weather permitting. To keep up with the latest updates, visit www.co.bergen.nj.us

Home | About Us | Legal Notices | Boards & Committees | Borough Code | Borough Directory | Mayor and Council | Public Safety | Departments | Forms & Applications | Tenant Advocate | Material Safety Data Sheets | Outdoor Alerting System Status | Information Notification System | Website Map | Save the Date | Agendas & Minutes | Service Request | E-Mail Updates | Helpful Links
Government Websites by Catalis
Printer-friendly Version