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Rain Compromises Ridgewood's 4th of July Street-Lining Chairs Tradition

Township officials say holiday festivities will happen Friday as planned, but asked residents to remove chairs lining the streets because of the rain leading up to the 4th.

Past Parade. Credit: Ridgewood Police Department.
Past Parade. Credit: Ridgewood Police Department.
Heavy rains Wednesday and the potential for more rain Thursday has altered a longtime 4th of July tradition in Ridgewood - setting up chairs along the holiday parade route days and even weeks in advance.

In a post on its website Wednesday, the village asked residents to remove their chairs because of the rain:

Although we want to assure all of our residents and visitors that the parade will still go on as scheduled on Friday, we are asking for assistance. 

Due to the potential severity of the upcoming storm due to hit [Wednesday and Thursday], we are asking for the residents assistance with by securing or removing the chairs along the parade route.

Although we know it is a long standing tradition to put chairs out in advance of the parade, the Village had some serious safety concerns this year due to the storm. If we get high winds as forecasted, the chairs can become hazardous obstacles in the roadway and end up not only being destroyed, but could also become the cause of accidents. We are imploring your assistance with the securing or retrieval of your chairs and waiting to place them again once the storm has passed.

Despite its interference with the tradition, forecasts are now mostly clear for the majority of Independence Day. See all of the details on how the village will be celebrating here.

Long Time Resident July 05, 2014 at 03:20 PM
You are right about that DD!
Mikka H July 05, 2014 at 11:46 PM
The grammar here would make a third grader cringe
Sgt Joe Friday July 06, 2014 at 08:49 AM
Mikka H I can take the wrong grammar here, however your foolish comments, that's an entirely different matter.
Long Time Resident July 06, 2014 at 10:08 AM
I am still waiting to hear an apology from Mikka for his dumb statement -------Mikka H July 03, 2014 at 09:34 PM Where are the bone heads who run this thing? It's going to rain and nobody is going to go , but there going to run it anyway????? Hey Mikka where is your apology?
DD July 06, 2014 at 10:57 AM
Mikka, fries are up.

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