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Glen Rock celebrates the 4th of July with New and Traditional Events

Jul 05, 2020 01:54PM ● By Julie Maxwell Allen

This year, the 81st Glen Rock 4th of July Parade had a different look and feel than previous years. During this pandemic, many changes had to take place to make the annual 4th of July celebration come into fruition. 

The Pops concert on the 3rd, the 4th of July raffle, and 1/2 the parade route had to be cut due to social distancing issues this year. 

On June 10th, the July 4th parade was approved by the council to be held with following the restrictions put in place by Governor Murphy.  The Glen Rock IDA (Independence Day Association) quickly went from nothing planned to a great ceremony honoring the 100th Anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment granting women the right to vote and our town's traditional parade - scaled down. 

The parade started at Borough Hall honoring all of our women council members and mayors over the past 100 years. Georgene Betterbed spoke about the 19th admendment, the history of these women, and the ones that passed.  These honored women were also the Grand Marshalls of the parade. 

These women included:

Former Councilwomen:  Elizabeth Rousseau, Carol Piper, Carol Knapp, Susan Samuels, Bella Fellig, Terri Moore, Joan Orseck, Mary Jane Surrago, Pam Biggs, & Michelle Torpey.  

Current councilwomen:  Amy Martin, Arati Kreibich, Mary Barchetto, Teresa Gilbreath, & Caroline Unzaga.

Two councilwomen went on to become Mayors in the Borough of Glen Rock; Jacqueline Kort and Kristine Morieko. 

Our National Anthem was sung by GRHS 2020 graduate Caitlin O'Brien. 

 Instead of the normal raffle, The IDA  had a contest for the most decorated house in town. The winner was the Kapotes of Gramercy Place. They decorated not just to celebrate the 4th, but the return of their son Zak and his wife Alyssa from the US Air Force.  

This year's parade route was from Borough Hall to the Pool on Doremus. Participants included: Glen Rock NJ Dog Park,  Individual floats, Shooting Stars, The Glen Rock Inn,  VFW- Members drove their own cars, 2 local bands- SGSS and the Oblivian, Arati for Congress, Glen Rock For All, Josh Gotthiemer for Congress, Arts Council of Glen Rock - Glen Rock, NJ, Martin, Unzaga, and Cole for Borough Council, Montrone Family, GRVAC, and the GR Fire Department. 

During the parade, there was a peaceful kneel in protest of the 4th of July by the Glen Rock Black Lives Matter group on the corner of Glen and Rock. Arati for Congress' group paused and knelt with them. 

Speaking with Michelle Torpey about this year's parade, She stated, "It was an honor to celebrate Glen Rock’s Elected Women who have and continue to serve our town. Our IDA committee would not have been able to orchestrate this parade without the help of so many engaged town residents. " She continued to say, "The Independence Day Parade is a powerful cultural event our residents look forward to celebrating together each year. I'm pleased with the parade and the turnout!" 

Participants in the parade were completely masked up, the crowd, however, were not all masked up.  We need to be better Glen Rock.

Great Job Glen Rock IDA in keeping up our 4th of July traditions in these hard times.

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Here are a few pictures from the parade. You can find more on our Facebook Group

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