Ridgefield is a small town with a big heart, renowned for its charming Fourth of July celebration that captures the town’s all-American spirit. There will be something for everyone: free outdoor entertainment, a fun run, contests and games, food and beverages, including a pancake breakfast and a salmon barbecue, arts and crafts, a pet-and-kid parade, street dancing, entertainment by Tony Starlight, a pie eating contest, and—the pièce de résistance—a giant Independence Day parade. Funding for this community event is raised through private and business donations, vendor fees, and other application fees—not to mention the unsung but deeply appreciated efforts of many, many volunteers. Around 5,000 people are expected to attend this year. And yes, there will be fireworks! For complete details, visit www.ridgefield4th.com.
The Independence Run follows an out-and-back course on rolling rural roads, starting and finishing in downtown Ridgefield. Walkers are welcome, too! Race-day registration opens at 7 a.m., the Kids’ Dash begins at 7:30 a.m., and the 5K and 10K adults races start at 8 a.m. The advance registration fee for the 5K is $30 with a t-shirt or $20 without; the registration fee for the 10K is $40 with a t-shirt or $30 without. To register online, click here. All fees are $5 more on the day of the run. For more information, visit http://www.runridgefield.com/july4th.html.
The Fourth of July also marks the Old Liberty Theater‘s 20th anniversary. The theater—as well as Seasons Café in the lobby—opened for business on July 4, 1997. To celebrate two decades as a family owned and operated small business, Seasons Café is serving a very patriotic (and delicious) dish from 8 a.m. to noon: Belgian-style waffles with fresh strawberries, blueberries, and homemade whipped cream! The Old Liberty will be serving up waffles on weekend mornings from here on out—but you can be one of the first to try them!