Welcome to the Glen Rock 4th of July Parade

Thank you Glen Rock for supporting this year's parade. The full parade will resume on Monday July 4th, 2022

The Glen Rock IDA Announces the 2021 Grand Marshals

The Glen Rock IDA Announces the 2021 Grand Marshals

This past year brought many challenges and Glen Rock was lucky enough to have all of you as residents who have stepped forward to help our community. 

In recognition of your contributions, the Independence Day Association (IDA) 🇺🇸Committee congratulate you on being chosen as a 2021 Grand Marshal of the July 4th parade. Each of you has gone above and beyond to serve the residents of Glen Rock in 2021.

The following is a list of the 2021 Grand Marshals and their accomplishments, as submitted by those who nominated each:

  • Laura Occhipinti and Kim Greene to represent the Democrats Vaccines for the Community Program. They were able to organize and secure hundreds of appointments for Glen Rock residents to enable them to get COVID shots and provided transportation if needed.
  • Barbara Gomes for leading the Glen Rock chapter of Relay for life, she won $20,000 for Box Tops for the MS/HSA to be used to update the student and teacher lounge/rooms and multiple other fundraisers to help our community. 
  • Brian Markey for representing the Glen Rock Ambulance department and whose volunteers who helped fellow Glen Rockers during COVID everyday if needed. They put themselves and their families in potential danger catching the COVID19 virus while volunteering.
  • Michelle Torpey whose efforts included vaccinating residents at Rock Ridge Pharmacy during the pandemic and visiting homebound residents to vaccinate their children and special needs patients. She also has worked with the borough and local businesses to allow COVID safe Halloween and Holiday events. She also organized, collected and gave donations from residents such as food, water, PPE and hand made cards to local hospital staff and all essential workers in our town such as Police, Fire, DPW, postal workers during COVID. She also organized and led many other donation drives to help those less fortunate (i.e OASIS). Lastly, she helped organize donations and cards for local Veterans and the Veterans Home in Paramus during COVID. 
  • Tom Jennings as the lead of OEM and Chief of the Glen Rock Fire Department: He worked many extra hours to help keep our community safe during COVID. He put many hours on zoom calls making decisions for the towns operations and well being of residents. He spent countless hours with officials on ways to keep everyone safe and up to date on        protocols during the pandemic
  • Pat Zengel a member of Women in Community Service (WICS) she helped coordinate Halloween gifts, had cards made and gifts/donations sent to Veterans during COVID, as well as delivering community meals to those in need. She was a member of the Holiday Committee and helped keep the holiday spirit alive by volunteering this year as Mrs Claus.
  • Eileen Hillock for securing COVID vaccine appointments and rides for Glen Rock Residents, Community Meals on Wheels Board Member and Co-chair of Fundraising, Halloween activity organizer during COVID, Dog park leader, WICS member, Holiday Committee member.
  • James Lane and George Erlich to represent the Crossing guards for keeping our children and residents safe during COVID all year. Especially in all types of bad weather and they also picked up extra hours to keep children safe walking and biking to schools.

The Glen Rock 4th of July Parade will take place on Sunday July 4th, 2021

Credit photo Doug Salvatoriello

The 2021 Glen Rock 4th of July Parade theme is "The spirit of Glen Rock is Rock Solid".  (Photo credited to Doug Salvatoriello)

About the IDA

Welcome to Glen Rock's  4th of July Parade!  The parade started in 1938 by a group of concerned Glen Rock residents. They were concerned about injuries caused by fireworks and highway injuries due to holiday travel, fatigue and possible drinking.

The Glen Rock IDA was incorporated on May 2nd 1939. The purpose of the IDA is:

“To discourage the general public use of fireworks and firearms, and to foster and stimulate a patriotic spirit and sentiment in citizens and children of the Borough of Glen Rock, NJ, and in the vicinity thereof by observing Independence Day, July Fourth, in a fitting manner, the same to be accomplished by parades, parents, mass meetings, bazaars, games, sports, fireworks,  and other suitable and appropriate observances, and in general to do all things in connection with the foregoing that may be necessary and expedient to promote a safe, sane and patriotic observance of July Fourth”

Program Cover by George Wolfe, used with permission by GRHPS
Glen Rock Pops Concert: July 3rd

Keeping up the tradition, the Glen Rock Pops will open the Independence Day celebration on Saturday July 3 with a free concert on the lawn of Borough Hall at 7:00pm. Bring chairs and blankets and enjoy the music of the night. In case of rain, the performance will take place on Sunday July 4 at 7:00pm. The concert is free.

The program will include an evening of legendary marches, popular patriotic songs, and favorite light classics led by Music Director Anthony LaGruth. The orchestra is comprised of musicians from throughout Bergen and Passaic counties. Music Director LaGruth has been a significant influence in the orchestra’s success, which is now an important part of the Borough’s cultural life and has made the Pops one of North Jersey’s favorite listening groups. The orchestra’s Spring and Holiday concerts are broadcast on Glen Rock TV.

American conductor Anthony LaGruth has led orchestras throughout the United States and has been recognized by critics for his “delightful podium-side manner” (San Antonio Express News) and his “subtlety and refined sense of style” (Bergen Record). He currently serves as the Music Director and Conductor of the Livingston Symphony Orchestra and Associate Conductor of the North Shore Music Festival. He has also guest conducted in Italy and Romania.

A proponent of American music, Mr. LaGruth is a co-founder of the League of American Orchestras’ commissioning project, Made in America. This program offered regional orchestras throughout the country the opportunity to commission works by major American Composers.

The much-anticipated IDA drawing will be held during intermission.

Parade Details

Parade Info:

Dedication to the Grand Marshals will begin at 9:00am at the Steps of Borough Hall.

Start time: Step off is at 9:30am at the Glen Rock Borough Hall Harding Plaza, Glen Rock NJ


  • Leave Glen Rock Borough towards Rock Road
  • Left onto Rock Road.
  • Continuing on Rock Road through town, and right on Doremus Avenue.
  • Ending at the Glen Rock Municipal Pool.


We have a wonderful variety of floats and participants in the parade. If your Block or organization would like to have a float or presence  in the parade please use the application button on top of this page.

Decorate your Kids Bike, Scooter or Wagon!

To end the parade we have our decorated bikes, scooters and wagons. Kids of ALL ages are invited to participate.  No sign up needed! Enter the parade at any time before the judges stand in front of Borough Hall so they can be judged for  best decorated.

Bring your canned and non – perishable food!

The Religious Communities of Glen Rock collect canned and non-perishable foods each year for different food banks in our area.


Photo credit goes to the GRHPS