Welcome to the Glen Rock 4th of July Parade


The Glen Rock IDA Announces the 2021 Grand Marshals

The Glen Rock IDA Announces the 2022 Grand Marshals

Ellen O’Keefe Library Director

Rachel Feinmark President – Board of Trustees

Ludmila Golad and Joyce Stein Co-chairpersons- Friends of the Library

Credit photo Doug Salvatoriello
The 2022 Glen Rock 4th of July Parade celebrates the Centennial of the Library (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 Orchestra will open the Independence Day celebration on Sunday 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 Pops 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.

American conductor Anthony LaGruth has led orchestras throughout the United States and 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.

The Raffle Drawing will take place at the concert.  Three winners will share

30%, 15% and 5% of half of the proceeds.  This activity is the major sources of funding for the parade.  Tickets can be purchased at Kilroy’s, Rock Ridge Pharmacy, and Suka Jewelry.

This parade kicks-off at 9:30am on Monday, July 4.  It celebrates the Library’s Centennial.  From the back of a bakery on Mail Street, to a bungalow on the vacant Borough Hall grounds, to a space in the new Borough Hall and finally to its lovely home at 315 Rock Road, the Library has had an exciting history.   Over 74% of residents have Library cards.  Come meet the Grand Marshals at the concert.

Parade Details

Parade Info:

The parade begins at 9:30am – rain or shine.


  • Leave the Glen Rock High School and go East on Harristown Road
  • Left on Highland Road
  • Left on Rock Road
  • 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