River Edge Events

Every year there are River Edge events that the residents look forward to.  the 4th of July Festivities with carnival rides, food, and beer truck has been the highlight for decades.  So much so that many come back to visit to catch up with old friends.  You also will want to check out other events like River Edge Day, the St Peter’s Carnival and the River Edge Run.  Get all of the details on these River Edge Events below.

This Is River Edge

The calendar below shows upcoming events in town.  If you are running an event you would like to add to the calendar use the button below to fill out the Google Form.  If you have any questions contact Ryan at admin@thisisriveredge.com

River Edge hosts a variety of events during the year that attract residents new and old.  The main events run by the town are the 4th of July festivities and River Edge Day (1st weekend in October).  The borough also has a tree lighting ceremony in December which includes carol led by the Girls Scouts, refreshments, and a visit by Santa.

River Edge Day 2021

River Edge Day 2021

River Edge Day is back after a year of being a virtual event!  River Edge Day has always been one of the best events in town because it brings together residents, local organizations and businesses to celebrate our town.  This year will be a wonderful event you won’t want to miss!

Things to See:

  • Pumpkin Painting by the Junior Women’s Club
  • Yoga Demonstrations by Morgan Kennedy
  • Music by Jeff Eisenberg and the Rock & Ram Britain Band
  • Food and refreshments by the Knights of Columbus
  • Music by Jumpin Dragons
  • Street hockey clinic with the Asphalt Avengers
  • Demonstrations by
    • Biwanko Children’s Group
    • Cub Pack 95
    • Feiler Dental Associates
    • JS Taekwondo Center
    • River Edge Ambulance Service
    • River Edge Fire Department
  • Get a Free T shirt and other give aways from This is River Edge!
Rabies Shots

Free Rabies Clinic 2021

The River Edge Health Department will be providing free rabies shots for resident’s cats and dogs.  the event will take place on October 2, 2021 from 10:00am – 12:00pm at the Memorial Park pavilion.

Registration is required by calling the Health Department at 201-599-6299.  Social distancing will be enforced.

River Edge Green Team & Environmental Commission Shredding Event 2021

Friends of the Library Book Drop Off and Sale

Once again the Friends of the River Edge Library will be hosting their annual book sale.  the event will be held on October 23 inside the River Edge Library.  The book dropoff will be help on October 2 at the garage next to the library.  Please support this event by dropping off your old books and find some new ones at the sale!

River Edge Rune 2021

River Edge Run 2021

The 39th Annual River Edge Run will take place on Saturday October 16, 2021.  The River edge Run has long been a Spring staple in River edge attracting runners from all over the area.  Due to the Covid-19 pandemic the event was cancelled in 2020 and moved to the Fall in 2021.  As always the event features a 5K race, health walk and 1 mile fun run.  the 5K race starts and ends at Cherry Hill School and winds its way through the streets of River Edge.

Movie in the Park

Every year as a part of the 4th of July Festivities the Borough hosts a Movie in the Park at Kenneth B George Field.  The event is a great way to get out and enjoy a movie with family and friends under the stars.

Movie in the Park

Music in the Park

Music in the Park

St. Peter’s Carnival

Every year in late September St Peter the Apostle Church hosts their carnival.  It is always well attended by local residents who enjoy the carnival rides, games, and food.  The carnival runs from Thursday to Sunday with varied hours.  Pre sale tickets are sold at a discount after Sunday masses before the event.  They also run a 50/50 throughout the event.


4th of July Festivities

2021 4th of July Events

Thursday July 1st

Movie in the Park at Kenneth B. George (Rescheduled to September 2 due to rain)

  • 7:30pm – Good Humor Ice Cream Truck
  • 8:30pm – Movie featuring the Sandlot
  • Popcorn provided by the Junior Women’s Club of River Edge

Friday July 2nd

Music in the Park at Veterans Memorial Park (Rescheduled due to rain to September 3)

  • 6:00pm – Sanduuci’s Pizza Truck & Clyde’s Homemade Italian Ice and Ice Cream
  • 7:00-9:00pm Musical Entertainment by the Cameos

Sunday July 4th

  • 12:00pm – Annual Parade starting at Cherry Hill School and concluding at veterans Memorial Park
  • 1:00-5:00pm Family Fair
    • Food & Drinks | Trackless Train Rides | Petting Zoo | Vendors
  • Music by Tommy Roberts and the Buckshot Band
  • Food and Drink provided by the Ancient Order of Hibernians and the knights of Columbus
  • Free Train Rides provided by the American Legion

2021 Grand Marshal

Edward McDermott

Ed McDermott selflessly served the Borough of River Edge for 50 years.  He began his career as a police officer in town in 1970 and served in that capacity for 30 years.  Upon retiring form the police force, Ed became River Edge’s full time police dispatcher for the next 20 years.  Ed recently retired this past January, 2021.

Ed has lived in River Edge for 70 years.  He attended St. Peter the Apostle School where he also served as an altar boy. ed then went to River dell High School where he excelled at baseball and football and was named River dell’s Outstanding Senior Athlete.  With Ed’s passion and love of sports, he was a coach in town for the babe Ruth, Little League, and Junior Football Leagues.

During ed’s tenure as a police officer, he received numerous commendations and awards including the Valor Award, Meritorious Service Award, Life Saving Award, and the Exceptional Duty Award to name a few.  Ed also served as a DARE officer in the elementary schools where he received and Achievement Award for Performance.  He was a member of the River Edge Police Honor Guard, and also an instructor at the Bergen County Police & Fire Academy for Defensive Driving.  Ed has received over 100 letters of appreciation and thanks from the residents of River Edge.

Ed considers it an honor to have served River Edge for the last 50 years.  He appreciates the opportunity to have helped and served the residents of the community, and thanks his loving family for their endless support.  He is looking forward to enjoying time with his family, especially his grandchildren, Chase, Riley, Dylan, Owen and his grand dogs Cuffs and Oakley.


To celebrate Independence Day River Edge hosts a few events, first of which is Music in the Park.  This event is typically held on July 3rd and features a live band, food trucks, and some local vendors.  It is a great night to get outside, spend some time with neighbors and celebrate our independence.

On the 4th of July River Edge holds its annual parade with participants form youth groups, fire departments, police departments, local officials, bands, VFW, Knights of Columbus, and more.  The parade starts at Cherry Hill School and works its way down Bogert Rd to Continental Ave and concludes at the viewing stand at Veteran’s Memorial Park.

At the conclusion of the parade is the carnival held at Veteran’s Memorial Park.  The carnival features rides for the kids, local vendors and community groups, food provided by the Ancient Order of Hibernians, and beer truck provided by the Knights of Columbus.  This is a very attended event with reunions of old River Edge neighbors throughout the park.  It is definitely not to be missed.

River Edge Day

River Edge Day is typically held the 1st weekend in October at Veteran’s Memorial Park.  It hosts local vendors, town organizations, local businesses, crafts, and food.  It is meant to foster involvement in the community and bring attention to local organizations and businesses.  The kids can make pumpkin creations or get their face painted and everyone can enjoy a hot dog or hamburger and learn more about the town.

Other Events

Other events are run during the course of the year by town organizations, churches and businesses.  Below is a list of some of the events you may want to attend.

  • Junior Women’s Club Storytime with Santa
  • Junior Women’s Club Easter Egg Hunt
  • Little League Opening Day
  • River Edge Holiday Tree Lighting
  • Santa riding a firetruck through town
  • American Red Cross Blood Drive
  • Old Time Baseball Game at New Bridge Landing
  • Various Historical Events at New Bridge Landing
  • Winter Wonderland at Van Saun Park