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 [email protected]

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.

Upcoming Events

Past Events

2023 River Edge Day

River Edge Day

October 1, 2023 1:00-4:00pm
Connect with Local Businesses, Community Organizations, Schools, Municipal Departments and Government Services
  • Free Raffle Prizes
  • Info Tables
  • Demonstrations
St Peter Academy Tricky Tray

St Peter Academy Tricky Tray

October 20, 2023 6:00 pm
$40 per Ticket
Discounted Tables Available
Admission includes
  • Buffet of Gourmet Wraps and Salads
  • Dessert & Soft Drinks
  • One Raffle Sheet of First Tier Level Prizes

Styrofoam Collection and Paper Shredding

October 14, 2023 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
  • River Edge DPW by the River Edge Swim Club


with Grand Marshal Ray Stitz
Route: Cherry Hill School to Memorial Park


12:00pm to 4:00pm
Memorial Park
Rides, Games, Face Painting, Petting Zoo, Pony Rides, Trackless Train, Vendors, Live Music, Food & Beer Garden
North Jersey Partners Coat Drive 2021

North Jersey Partners 4th Annual Coat Drive

Now in its 4th year North Jersey Partners brokered by eXp Realty is proud to present their coat drive.

Over the past 3 years they have collected hundreds of coats to benefit the Jersey cares Coat Drive.  The coats are distributed to New Jersey residents in need of warmth this winter.  Please consider donated new or gently used coats to this worthy cause.

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Holiday Scenes & Songs at Historic New Bridge Landing

Join historical balladeer Linda Russell as she takes you on a trip through the ages with songs and scenes to see how the holidays were celebrated.


The Bergen County Historical Society presents Holiday Scenes and Songs at Historic New Bridge Landing a special outdoor holiday event on Sunday December 5th 4 pm-5:30 pm. 1201 Main Street, River Edge, NJ.

Join historical balladeer Linda Russell as she takes you on a trip through the ages with songs and scenes to see how the holidays were celebrated.

The journey will begin at the Steuben House and end at the Campbell-Christie House with a holiday sing-a-long and a tree lighting.

Be on the lookout for Sinterklaas, as he might make an appearance during the evening.

If you are still looking for that unique holiday gift, make sure to take a peek at the treasures in the gift shop while you sip on some hot cocoa and enjoy some holiday treats.

Per the state parks’ guidelines, face masks are required inside all historical buildings.

Ticket reservations are required: $20 non-member adults, $10 non-member students, $15 adult and $7 student- BCHS members

Free parking available on site or take the train to the “New Bridge Landing” station on the Pascack Valley line.

Dogs are permitted on site on a leash but not in the houses.

Pre-registration is required. Make a reservation on the society’s website www.bergencountyhistory.org , email [email protected] , or call 201-343-9492 and leave a message.

The event is subject to change.


Sign up to practice your reading skills for 10 minutes with “Sammie” our 
Reading Assistant Dog.
Tuesday, December 7th
starting at 4:00pm
REGISTRATION IS LIMITED. To reserve your spot, please register in person at the Children’s Services desk at the library or by email to rosemarie.garcia@riveredge.bccls.org
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Holiday Storytime and Craft

Children age birth to 5 yrs. and their caregivers are welcome to join us on
Wednesday, December 15th @11:00AM
for Holiday themed stories and craft.
Masks must be worn for ages 2 and up.
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Library LEGO Mania


This month we have programs for all LEGO ages. Patrons will create LEGO designs for display in the library. Registration is limited for each program and patrons can only register for one program. Click here for registration.

Holiday Mosaics for ages 5+ – Tuesday, December 14th. Engineers will follow a design picture and create a holiday themed mosaic on a 6×6 plate. Each mosaic kit contains everything needed to create the design. This is a passive program for builders to complete at the library between the hours of 11:00 am – 5:00 pm. Each mosaic should take no more than 30 minutes to complete. When completed, all mosaics will be displayed in the library. Children under 10 will need adult supervision – small parts.

Harry Potter Kits for ages 8+ only – Starting on Wednesday, December 8th. Participants can pick up a Happy Potter themed LEGO kit to bring home and build. Once completed, patrons will return the creations for display in the library.

Take and Create Display Box for ages 5+ – Starting on Wednesday, December 8th. Patrons can pick up a LEGO display box to build an individual design for display in the library. Each box contains a variety of LEGO pieces to create a unique design.

Snow Shoveling Program

Once again the Department of Recreation and Cultural Affairs will be facilitating the Senior Shoveling Program to assist seniors in town who cannot shovel their driveways and walkways.  They connect River Dell students who volunteer to help out when it snows. 

Seniors can complete the paper application found at www.riveredgenj.org/recreation and email to [email protected] or mail back to: Department of Recreation & Cultural Affairs at 705 Kinderkamack Rd. River Edge, NJ 07661

Holiday Decorating Contest

Welcome to the 2nd Annual Holiday Decorating Contest run by the borough!  This year applications must be submitted by December 5, 2021 via Community Pass at the link below.  Judging will be done between December 8 and December 12 and winners will be announced on December 15 on Facebook. 

For more information and to register see the links below.

  • For contest details: https://bit.ly/3kxtdCJ
  • Register Via Community Pass: http://register.capturepoint.com/RiverEdgeBorough

Holiday Tree Lighting

Join us as we celebrate the holiday season with Hanukah blessings and the lighting of the tree
Hanukah Blessings by Rabbi Jim Stoloff of Temple Avodat Shalom
Caroling Sing-a-long with the River Edge Girl Scouts
Performances by
RDHS Marching Band
River Dell High School’s a cappella ensemble, Hawkapella
Special Guests from the North Pole
Pictures with Santa in the River Edge Fire House
Holiday Craft sponsored by the Recreation Commission
Hot Chocolate and Coffee sponsored by Riverside Oral Surgery
Cookies from Aroma D’ Cafe sponsored by The Regency Memory Care Club
Jelly Donuts sponsored by Christine Alexiou, Ryan and Elaine Gibbons of North Jersey Partners brokered by eXp Realty
  • Saturday, December 4, 2021 530-730pm
  • inclement weather date December 5th
  • River Edge Borough Hall
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River Edge Women’s Flag Football Game

Please consider coming to support your local moms in our first flag football game. Upon entry, we are asking for donations for the Saint Peter’s food pantry.
If you are unable to attend, please consider donating a much-needed item! They are also in great need of $25 Shoprite gift cards for perishable items like milk, cheese and meats.
Pickup of items is available if needed.
Go Pink!!! 💗💗💗💗💗
  • November 26, 2021
  • 1100am
  • Emerson High School Field

Boy Scout Troop 184 34th Annual Wreath Fundraiser

The 34th Annual Boy Scout wreath Fundraiser is here!  Over the past few weeks the Boy Scouts delivered a flyer to all residents to support their annual wreath fundraiser.  Wreaths are $27 and are decorated with a big red bow and 3 natural pinecones.

Order must be received by Saturday, November 27, 2021 and will be delivered, contact free, on Saturday November 27, 2021.

If you have any questions contact Amy O’Leary at [email protected]

Use the form to the left to order your wreath.

Mayor and Council Ornament Contest for Kids

This year the Mayor and Council have added a new contest for kids to get crafty this holiday season.  River Edge kids through 18 years old are invited to decorate an ornament for the borough holiday tree.  The winning ornament will be displayed on the holiday tree for all to see this season.

The winner will be contacted on December 2 and will be asked to attend the tree lighting ceremony on December 5.  They will also receive a Target gift card as a prize.


  • Ornament must be 5 inches in size and include a loop or hook to be hung
  • Must be weather resistant as its an outdoor tree
  • Submissions must be received by November 28, 2021 via a Google Form: https://bit.ly/3DjSM1r
  • See the flyer for complete details
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Just Add Magic Events presents Friendsgiving

Join us for our first annual “Friendsgiving” celebration in Van Saun Park! This Sunday 2-4pm. Tickets are presale only 🎟 Kids 5 and under are Free!

Paint, Dance and Feast with us and your Friends! Celebrate being together again in a safe outdoor environment 🦃 🥧

  • Sunday November 21, 2021 200-400pm
  • Van Saun County Park Pavilion C
  • $30 for adults, $20 kids over 5
  • Venmo/Zelle 973-979-0274
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

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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
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