Spirit that you just can’t manufacture: the Bay Ridge 4th!


Parade, Picnic & Patriotism–its all here.

Just as it was nearly 100 years ago here in Bay Ridge–except there are no woolen bathing suits, and we have sunscreen. And duct tape. Its nearly time for our annual 4th of July parade & celebration! For new & existing residents–here’s the basic gist!


Let’s get star-spangled, Bay Ridge! Grab your neighbors for some patriotic collaboration. Decorate your bikes, cars, tractors, strollers and floats for our annual parade.

  • Line up and register at 11am on Mayo.
  • Parade will begin at 11:30 am.
  • This is your chance to take home “The Bay Ridge Cup”!!  A coveted trophy!!
  • Float Judging Criteria:

–> Overall Impression: Presentation, Craftsmanship, Design
–> Originality: Original concept
–> Spirit: Enthusiasm of the group
–> Theme: Cohesive theme/concept



WHO WILL TAKE HER HOME THIS YEAR?  This is no ordinary cup. This is a Bay Ridge Cup! Last year, the “Baby Boom” float took it home. (video source: Brandon Barniea). Masterminded by Meredith Van de Kamp, the float met the judging criteria as it celebrated the many (many!) little Bay Ridgers all around the same age in a fun theme. The bar is raised, folks! Let’s see what you’ve got this year! We can’t wait. Special thanks to the D’Camera group for the donation of this ceremonial cup.

STAY CLASSY, BR. We have no shortage of awesome, creative float ideas. Let’s be mindful that this isn’t about business promotion, and also that our most captive audience is made up of young children–so, let’s try and keep things patriotically-focused and wholesome.


What’s more Bay Ridge Fourthy than hamburgers, hotdogs, chicken sandwiches, chips, soda & cold beer? Nothing, that’s what! After the parade, enjoy lunch and a frozen margarita starting at noon.

Bake Sale: Patriotic Cupcakes. Brownies. Cookies and more. Mmm. Don’t miss! If you would like to donate a baked good, please deliver to Jessie Rhines at 11 Decatur on the evening of July 3rd or at the bake sale booth.

Games: The celebration continues after the parade & lunch. Parents and kids are encouraged to participate in various races, classic egg toss, watermelon & pie eating contests and more!

Note for over-21 folks: Bring your ID! We’re going to try & quickly serve cold drinks and also ensure we’re abiding by the law.. just don’t forget an ID to the picnic!


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