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Ridgefield fourth of july celebration Ridgefield celebrates the Fourth of July BIG each year, this year will look a little different due to our need to protect the health of our community, but with your help it will be just as fun and patriotic!

Welcome! Think of this web-page as your guide to today's Virtual First Saturday experience.

We hope you will enjoy today's activities and virtual events and share your experience with us and the rest of your community by interacting on Facebook and posting your photos on social media with #VirtualFirstSaturday

Virtual events & activities

9AM - Virtual Fun Run: Register and run your own 5 or 10K! Registration and more information available from Ridgefield Runners.

10AM - Zoom Pancake Feed: Make your own pancakes or order them to-go, then join Ridgefield Chamber of Commerce and your neighbors for a Zoom hangout! Join the video call here.

11AM - Streaming Kid, Pet & Craft Parade: We will be streaming a virtual photo parade filled with submissions from community members! Find it on the City of Ridgefield Facebook page.

1PM - Kids & Pets Neighborhood Parade: Dress up the kids/pets and parade them on your street for 6 blocks left, then right and back home. Keep a close eye on the kiddos and make sure all participants stay 6 feet apart.

2PM - Car Parade: Decorate your car, trick, trailer or whatever and drive the neighborhoods of Ridgefield. Visit www.ridgefield4th.com for suggested rouets and safety recommendations.

4PM - Judging for Patriotic Parade of Homes: Decorate your home in all its glory. If you're in the city limits, the best decorated in each neighborhood will receive prizes. Submit your address to sandyschill33@gmail.com

ANYTIME ACTIVITIES
  • Virtual Farmers Market: The Ridgefield Farmers Market will not be returning to Overlook Park in 2020, however they are looking forward to Spring 2021! In the meantime, explore ways to support local farmers and Farmers Market vendors below.
  • Log Miles for the 100 in 100 Challenge: We are challenging our community to complete 100 miles of outdoor activity in the 100 days between June 6th and September 14th. Join the challenge at any time!
  • Enjoy a Front Yard or Driveway BBQ: Grill up a hot dog, make a potato salad and apple pie and enjoy an old-fashioned family 4th of July.
  • Display a U.S. Flag: Pick up a handheld flag for the family at Ridgefield businesses around town. Sponsored by Ridgefield 4th of July Committee.
  • Wear a Ridgefield T-shirt: Sport your newest Ridgefield 4th T-Shirt if you got one or pull out your favorite Ridgefield shirt.
  • Buy a #RidgefieldResilient T-Shirt - Support the Ridgefield Family Resource Center and Local Businesses by grabbing your shirt for just $20.
  • Crafts Activities and Games: Find a collection of 4th of July inspired DIY crafts, a scavenger hunt and other fun at home activities below.

This event is co-sponsored by the Ridgefield 4th of July planning organization, City of Ridgefield, First Saturday Committee and local businesses. Live Kid Parade, Car Parade and Patriotic Parade of Homes are hosted and judged by Ridgefield 4th Non-Profit.

Virtual Farmers Market

It is important now, as is always, to support our local farmers, growers, and ranchers. Here we have gathered information from local farms that are currently offering pick-up or delivery options.

C.S.A. = Community Supported Agriculture

CSA is an acronym for Community Supported Agriculture and is a way to buy fresh fruits and vegetables directly from the farmer in your local community. Supporting local agriculture is a way to support your local business community, your neighbors and keep your food dollars in the local economy.

The concept of CSA is simple. A farmer offers a certain number of “shares” to the public. Typically the share consists of a box of vegetables, but other farm products may be included such as fruit, fresh eggs or honey.

Consumers may purchase a share (aka a “membership” or a “subscription”) and in return receive a box (bag, basket) of seasonal produce each week throughout the farming season.

The following local farms offer CSA:

The following local farms are operating their farm store currently:

Ridgefield Farmers Market Vendors

Starting your own garden this spring? Check out Ridgefield Forward's Victory Garden Contest!

100 Miles in 100 Days Challenge

Ridgefield is home to a wonderful trail network, a spacious waterfront and calm river, a one-of-a-kind Refuge, and is nestled in a region full of amazing outdoor recreation opportunities. We created the 100 Miles in 100 Days challenge to help residents get moving and enjoying our environment!

Complete 100 miles of walking, running, hiking, paddling, or biking outside in the BEAUTIFUL place we live in the 100 days between Saturday, June 6th and Monday, September 14th. Participate in community events along the way and get healthy exercise alongside your neighbors.

Display a U.S. Flag!

Pick up a complimentary handheld flag for the family at Ridgefield businesses around town. One per family please.

Ridgefield is Resilient!

Have you ordered your #RidgefieldResilient T-Shirt yet? One more chance to order your shirt for $20 and support the Ridgefield Family Resource Center and local Ridgefield Businesses in need.

Crafts, Activities, and Games

PAINTED ROCKS

  1. Gather smooth surface rocks, wash them and allow them to dry completely.
  2. Paint each rock in a different patriotic design using red, white, and blue paint.
  3. Display them around your garden beds or porch to show your patriotic spirit!

YARD STARS

  1. Purchase a large star cut out or create your own using cardboard.
  2. Purchase white, blue or red spray paint, then lay your cut out on the grass where you wish to paint a star.
  3. Repeat until the yard is beautifully decorated, allow to dry. Talk about curb appeal... WOW!

PAINTED PALLET

  1. Pick a pallet in good shape, fix any nails sticking out by replacing them or hammering them into the wood.
  2. Sand the boards to remove any rough sports.
  3. [OPTIONAL] Prime the wood with a roll brush or wide paint brush.
  4. Place cardboard in between the pallet so paint doesn't drip onto the other side.
  5. Use painters tape and mark off a square in the top left corner for your blue paint.
  6. Once dried, use star cut outs to lay over top of boards and spray paint them white or white glitter.
  7. Once that portion has dried you can pain every other board red leaving the tape on until the pallet has dried.

Taa daa... Beautiful entry piece!

UNCLE SAM HAT COMPETITION

A couple suggestions... be creative! There are many ways to build a hat!
  1. Set up a card table with scissors, glue, star cutouts, construction paper, cotton balls, paper plates, glitter and tape and have everyone create their own Uncle Sam Hat!
  2. After everyone is done and the glue has dried, have a small parade of Uncle Sam Hats and let the party decide on the winner.

Instagram bonus - Family members in their newly made hats make the perfect photo-op! #RidgefieldFirstSaturdays

RED, WHITE, AND BLUE TAG

  1. Hand out red, white and blue tokens or something of similar size. You will need several more tokens than players. Each player should start with one token. Designate a player to be the first "It"
  2. The "It" chases other and tries to tag them. When tagged, the tagged player must give the person that tagged them their chip, and pick up a new chip before becoming the new "It"
  3. The first player to have collected 1 red, 1 white, and 1 blue chip wins!

SCAVENGER HUNT

Have fun with this one. First one in your group to complete the hunt receives a prize of your choosing - OR modify the game and make the goal to create rows or a box. Printable version available here.

Thank you for joining us!

#VIRTUALFIRSTSATURDAY

Credits:

Created with images by Belle Collective - "pepperdine 911 memorial" • Marisol Casben - "Clean eating" • Paul Weaver - "4th of July - Waving Flag"