Area residents and visitors turned out Tuesday for the annual city-wide celebration in downtown Ridgefield
Once again, the city of Ridgefield was one of the most popular places to be on the Fourth of July. For more than 100 years, the city has taken pride in its Independence Day celebration. Organizers estimate as many as 5,000 area residents and visitors turn out each year for parades, music, contests, and other entertainment and 2023 was no exception.
The city-wide celebration included outdoor entertainment, a fun run, contests and games, food and beverages, arts and crafts, parades, and more. The highlights included:
• A fun run Tuesday morning.
• A pre-parade parade, featuring children and their pets.
• The annual Fourth of July Parade. The route was viewed from 4th Ave. and Division down to 3rd Ave., to Pioneer and 8th Ave.
• The Fourth of July Festival was held in downtown Ridgefield with food trucks, craft vendors, and more along S. Main, Pioneer, and in Overlook Park.
• A youth pie eating contest.
The Ridgefield Raptors also played host to the Portland Pickles at the Ridgefield Outdoor Recreation Complex with an afternoon holiday start. The Raptors will be home for six games in a row, beginning with the Fourth of July game. They will play the Pickles again on Wednesday and Thursday before hosting Bellingham for a three-game series beginning Friday.
Here are some photos of the 2023 Ridgefield Fourth of July celebration, courtesy of Mike Schultz of Schultz Photography.
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