The Woodridge Special Events Committee -
4th of July/Independence Day Celebration
for The Village of Woodridge 2009

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Well, it’s August, but I got to take you back to earlier in summer to the beginning of July 2009. The 4th July or Independence Day is an all American holiday We can really celebrate right. There are so many ways to celebrate our independence. On Saturday July 4, 2009 at Castaldo Park in Woodridge, Illinois The Woodridge Special Events Committee put on The 4th of July Celebration for The Village of Woodridge.

Although very wet and rainy, the crowds still turned up in groves to celebrate America’s Independence. Like true Americans, guests braved the rain and brought their tents and umbrella’s.

This event included a yummy menu, including hot dogs, brats, chips, soda, and ice cream. Of course the beer tent, which isn’t really a tent, served foamy ice-cold brew skies. Beer volunteers included a good friend of mine and mayor of The Village of Woodridge Bill Murphy. Getting served a beer by the mayor himself is quite a thing, don’t see that everyday. Also there was plenty of fun activities for the kiddies, including pony rides and a trackless train. Also Jewel/Osco had cool items for sale and a dunk tank, with all the proceeds going to the Woodridge Pantry.

Athough The Music Company a staple for the picnic for nearly 2 decades were unable to play in the rain because of fear of electrocution, there still was some nice music played from cd’s.

The event started off with The Woodridge Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1578 having a special plaque re-dedication for Castaldo Park. Mr. Sam Castaldo proudly served his country in The United States Navy. and lost his life in the Vietnam War. This park was named in Sam’s memory. Now, finally, The Woodridge VFW has put up a special plaque up on the gazebo, which will remain there for the duration of the parks lifespan.

After that The Woodridge VFW had a special 12 gun saluate and flag raising taking place, just before the picnic officially started.

Also this year 2009 The Village of Woodridge is celebrating it’s 50th anniversary and The Woodridge Park District is celebrating it’s 40th anniversary. At this pcinic as another part of Celebrate Woodridge, The picnic had a special section reserved for founding and original or close to original residents. This section provided long time residents a chance to visit and socialize with each other.

The Woodridge Special Events Committee is a non-profit organization comprised of all volunteers that puts on several important events in The Village of Woodridge. Events include this 4th of July Picnic, as well as Santa comes to Woodridge at Scholastic Church. 

Village Trustee, Member of The Woodridge Special Events Committee and cook for The Picnic Joe Kaggan, tells us more about what was happening today.

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