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
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
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
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