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East Ridge Continues Its July 4th Traditions

Jun 30, 2015 | Recent Updates

East Ridge at Cutler Bay has many traditions but few are as patriotic as the retirement community’s annual July 4th golf cart parade!

Dating back to 1968, it is a tradition that continues while each year taking on a new twist.

Held on the morning of July 4th, residents and staff organize at the Lifestyle Center and then head off in a parade throughout the community in festive red, white and blue decorated golf carts and bicycles and compete for prizes.  But it’s less about the prizes as it is about community spirit.

The excitement starts several days prior to the 4th as plans get underway to creatively adorn the carts.  Department managers and their teams join in too.  Employees bring their families and residents’ children and grandchildren attend.

Despite the Florida heat and humidity, people come decked out in costumes.  There’s a variety of Uncle Sams and Lady Liberties riding on the carts.  A local antique car club participates as well each year.

Those not riding in the parade line the meandering route throughout East Ridge and wave as their neighbors parade by.

July 4th traditions date back to 1776 when members of the Second Continental Congress adopted the final draft of the Declaration of Independence in Philadelphia.  Following its adoption the Declaration was read in various American cities and patriots erupted in cheers and celebrations whenever they heard it.  In 1777 on July 4th, bells were rung, guns fired, candles lighted and firecrackers were set off.

At East Ridge, the July 4th celebrations continue after the golf cart parade.  A traditional barbecue of hamburgers and hotdogs and all the trimmings are served by the food and beverage department at the Lifestyle Center’s auditorium.