Van Neste Square is a small square-shaped park in downtown Ridgewood. At the Western end of Van Neste Square lies RIdgewood's War Memorial, which consists of a column topped by an eagle. The memorial has plaques at its base, which feature the names of Ridgewood's citizens who have died while serving their country in our various wars. On Memorial Day every year, the town holds a ceremony in honor of the war dead, and people leave wreaths at the memorial in honor of the fallen soldiers, sailors, and airmen.
Ridgewood offers free concerts and performances on most Tuesday and Thursday nights in the summer. These are held at the bandshell at Veterans Field, which is just behind the Library and Village Hall. There is usually a wide variety of performers offered, including concert bands, barbershop quartets, jazz musicians, country music, and Gilbert & Sullivan musicals. You must bring your own blanket and/or seats, as well as your own refreshments.
Ridgewood is a town of 25,000 people and has over 50 restaurants, which serve food from all over the world, including Chinese, Japanese, Thai, Indian, Turkish, Lebanese, French, Italian, Greek, Dominican, and, of course, American.
Graydon Pool is Ridgewood's town swimming pool. It is actually a large spring-fed pond with a sand beach surrounding it on all sides. It is the most popular spot in Ridgewood during the summertime, with hundreds of children and their parents enjoying the water and the sand every day. The pool is open to Ridgewood residents and their guests.