River Day 2017, May 7th 

RiverDay logo and Villagers in river

River Day 2017

Will be held on Sunday May 7th, from 11 am - 4pm at the newly renovated Skate House on the duck pond off of Mead St. (N. Ridgewood Rd and Meadowbrook Lane) in South Orange.

Exhibits, activities, and details will be added as they come in so like our Facebook page at facebook.com/SORiverDay for regular updates. If you or your group are interested in exhibiting or taking part in River Day contact the environmental commission via email at environmentalcommission@southorange.org.


South Orange River Day is an annual, community gathering to clean up our section of the Rahway River and celebrate environmental education and awareness with food, fun, music, and art. It’s a family friendly way to connect with your neighbors and the environment.

Contact Us

Are you an educational, community, or environmental group, musician, restaurant, or other potential exhibitor interested in joining this event? Or maybe you just have a question which hasn't been answered here. Let us know.
Boots, Hat, Sunscreen

What To Bring

• Water proof boots, old sneakers, or footwear that you don't mind getting wet
A Liability Release Form
• Curiosity and a sense of community 

What NOT to bring

• Flip-flops, sandals or open-toed shoes
• Unattended children. Parental supervision is required

RiverDay 2016 -Thank You! 

South Orange is devoted! The weather did not cooperate with us for RiverDay 2016 bringing cold temperatures and constant rain throughout May 1st. We had to scrap plans for music and seriously scale back the number of exhibitors due to a lack of weather-proof cover. But that did not dampen the spirit of the Green Team and the intrepid volunteers who enthusiastically weighed in to clean up despite adverse conditions. By the end of the day, this small group of 100 committed volunteers had filled 2 truckloads with trash pulled from the river. Though small in number this group covered the South Orange section of the Rahway River removing not only the usual cans, plastic bottles and bags, but also a computer motherboard, training wheels, a cell phone, a large oil can, and headphones! 

River Day 2015 was a huge success.

On May 3rd, 2015 volunteers removed 8,000 pounds of trash from the East Branch of the Rahway River that runs through town. The event was a record-setting leap forward in everyway, with an estimated total of 750 people enjoying the food, music, environmental education, and the largest number of exhibitors to date. We also had the most volunteers ever to sign in, roll up their sleeves, and help the river by pulling out garbage that filled up four 1-ton dump trucks provided by the Department of Public Works!

Thank you South Orange!

Cub Scouts in River