This month, Northwest Bergen Lifestyle brings you our “Summer” issue. It was only a month and a half ago when the rain was coming down like cats and dogs, the temperature was in the low 40s and who knew if we’d ever see the sun, let alone summer.

July is the time of year when the kids are out of school (look for our Kids and Pets issue next month) and there is no shortage of adventures. For many, summer evokes fond memories of childhood: sleepaway camp, family vacations and swimming until your fingers shriveled up like prunes.

We also celebrate our nation’s independence, host parties for friends and family, and, if we’re lucky, take a trip to that destination we’ve longed to explore.

For those who are unfamiliar with one of the area’s extremely special programs, Camp Sunshine is now celebrating its 59th summer. Located at the Duck Pond in Ridgewood, the camp is a summer recreational program for children and young adults with multiple disabilities.

For those of you who love to bike, check out Pedal Sports in Oakland where the staff provides you with unparalleled service along with sales of the latest and greatest, including custom-designed bikes.

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream. If you’re not familiar with Van Dyk’s, Ernie’s or Rita’s, you are in for a real treat. Your July plans should include a visit to all of these specialty ice cream shops.

There is certainly no shortage of history right here in our backyard. Read about the Bishop House, the Schoolhouse Museum and the Hopper-Goetschius Museum. Take a part of your day and do something different; it’s just a short ride to see some great hometown history.

If you’ve never been to the July Fourth parade in Ridgewood, or you’re there every year without fail, it’s time to get your chairs out and reserve your seat on the parade route. The parade is celebrating its 109th year and is truly a celebration of our community and country. The day ends with the annual fireworks celebration at Veteran’s Field in Ridgewood.

Finally, head up to Ramapo College on Thursday evenings beginning on July 11 for an enjoyable outdoor concert (July 11 with fireworks). Don’t worry because if it’s raining, the concert will be moved into the Bradley Center Arena; it will keep you dry.

As always, please keep it local because local is a phenomenal place to be. Please support our professionals, our retailers and our restaurants. We have so much to offer right here in Northwest Bergen County, so please, let’s take advantage of it together.

Enjoy your summer!

Marc Schwartz, Publisher