7am Lifescape 4th of July Classic Run/Walk/in Downtown Rockford, contact Lifescape for all information 9am Patriotic Prayer Breakfast, Location - Beattie Park 4pm Davis Park opens, $5 admission 4:40pm Parade Master of Ceremonies, Freedom Bennett, Parade Grand Stand Stage at Wyman & State St 4:40pm Motorcycle Parade Begins 5pm Characters 2 Life (entertainment) presents Wonder Woman, Captain America, Face Painters, Children Lawn Games & more (Davis Park) 5pm Patriotic Parade Begins 5:30pm Swingbilly RFD (live entertainment), Block 5 Greenspace (across from City Hall) 6pm Rollin' Whiskey (live entertainment), Ingersoll Centennial Park 6pm Blind Date (live entertainment), Davis Park 6:15pm The Real Deal (live entertainment), Parade Grand Stand Stage at Wyman & State St 6:30pm Mr. Ed (live entertainment), Joe Marino Statue 9:15pm Davis Park Entrance Closes 9:30pm Firework Spectacle over Downtown Rockford synched to a soundtrack broadcasted on 104.9, 103.1 and 95.3.Show will also be broadcasted LIVE on TV with WTVO17 & Fox39 10pm Fireworks conclude, event ends
The Patriotic Parade forms on 7th Street and 6th, 5th and 4th Avenues. The Parade then proceeds North on 7 th Street to State Street, West on State Street, cross the bridge and continue down State Street and finally disband at Church Street.
30 Minute Show Synchronized to a soundtrack filled with patriotic, love and unity themed music. Highest shooting show in the area with shells exploding at 500’ in the air up to 800’ (For height perspective, that is like putting 3.5 [500’] Embassy Suites on top of each other at the lowest height and almost 5 [800’] Embassy Suites on top of each other at the highest height)!! Most shells, when exploding, are the size of 2 football fields wide! Multi award winning pyro company, Melrose Pyrotechnics, will again over see all fireworks this year. Melrose Pyrotechnics portfolio includes major sporting events with the NFL, NBA, NHL and MBL as well as thousands of social events and A List Concerts that we are all familiar with. They are considered one of the most premier and professional Pyrotechnics company in the United States. 5,800 shells will be ignited, including different styles of shells from all over the world. Some of those shells are new styles of Fireworks that have never been seen anywhere else in the Midwest BUT will be featured here, in Rockford, first! There will be a full 3-minute finale which will feature a shell exploding in the air every 1 ½ seconds!
BEST VIEWING AREAS:
Davis Park, South Lawn, Chestnut Street Bridge, State Street Bridge, Block 5 Greenspace, Ingersoll Centennial Park, Old Watch factory/UW Sports Factory Parking Lot, Morgan Street Bridge, Lot 2 (off of Walnut), Buchanan Street, Embassy Suites (reservations required), Along the riverbank at private social clubs and bars.
OFFICAL FOOD VENDOR INFORMATION:
Ingersoll Centennial Park: Olivo Taco & The Skybox Food Truck
Parade Grandstand Stage: (Wyman & State Streets): TBD
Joe Marino Statue: (Water & State Streets): La Calle Churro's
Block 5 Greenspace: (Across from City Hall): Disco Chicken, Veebo's Pizza, Wok and Roll by Bamboo, Cantina Taco & You're Bacon Me Crazy
Davis Park: Olivo Taco, Rapped with Smoke BBQ, DNA Concessions, Pizza Fresca, Adult Beverages from Hayes Distribution and Carbonated Beverages/Bottled Water from Pepsi