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4th of July Events in Rockford

The Rockford region is home to numerous events that celebrate our country's independence! Sit back and watch a colorful parade at several locations, listen to some fantastic live music, or grab a lawn chair to awe at the various spectacular fireworks displays. Whatever you're looking to do, there are plenty of ways to celebrate the good ole' Red White and Blue in the area!

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4th of July Events

Durand 4th of July Festival
July 1 - 4
Nick Saelens Memorial Park (Durand)

Spend a weekend in Durand celebrating the 4th of July! There are fun events happening all weekend including kids' rides, games, live music, outhouse races, a Family Color Vibe Walk and Durand Charm Duck Race!

ComEd Independence Day Spectacular
July 2  |  8 p.m.
Starlight Theatre at Rock Valley College

Celebrate our country's independence with the Rockford Symphony Orchestra. Enjoy an evening under the stars with a concert of patriotic favorites, complete with fireworks and John Philip Sousa.

4th of July concert at Starlight Theatre

NASCAR Racing and Fireworks Extravaganza
July 3  |  7:05 p.m.
Rockford Speedway

The highlight of the 4th of July is the terrific fireworks display, plus the Midnight Ride of Paul Revere for the Kickstart Roadrunners - "the race run in total darkness!"

July 4th YSN Classic Alan Hutchcroft Memorial Run/Walk
July 4  |  7 a.m.
Trolley Station (downtown Rockford)

The YSN Classic is a run on the beautiful bike path, winding along the Rock River. The course is flat and fast. There is the Alan Hutchcroft Memorial 8K Run, 2 Mile Run, and 1 Mile Fun Walk.

4th of July Family Fest in Winnebago
July 4  |  7:30 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Winnebago High School

Celebrate Independence Day in Winnebago with a parade, food and vendor booths, a car show, live music, and fireworks that begin at dusk.

4th of July Celebration & Military Appreciation
July 4  |  10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Magic Waters Waterpark

Spend the 4th of July holiday at Magic Waters before you head off to see one of the great fireworks displays in the Rockford area! Bring your military ID card and receive one free admission.

July 4th Independence Day Events in Cherry Valley
July 4  |  1 p.m.
Cherry Valley Village Hall

The annual 4th of July Patriotic Parade will start at Village Hall. Decorate your bike or anything on wheels and arrive at 12:45 p.m. to line up for the parade. Fireworks will be displayed after dusk from Baumann Park.

Uncle Sam Dam Jam
July 4  |  5 - 10 p.m.
Owly Oop Sports Pub

Gain exclusive access to Owly Oop Sports Pub along the river for a 4th of July party and prime viewing of the Rockford fireworks show. Rollin' Whiskey and B103 will be on site playing the Sky Concert during the fireworks.

Downtown Rockford 4th of July Parade
July 4  |  7 p.m.
Downtown Rockford

The 54th Annual Rockford 4th of July Parade starts promptly at 7 p.m. from 7th Street and 6th Avenue. The parade proceeds west on State Street, crosses the bridge, and ends at Chestnut and Winnebago Streets.

Ski Broncs Water Ski Show Team

Ski Broncs Waterski Show and Fireworks Display
July 4  |  7 p.m.
Shorewood Park

The Ski Broncs' dazzling water ski show is in its 50th year! Powered by 2,000 horsepower, it's like Cirque du Soleil on the Rock River. To celebrate Independence Day, there will be a huge fireworks display following the show!

Skyconcert Fireworks Spectacular
July 4  |  9:30 p.m.
Downtown Rockford

The 54th annual fireworks display features 5,000 shells exploding over downtown Rockford. Premium viewing area is at Davis Park (open at 4 p.m.), but the show can be viewed along the river in the downtown area!