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Rockford, IL – Monday, July 4, 2022 the City of Rockford invites citizens to enjoy the annual
celebration of our Country’s freedom with many fun, family activities. Events start at 7:00 a.m.
and continue on throughout the day ending with a spectacular fireworks show at 9:30 p.m. As
you plan your day, please keep the following information in mind:

Lifescape 4th of July Classic 5K Run/Walk will be held at 7:00 a.m. beginning on Madison
under the Jefferson Street Bridge near the Trolley Station.

Traffic will be impacted as follows:
 Madison St. from E. State north to Y Blvd. will be closed at 6:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
during this event

The Annual 4th of July Parade will kick off at 5:00 p.m. on Monday, July 4th, 2022
Traffic will be impacted as follows:
 The parade will form at 7th Street & 6th Ave., proceed north on 7th St. to E. State St., west
on State St. to Wyman St, where the parade will disband at Church St.
 Street closures will begin about 11:00 a.m., beginning with the Morgan St. bridge, and all
streets will be closed by 3:00 p.m. in the general footprint of Charles/State St. on the east,
Jefferson St. on the north, Church St. on the west, and Morgan St. on the south
Office of Mayor Thomas P. McNamara

 Police traffic control on arterials such as 2nd, 3rd, 6th and 7th Streets will allow traffic to
cross periodically, but traffic is urged to find alternate routes.
 Traffic Control will remain in effect at several of these locations until after the annual
fireworks display is complete.
 Jefferson Street Bridge will remain completely open for travelling to the west side of
 Main St. will be completely open after the parade for north/south travel
Rockford Police urge citizens to please be patient post-fireworks show, and remember
if you are traveling from a community or neighborhood on the north side of town, park
on the north side, same for east /west/ and south.
 Viewing of the fireworks will be permitted on the Morgan St. Bridge, two (2) southern
lanes of the Chestnut Street Bridge, the State St. Bridge (after the parade.) Many
excellent sites are available throughout the city, including local parks
 Parking downtown: People are urged to carpool if they plan on coming downtown, and
leave plenty of time to park and find a place to watch the parade and fireworks as spaces
fill up early. Parking is available in the first 3 floors of the parking deck west of the
BMO Harris Bank Center on S. Church St. , in the parking deck east of the Coronado
Theatre on N. Main just north of Jefferson St., and in various municipal surface parking
lots. * there are no fees for parking in the parking decks on July 4* Please watch for
signs at private lots and do not park in any lot or space where signs are posted warning
that cars will be towed, as well as any city streets posted “No Parking”


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