July 3rd Wednesday
1:30 p.m.NEW EVENT Childs Play Touring Theater: Imaginative stories & poems come to life at Sinnissippi Park Band Shell. Sponsor: Rockford Park District
Part of Rockford Park Districts Imagination Station youth matinee series, presented at the Music Shell. The four-member cast performs stories and poems written by children from kindergarten through 8th grade. Begun in 1978, this is the premier professional childrens theater in the U.S.
7:00 p.m.NEW EVENT Stars & Stripes Jazz Concert: Rockford Area Jazz Legends & 18-Man Madison Jazz Orchestra at Sinnissippi Park Band Shell. Sponsor: Rockford 4th of July Committee.
Featuring 40 of the areas finest musicians, such as Diane Lewis and the 18-man Madison Jazz Orchestra directed by Rockford saxophone musician Ken Jarczyk. Also hear the Triano: Jazz Pianos 3, the Monday Morning Dixie Band, Maxine Holler (winner of the RAMIs Lifetime Achievement Award) and the Matt Paul Quintet featuring Frank Guzzardo, Mike Vaccarello, Harold Smith, John Porrazzo and Matt Spinello.
July 4th Thursday
7:00 a.m.MELD July 4th 10k, 2Mile & Family Fun Walk: at Madison Street under Jefferson Street Bridge. Sponsor: MELD, U.S.A. Track & Field, YMCA Healthy Challenge.
A Circuit race, sanctioned by the U.S.A. Track & Field, part of the YMCA Healthy Challenge. Open to all, 10k at 7 am, 2Mile Run at 7:15, Family Fun Walk at 8:30. Fee $18. High school students, $10, Fun Walk, $7. T-shirts to first 400 entrants. Cash prizes, medal awards, door prize drawing. Food & water provided.
8:30 a.m.Patriotic Breakfast Program: Begins at 9 a.m. Keynote Speaker Tim Lee, former U.S. Marine at Sinnissippi Park Band Shell. Sponsor: WGSL 91.1 Radio
8:30 a.m.Autograph Let Freedom Ring Art Show Local Artist Mark Dull: at Sinnissippi Park Band Shell Patriotic Breakfast. Sponsor: Rockford 4th of July Committee.
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l 12:00 p.m. Mark Dull at Downtown Rockford Riverview Ice House. Sponsor: Rockford 4th of July Committee.
l 3:00 p.m.Mark Dull at Davis Park, Downtown Rockford.
Meet Mark Dull, a local Rockford artist who has produced a series of printsThe Unalienable Rights of America a series dedicated to the certain unalienable rights of Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness and referred to in the Declaration of Independence as having been endowed by our Creator for all! Limited Edition artist lithographs are being sold of each original 36″ x 48″ acrylic on canvas painting. Printed on acid-free, high-quality Cougar Opaque paper that will last for many years. They are unique chronicles of history and pictures worth a thousand emotions! Features: l Heroes Day a Tribute to 9/11/01. Life on 9/11 and the Heroes who perished that day. 18″ x 24″ – $25.00/ea; l Old Glory a Tribute to all members of our Armed Forces who have fallen in the line of duty. Past Heroes who gave much for Liberty. 16″ x 20″ – $20.00/ea; l Posterity a Tribute to the young people. Heroes of the future who will define and pursue Happiness for themselves. 16″ x 20″ – $20.00/ea
12:00 p.m.NEW EVENT Power Boat Racing, Rock River Regatta at Riverview Ice House (best viewing). Sponsor: Y.95 FM Radio B3 Marine & Watersports
Noon to 4:30 p.m. Downtown Rockford on Rock River north of Jefferson St. Bridge. Sponsored by Project First Rate & Rockford 4th of July Committee. Marine Racing Club will have more than 50 boats competing for regional & national points in 12 classes. Boats range from 35 mph J class to the powerful 80 mph D class Hydros. Rockford has 11-year-old local driver, Jeff Janusevic competing in the J class races.
12:00 p.m.NEW EVENT Display of Native American Culture: at Beattie Park, downtown. Sponsor: Rockford 4th of July Committee & Native American Committee. 12 noon to 8 p.m. See 5 tepees, a wigwam, a sweat lodge, symbolic fire, many tools, weapons, drums, bows & arrows, ceremonial dress. Girl Scouts will build a miniature wigwam. Tribes represented include Choctaw, Menominee, Cherokee, Ojibwa. Uncle Nanos will display Southwest Art. Cherokee Nation & Indian Art will have an exhibit. Learn the history of Native Americans in this area.
Gates open 3:00 p.m.SkyConcert Skybox Band: at Davis Park (South Lawn). Sponsor: WXRX 104.9 FM
Music starts at 4 p.m. Bands playing will be Magnum Opus, Poor Mans Fortune and The Clayton Miller Blues Band. Admission: $5, children 5 and under admitted free. Advance tickets available at MetroCentre Box Office. Location, Davis Park. Blankets & lawn chairs OK.
3:00 p.m.*Ice Skating Show Remember 9-1-1 U.S.A.: at the Riverview Ice House. Sponsor: Rockford Park District.
Presented by the Ice Skating Institute Booster Club, featuring nearly 100 skaters from the area. They will do a Remembrance of Heroes dedication on ice. A guest from Colorado, Andrea Cesario, will also appear. Admission: $3 adults, children under 6, free. Presented simultaneously with the Power Boat Show.
6:45 p.m.Motorcycle Parade: along 7th Street to South Wyman. Sponsor: Dana Caldwell, HOG Motorcycles.
Open to all motorcycles, hope to have 350-400 riders. Participants are encouraged to attach an American flag to their cycles; also bring club flags and wear any red, white or blue colors. No registration, no fee. Meet at 7th St. and 3rd Ave.; line-up starts at 6:15 p.m.
7:00 p.m.Ski Broncs Show: at Shorewood Park. Sponsor: Ski Broncs Team
Water show team will perform a Fourth of July show. Admission is free. Concessions available starting at 6 p.m. Grandstand seating, plus areas for lawn chairs. Show starts with a 4-high pyramid and ends with a Patriotic Pyramid. Skiers will be in red, white and blue costumes. Two jumper boys who were in Austria on an exchange program will be returning for this show. They are part of a Quad Helihelicopter spins. Show will also feature a cloning machinea perfect boy and girl skier will go into the machine, and come out as multiples. Some folks stay after the show to see the fireworks at Rockford Country Club just across the river.
7:00 p.m.Annual 4th of July Parade: along 7th Street to South Wyman. Sponsor: Rockford 4th of July Committee.
Let Freedom Ring parade this year is dedicated to our local firefighters and law enforcement agencies. A Mass Color Guard followed by area fire and police vehicles with emergency lights flashing will lead the parade. At 6:45, before the parade starts, 300 motorcycles will roar down the parade route, each one displaying an American flag. Parade starts at 3rd Avenue & 7th Street, proceeds north to Charles, north to East State, west on East State to Wyman, south on Wyman to Wyman Extension, then on to South Main St., south to Cedar St. where units will disband.
8:00 p.m.Carl A. Cole AKA Mr. C: Lot #38 on Wyman St. Across from Metro. Sponsor: Rockford 4th of July Committee.
He will perform jazz and patriotic music, singing and piano, and will be accompanied by Bill Doll on clarinet.
9:30 p.m.SkyConcertFireworks Synchronized to Music Over Downtown Rockford: Bring your radio. Sponsored by Rockford 4th of July & WXRX 104.9 Radio
Begins at 9:30 p.m. More than 4,000 fireworks will hurtle skyward during a 31-minute aerial display, which will be synchronized to a musical soundtrack broadcast on WXRX (104.9 FM). SkyConcert 2002 will originate from a new site in downtown Rockfordthe ComEd property on the east side of Rock River. The first 150-shell burst of special shells will light up the skies in red, white and blue, the colors of our flag. The second burst of shells will reflect the colors of the City of Rockfords flag, kelly green and white in honor of the citys 150th birthday. The third burst of shells will be light blue and yellow honoring the Swedish flag, celebrating 150 years of Swedes settling in Rockford.
July 6th Saturday
8:00 p.m.NEW EVENT Rockford Symphony Concert Patriotic Concert: Bengt Sjostrom Theater (Rock Valley College) OSF Healthcare & Rockford Capital Leasing.
Join the Rockford Symphony for a special musical celebration marking our nations independence at Bengt Sjostrom Theatre, Rock Valley College. Patriotic marches will be performed outdoors by Maestro Steven Larsen and the musicians of Rockford Symphony Orchestra. Tickets are $15 for adults, $14 for children under 18. Selections will include: The Star Spangled Banner, Yankee Doodle and The 1812 Overture.