Rockford Fourth of July fireworks canceled for 2020

Staff Report

ROCKFORD – The July 4 fireworks will be canceled this year because of the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, the City of Rockford announced Saturday.

“My family and I love all the activities on the Fourth of July and it’s one of the best days for our community to come together,” Mayor Tom McNamara said in a release. “We worked closely with our police, fire, and Public Works to evaluate the best options for this event.”

But, the mayor said, with health and safety of the community in mind, and as officials looked for ways to safely have the event, it was decided that it is not the right time for a large-scale gathering.

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“I’m grateful for the hard work and commitment of the Fourth of July Committee and its sponsors and all the volunteers that make this day so special,” McNamara said. “I’m confident that 2021 will be the best Fourth of July celebration yet.”

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