ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- Downtown Rockford is bustling for the first Main Street District Block Party of the year.
Parts of Main Street and West State are blocked off for the big party which includes food, drinks, and music.
This is the second year for the street festival. A group called Main Street District started the block party's last year.
The organization is made up of several local businesses and musicians. They say it's all about building up downtown Rockford.
"You know I grew up within a mile of downtown and seeing the life put back into it after like on the waterfront, you know what happened to that, it’s just nice to see people coming out and enjoying their selves in our downtown,” Melissa Revels, a local bartender, said.
The next block party is June 27 when country music star Rodney Atkins will hit the stage.