ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- This is the unofficial end to summer and it's also a time to honor America's workforce.
For some people, it's all about the free candy at the Labor Day Parade in downtown Rockford.
But for people like Rick Thompson, it's a day to remember those who work hard in the Stateline and nationwide.
"Labor Day means the recognition of the workforce in America and the workforce that has built this country," Thompson said. "It's great that we all can get together and do this type of thing today."
Thompson is a member of Teamsters 325 and he joins hundreds of others walking in the parade.
Families lined 7th Street and State Street for the festivities all looking to take the time to sit back and relax.
"We work a lot of hours and bus drivers go through a whole lot, but it's great to have a day off," said Gregori Hanserd, a bus driver for Rockford Mass Transit. "It's more relaxing and it's just good to be off."
"Everyone has to be thankful to actually have a job because there are so many Americans without jobs to where this is a joyous occasion for people that are working," said Jerry Whitfield, a co-worker of Hanserd.
After early fears of water raining down on this parade, everybody left happy, appreciative and, of course, with candy.