ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- The Annual MELD Classic 8K/2 Mile Run will be held at 7 a.m. beginning on Madison under the Jefferson Street Bridge near the Trolley Station. Madison St. from E. State north to Y Blvd. will be closed.
The Annual 4th of July Parade will kick off at 5 p.m. The parade will form at 7th St. and 6th Ave., proceed north on 7th St. to E. State St., west to Wyman St., turn south and continue to Cedar St. where it will disband. Street closures will begin one hour before the parade.
Police traffic controls on arterials like 2nd, 3rd, 6th and 7th will allow traffic to cross periodically. They will remain in effect at several locations until after the annual fireworks display is complete.
Viewing of the fireworks will be permitted on the 2 northern lanes of the Chestnut St. Bridge this year.
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.
Limited parking is available in the parking deck west of the BMO Harris Bank Center on S. Church St., however, the entire 4th floor will be closed to the public.
The parking deck east of the Coronado Theatre on N. Main just north of Jefferson St. is completely open and various municipal surface parking lots are available.