During this holiday weekend, the Department of Homeland Security is urging law enforcement officials to increase their presence at local events.
The Rockford Fire Department has 100 officers working on the 4th. Most are controlling traffic or out walking the streets in downtown Rockford. It's estimated that about 70,000 people take part in the various activities throughout the day.
In terms of security the 4th of July is similar to the same steps the Rockford Police Department takes during on the waterfront.