ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- Expect traffic delays throughout the day Thursday in Rockford.
Starting at 7 a.m., Madison Street from East State Street north to Y Boulevard will be closed. It will reopen after the MELD Classic 8K/2Mile Run concludes.
Streets that are part of the annual 4th of July Parade route will begin closing at 6 p.m. The parade starts at 7th Street and 6th Avenue. It will then head north on 7th Street to East State Street, west to Wyman Street, then south on Wyman Street and finish off just south of Cedar Street. Smaller streets that intersect the route will also be closed during the parade.
Police will allow traffic on 2nd, 3rd, 6th and 7th streets to cross periodically. It is recommended vehicles use other routes.