Local businesses prepare to celebrate Rockford Day

ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) - August 15 marks 815 Day, also known as Rockford Day, here in the Stateline.  

"This is a great way to celebrate Rockford and all the great businesses here," said Paula Olson, Miracle Mile Rockford. 

More than 100 local businesses will come together to celebrate 815 to provide a plethora of deals to the community.

"We are going to have $8.15 dozen sugar cookies, the 815 cookies and $8.15 Mrs. Fisher's potato chip cookies," said Polly Happach, Bella Luna Bakery. 

The Rockford Park District will also host fun events for the whole family.

"Spend $8.15 and you can golf, you can spend $8.15 and rent a motorized cart and you can spend $8.15 and have a nice meal," said Laura Gibbs-Green, Rockford Park District. 

But Rockford Neighborhood Specialist Barb Chidley says the most important part of 815 day is involvement.

"On Rockford day it’s important that they are taking that moment to spend time with the people that love and appreciate in our city," Chidley said. 

The community is encouraged to celebrate by participating in social media challenges. 

“Miracle Mile is celebrating Rockford by hosting a selfie tour with all the small businesses along East State Street," Olson said. 

"The hashtag 815 favorite whatever is something that people can post anytime they want to," Chidley said. 

Many stores will also have new 815 gear to buy. 

"We are doing a live print of a special design for 815 day featuring Dash are the mascot," said Melissa Pratt, Fleet Feet Sports. 

 If you open an account at Illinois Bank and Trust or Anytime Fitness you get a free shirt.

"Join for only $8.15 with that you get eight small group training sessions, this amazing shirt, and five body scans," said Brent Potter, Anytime Fitness. 
"It's really important that we can set aside this day and come together as a community and get out and see what's out there. You can try something new and that's kind of the beauty of this 815 Day, is that everybody has something to offer," Gibbs-Green said. 

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