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4th of July festivities bring thousands to downtown Rockford

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ROCKFORD (WREX) -

The celebration is over, but Rockford sure had a good time during the 4th of July events.

The Dirty Fishnets started the party with a concert on State and Water Streets. They got the crowd going and dancing in the street before the 4th of July parade began.

Then the motorcycles grabbed everyone's attention and of course the classic cars, but it's the parade that really got people lining the streets.

Mr. 4th of July, Joe Marino says, "Our security people are prepared for 100,000 people to attend our event."

Some spectators set up their chairs nearly three hours early to make sure they get the best spot.

There are races, concerts and multiple parades that start before the fireworks display.

Mister 4th of July says it takes a lot to prepare all of the events. He says they start to get things going six months in advance to make sure everything goes smoothly.

State Street is packed with fans to watch the parade featuring The Phantom Regiment.  The City of Rockford Pipe Band, and more than 50 other floats passing by.

Some folks out there say it's not about the parade and fireworks for them. It's about watching the joy on their kids' faces during it all.

Mister 4th agrees, "You can hear and see people are enjoying it. It's a family event, and that's what it's all about."

"This is the best country in the world," he adds. "The country that gave millions of immigrants the chance to come here and look for a better life."

The 4th of July committee plans to start preparing for next year in January 2015.

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